Tomas Percival is an artist, researcher, and writer. His work critically investigates the intersections of space and security, with a particular interest in structures of assessment, risk governance, carceral geographies, data infrastructures, and border administration. He holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was previously a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University and artist-in-residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie. He is currently a Lecturer at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
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Border Environments: The Entangled Politics of Ecology and Migration

Co-organiser of public programme with Riccardo Badano

Date: 12 - 13 May 2022
Institution: Centre for Research Architecture x Het Nieuwe Instituut

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This public programme set out to critically investigate the interplay between environmental processes and migration struggles. This two-day programme of talks, projects, screenings, and conversations outlined a conceptual and practical framework for examining how the environment has become an active agent in making cross-border mobilities and immobilities. By examining a number of key issues—including the weaponisation of (semi-)natural landscapes in border situations, the deployment of nature conservation projects, and the transformation of ecosystems through security thinking—the programme aimed to expose the political and material effects of environmental forces in relation to bordering and exclusion.

Including contributions from Dele Adeyemo, Arun Agrawal, Andrea Bagnato, the Border Ecologies Network, Nadine El-Enany, Sara Frikech, Uriel Orlow, Hanna Rullmann & Faiza Ahmad Khan, The School of Mutants, Juanita Sundberg, and Gabrielle Wolf.

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