Migrant subjects create migrant imaginaries. Ideas, customs,
technologies and expressive forms circulate alongside mobile communities
and, in so doing, they mutate, reconfigure and affect surrounding
cultures. The very notion of culture is inseparable from these processes
of diffusion, friction, transformation and creolization. When the
journeys and experiences of people on the move are documented and
represented, migration itself becomes the subject of culture. Rituals
and institutions, knowledge and identities, phonemes, pigments and
pixels, notions of taste, class, gender or ethnicity migrate across time
and space at any given epoch. Today, the advent of machine learning and
algorithmic technologies means that many of these migrations occur
without being mediated, or even perceived, by humans.
In 'FOREIGN AGENTS', the sixth and final issue of MIGRANT
JOURNAL, you will follow the journeys of Diamond Painting across China,
the real-life utopia of Esperanto, the bedazzled domes of Jerusalem and
the digital landscapes of Poland, an exploration of Freud's 'uncanny'
and Borges's labyrinths, but also buddae jjigae and fusion-style Polish carp among many other stories.