Migrant Journal – Number 4: Dark Matters

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MIGRANT JOURNAL explores the circulation of people, goods, information, but also fauna and flora, around the world and the transformative impact they have on space. While migration is part of humanity’s genesis, it seems the phenomenon has become ubiquitous, happening faster, with complex ramifications. MIGRANT aims at exploring the relationship between these elements, events, journeys and spaces bound under the idea of ‘migration’ in all its forms, crucial to understand today’s society.

As you enter a dark space, your pupils dilate to allow more light to hit your retina, to allow you to see. If darkness is the absence of light, or the absorption of photons by a surface, it also constitutes a counterpoint that creates voids and leading lines. Darkness is what remains hidden. It can be ugliness, criminality, hatred, oppression, colonialism. Dark is the night, darker are the deeds. But darkness also embodies both beginning and infinity—a breeding ground for alternative thinking, dubious exchanges and non-normative pleasures. What starts as a shady business might soon turn into normality.

In this fourth issue, read about the migration of psychotropic mushroom across the deserts of California, the decolonisation of money, the use of artificial intelligence to determine asylum seekers origins, hear about centuries-old peoples from West Africa living deep in the forest of Suriname or the “kamikazis” smuggling petrol from Nigeria to Benin—and many other stories of darkness and migration.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Charlotte Malterre-Barthes & A. George Bajalia
→ CROSSING INTO CEUTA

Parsa Sanjana Sajid
→ HUNDI & HAWALA

Michaela Büsse
→ TIL GRAVITATION IS THE CAUSE OF MIGRATION

Javier Corso
→ ESSENCE DU BÉNIN

C. S. Hu 
→ ABYSSAL THEORY

Max Opray
→ THEY FUCK IT UP

Giorgos Kassiteridis
→ VOX EX ORIENTIS

Alice Bucknell
→ EXIT STRATEGIES

Mauro Tosarelli
→ MY LAND

Benjamin H. Bratton
→ BEYOND ELYSIUM

Yeb Wiersma & Ishion Hutchinson
→ NOT OUR RHYTHM SECTION

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