|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.