Filmmaker Abdelkarim El-Fassi, who produced the video, explains: “I’ve never felt this uncomfortable while directing a video. Sure, it’s totally unethical and pedagogically irresponsible, and yet as a society we’ve practiced this on the macro-level for years. We’ve been talking certain communities into feelings of collective guilt for years. This has to stop, otherwise the problem will fester on for generations to come. I don’t want my nephew Hamza, who can be seen in the film, to be held accountable for matters that have nothing to do with him. He is a third generation Dutch-Moroccan. There is no justification whatsoever for him being treated differently from his white peers.”
Distance from Home
Data-Driven DJ by Brian Foo (brianfoo.com) is a series of music experiments that combine data, algorithms, and borrowed sounds.
This song was generated using refugee data from the United Nations from 1975 to 2012. The quantity, length, and pitch of the song’s instruments are controlled by the volume of refugee movement and distance traveled between their countries of origin and asylum.
Alexander von Humboldt Lecture
“Decentering’ research on transnational Mobilities, integration and diversities? Explorations of small locations at the ‘outskirts of Europe’. Alexander von Humboldt Lecture, Universities of Nijmegen/Wagendingen, 11.11.2019, Netherlands