Having experienced and reflected on the workshop, I feel compelled to take the issue to the streets. Not to cultivate empathy, but to challenge the narrative. I want to talk to people and learn their views on immigration, and one theme that emerged from the workshop was the idea of representation of migrants post brexit.
I imagine an intervention at the site of the free newspapers, perhaps a QR code that directs the user to this short interaction – an alternate narrative to that contained in the free paper they just took.
This brief interaction involves identifying the birthplace of a recognisable British figure. I tested the idea through conversation with a few strangers I encountered and it proved an interesting conversation starter.
The list includes: Rupert Murdoch, Prince Philip, Marks and Spencers founder, Boris Johnson, Cliff Richard.. And many others. All immigrants.
I want to take a rapid prototype out on the street to test it and so have applied for permission to set up in the Elephant and castle shopping centre ASAP.