Issue 19 of Tate Etc. (Summer 2010) includes a discussion among Mark Godfrey, TJ Demos, Eyal Weizman and Ayesha Hameed, on the topic of migration.
It marks a shift from the preoccupation with the idea of nomadism in the 1990s, a form of artistic mobility that was quite affirmative and celebratory in the years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the liberalisation of China.
What is interesting about Capsular is the way Asselberghs describes the lack of anything to see on the journey between one place and another, despite the fact that 1,000 migrants drown on the Strait of Gibraltar each year.
More “serious” work enables a certain kind of discourse. But then what happens if you transpose this discourse on to these fragile objects and utopian impulses that, say, Walter Benjamin locates within the consciousness of children?