Founded in 2018, the Media+Migration Lab (M2Lab) is an initiative designed to engage thinkers, writers, media-makers and the broader community to open up fresh pathways of creativity and dialogue about migration. Housed in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City, the M2Lab has its beginnings in its ongoing foundational project, Migration Mapping, launched in 2016 as a living digital archive for media and migration.
Using the prism as a guiding metaphor, M2Lab focuses on the processes and conditions of alternative world-building. The prism sits at the intersection of science, art, philosophy, design, and communication. As such, it is emblematic of the unexpected patterns and illuminations we seek to cultivate through the possibilities opened up by contemporary media.
Our multimedia projects participate, directly or obliquely, in the larger cultural conversations about immigration, belonging, identity, culture, and citizenship. They explore geographies of difference through the ethic of interactivity inherent in stories. In medias res, migration as story throws us into the middle of things, the place from which a medium starts to operate. Clearing a space, setting up shop, inviting the guests, stories are always a means to other stories. By tapping into the enabling power of stories, we hope to build, over time, models and prototypes of the prismatic consciousness.
To learn more or contribute to the M2Lab, please check out our Submissions page or reach out to us through our contact details below.
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Content & Contributors
The M2Lab was created with support from The New School and Wayward Creative. The project's content and media continuously grow and evolve through work provided by contributors across a wide variety of media and experiences.