Theme: Migration


Date: October 18th 2016


Venue: Space Studios

The White Building, Queen's Yard, White Post Ln, London E9 5EN

For our third event, we are very pleased to invite two fantastic storytellers working at the bleeding edge of there respective field. They are:


Dr Benjamin Nix: PositiveNegatives produce literary comics about contemporary social and human rights issues. We combine ethnographic research with illustration and photography, adapting personal testimonies into art, education and advocacy materials.


Narratives are adapted directly from first-hand interviews. Illustrations are based on photographs taken during field research. Names and identifying characteristics are altered, and testimony is rendered anonymous, freeing contributors to be candid even when discussing topics that are sensitive or have security implications.


Dr. Benjamin Dix is the founder and director of Positive/Negative, exploring complex issues such as migration, conflict and asylum through comics combining literature, journalism and education. He has worked as a Communications Manager for the United Nations and various international NGOs across Asia and Africa for over 10 years.


Ana Naomi de Sousa: Forensic Architecture is a research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London. It includes a team of architects, scholars, filmmakers, designers, lawyers and scientists to undertake research that gathers and presents spatial analysis in various forums. Forensic Architecture provides evidence for international prosecution teams, political organisations, NGOs, and the United Nations in various processes worldwide. Additionally, the agency undertakes historical and theoretical examinations of the history - and present status - of forensic practices in articulating notions of public truth.


"Saydnaya" is a collaboration with Amnesty International for their report on torture and human rights abuses in state-run prisons in Syria. Using architectural and acoustic modelling, FA helped survivors to build the notorious prison of Saydnaya from memory, and now present it as 3-d digital reconstruction, embedded with video and audio testimony.


Ana Naomi de Sousa is a documentary filmmaker who collaborates with Forensic Architecture on film and media.

As in our previous events, we follow our guests inspirational talks with some physical application:


A select group of workshop leaders will present table activities further exploring the evening's theme of 'Migration'.

As the talks conclude, these organisers will pitch to the assembley what their tables have to offer and whence they have attracted participants, will begin playfully experimenting.

After an allotted period of time, the whole group will reassemble to discuss the work realised at each table.

As is customary, we will end our busy evening with drinks at the bar.


Just prior however, we will hold an 'Open Mic' session, which is an opportunity for our community to make announcements and advertise for collaborators within the group.

We are very happy that our event will be hosted by Space Studios at

The White Building, Queen's Yard, White Post Ln, London E9 5EN