Obsessed by the movements of humans, the ‘big picture’ and the
mega-infrastructure that make their circulation possible, we forget that
every great journey has its origin below the radar. The planetary and
the microscopic are not necessarily in opposition—life is but a flow of
minerals. At the micro scale, the biological and the geological become
one, with metabolism interlinking human and non-human entities. Disease,
from the plague to H1N1, travel mysteriously and are therefore
terrifying—fear moving faster than bacteria. Seeds, plants, fauna have
travelled the world, and back again, echoing humanity’s stories of
exploration, exploitation and colonisation.
In ‘MICRO ODYSSEYS’, the fifth and penultimate issue of Migrant
Journal, we explore the microscopic in movement: from shooting stars to
shifting sands, bacteria in Estonia and particles in Geneva, mosquitoes
in fascist Italy and tuberculosis in Indian cities, micro-plastics
floating in the Pacific Ocean, Roman weeds and their mysterious
migration to Copenhagen.