Humans migrate, animals migrate – “migration” is a central theme in both human societies and animal populations. For the first time, migration researchers across the University of Konstanz will come together in a single event to share wide-ranging perspectives and findings on this rich and storied topic.
Researchers from the Zukunftskolleg; the two Clusters of Excellence “Politics of Inequality” and “Collective Behavior”; and the Cultural Studies Research Center will present their diverse studies on migration across the realms of politics, biology, law and sociology in lively three-minute speed talks.
Framing this showcase of science will be an exhibition of works by George Butler, an artist who includes human as well as animal global movement in his exploration of “migration”, highlighting the interactive elements of both. The exhibition, which will run for the entire month from 11 June - 12 July, will host a mid-exhibition event on June 25.
Exhibition “Anima Mundi” by Illustrator George Butler (London)
George Butler is an award winning artist and illustrator specialising in travel and current affairs. His drawings, done in situ are in pen, ink and watercolour. Over the last ten years his desire to record scenes in ink rather than with a camera has meant he has witnessed some extraordinary moments; refugee camps in Bekaa Valley, in the oil fields in Azerbaijan, in Gaza with Oxfam, in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria, Iraq and most recently in Yemen... the list goes on.
"The skill is to use drawing as an interview technique for an entire situation, I make visual notes in ink as time passes. It isn't all about conflict, the drawings are of more common experiences than those on our front pages, they are of unfolding scenes, of habits, of stories, or of a single character" He says.
His drawings have been published by The Times (London), Monocle, New York Times, the Guardian, BBC, CNN, Der Spiegel, ARD television Germany, NPR. His work has been shown in the Imperial War Museum North and the V&A Museum which also holds some of his work in the National Archive.