Workshop Two

Accessing and Understanding Migration(s) Through Arts and Creativity  

Saturday, 6 November 2021; 10.00-12.30 / online.  The workshop was recorded – you can access the recorded presentations here

Join us for hands-on activities, micro-talks and conversations with artists, gamers, and educators exploring how arts, languages, and creativity may be used in teaching and learning about migration, and how connections between academic research and artistic practice may relate to understanding, interpreting, and dissemination of migration narratives.

Workshop Programme:

10.00-10.30 Materialisation of future: Hands-on art activity [Paria Moazemi Goodarzi, freelance artist, Glasgow]

How contemporary art can play a role in today’s social and political transformations? How can art help create a connection that helps society understand the world around us? Glasgow-based artist Paria Moazemi Goodarzi explores these issues in a short video Materialisation of Future as well as hands-on activities with workshop participants.

10:35 – 10.40 A very brief introduction and welcome [Dobrochna Futro, University of Glasgow]

10.45-11.10 Screening and reflections on the collaborative primary school film project Abandonnée (2016) [Marie Gaillard, Europa School, UK]

Under guidance of Marie Gaillard, a year 5 class created a stop motion film about unfairness and friendship through the story of a French and a Syrian girl, who meet on a journey to France, by using photos, film, music, drawing, painting, and stop motion programming. Join us for the screening of this short film and conversation with Marie about filmmaking, working with children, and their reflections on the participation in this project at the time of its production and today. Marie is a French teacher in Europa School, Culham, Oxfordshire.

11.15-11.35 Introduction to Migration Games and Making Games: two micro-talks [Dr Iain Donald and Ákos Démuth; Abertay University]

Iain’s research explores commemoration and memoralisation in videogames and interactive media. In his micro-talk Iain will reflect on representations of migration in popular videogames such as Bury me, my love and Papers please. Ákos is a video game designer, programmer, and PhD research student studying data science and visualisation techniques. He will provide some introduction to making games and demonstrate it by using small tools that require no real experience.

11.40-11.55 Painting Migration: a micro-talk [Fruszina Pittner, University of Dundee]

Fruszina Pittner is a PhD researcher, a digital and traditional artist, short story writer and poem dabbler. In her micro-talk she will reflect on a series of images between 2018-2019 depicting her experience with migrating to Scotland from Eastern Europe, specifically post-Brexit depression, alienation, and education.

12.00-12.15 ‘Exploring Polish art in the Hunterian collections: Janka Malkowska’ a micro-talk [Emma Hardy, University of Glasgow]

Emma Hardy, postgraduate student at the University of Glasgow, will talk about how museum sources (in this case the Hunterian Archives & Special Collections) may be designed for use in discussing immigration and different cultures within the Curriculum for Excellence on the example of the work of Janka Malkowska, a Polish artist who fled Poland during the Second World War and later settled in Scotland.

12:20-12:30 Final remarks, questions, and reflections

For more details about the project please visit: