Map Making workshop in mima

Dates | June 2018 - September 2018
Location | Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima)

Through this project we create a new oral history archive for the Tees Valley in collaboration with residents, researchers, and activists. This draws together the experiences of settled populations, people of colour, and emerging communities, from the widest spectrum of backgrounds. This activity maps alternative routes of migration, labour and relationships through personal narratives in the largely unheard, often undocumented, voices of local people.


Instructions: Grab and move the graph around. Scroll to zoom-in and zoom-out.

Transboundary: tomorrow we'll trample you with our shoes!, Marianne Sorge, Peppergrass on war-rug; 2-channel audiotape, 2012
Transboundary: tomorrow we'll trample you with our shoes!, Marianne Sorge, Peppergrass on war-rug; 2-channel audiotape, 2012

Map Making Workshop at ABKW

Dates | October 2018 - November 2018
Location | The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Carpets are not just movable spaces or forms of transportable architecture, they are also containers – and transmitters – of information and at the same time a representation of the world. For most of the participants, who come from Southeastern Europe or the Middle East, a carpet is a very common object in everyday life and use; its production is a common process, and the weavers are in most cases women. For these formal and processual reasons, the map generated in this project will be realized as a textile object, based on the concept of the carpet.
The production will rely on existing self-organized groups, such as a multicultural group of knitters that regularly collaborate and exchange their culturally specific techniques in Gemeindebau Park, or the sewing machinists of the Kattunfabrik, an integration project that provides jobs for textile workers in sustainable and design-oriented surroundings.
For three workshop sessions in the run-up to the exhibition, the participants will get together with a group of students from secondary schools, where the students carry out their teaching practice – with these individuals usually having diverse backgrounds too. Based on the aggregation of their technical expertise with the young artists’ skills of representation and mediation, the team will interpret the contents of the exhibition and develop the spatial relations and organisation of the material. In smaller groups of mixed generations, four carpets will then be realised that aim to address audiences in the four cities in which the project as a whole is taking place.

Circular Storytelling

Dates | 29 September to 5 October 2018
Location | Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova

A workshop with migrants led by the artist Ibro Hasanović at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova from 29 September to 5 October 2018 resulted in a series methods to induce stories told in varius media:

  • a performative video Circular Storytelling,
  • a series of clay sculptures,
  • lists of humorous examples of words pronunciated the same in Slovenian and migrants' mother tongues (Arabian, Farsi, Tigrinya, Tigre, Dahlik, Dari, Pashto) but have quite different and unexpected meaning.

Đorđe Balmazović (ŠKART)​, Maps, 2013 - 2015, drawing on paper transferred on canvas. Courtesy of the artist
Đorđe Balmazović (ŠKART)​, Maps, 2013 - 2015, drawing on paper transferred on canvas. Courtesy of the artist

Map Making Workshop at MY

Dates | March 2019 - September 2019
Location | Museum of Yugoslavia

This workshop will be done in collaboration with the ŠKART art collective and a group of five refugees to or from Serbia from the 1990s. They will tell their personal stories (in the form of oral histories), which will then be transferred to the map. This map will represent part of the exhibition as well as an educational tool for use in the future activities of the museum mediators. It will be made in edition of 4+1, and a copy will be distributed to each partner institution, as well as to the local community of refugees that took part in the workshop.

Map making

Map Making is a transversal mediation activity, which will take place in all four venues and include artists, educators and members of local migrant communities. 

Every workshop will include different participants, who will produce a map using different materials; in Vienna, for example, the map will be realized by self-organized groups of knitters as a textile object; in MIMA, with the participation of the local refugees and the artist Burak Arikan, as a Graph Commons platform. At the Museum of Yugoslavia, the workshop will be based on the personal stories and oral histories of five refugees to or from Serbia from the 1990s, realized in collaboration with ŠKART art collective; while in Ljubljana the workshop will take place at the local asylum centre with the Bosnian artist Ibro Hasanović. 

In this way, each partner will provide a map in an edition of 4 + 1. At the end of the project, each partner will get four different maps (one from each partner institution). One map will always remain in the local migrant community. More detailed descriptions of the workshops can be found within the partners’ individual mediation activities. 

Map Making will not only contribute to the greater visibility of the project, but also serve as an example of an innovative mediation method, using artistic activities to create the conditions for social cohesion.