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.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Bethany Rigby → WATCH THIS SPACE Marit Mihklepp → HOLOBIONT TALES Justinien Tribillon, Isabel Seiffert and Christoph Miler → SUBATOMIC DIPLOMACY Élisée Reclus → THE WHITE MAN'S CLOVER AND THE MAORI'S FERN D. Habets, S. Schäfer and C. S. Hu → THE MISSING MINERAL Sim Chi Yin → SHIFTING SANDS Leonardo Dellanoce, Ana María Gómez López and Femke Herregraven → THE GAME OF LIFE Skye Morét → DAWN OF THE PLASTISPHERE Andrea Bagnato and Anna Positano → ARRIVEDERCI AD ARBOREA Ada Kwan → TUBERCULOSIS’S SILENT MOVES Crystal Bennes → THORVALDSEN’S WEEDS