15 to 21 June 2020
Subject to any further disruption or restrictions due to coronavirus, IWM plans to open its Refugees season this summer.
What will immigration control be like by the year 2220?
A new interactive artwork is coming to the streets of Manchester as part of IWM’s Refugees season. In this experience, created by award-winning artists Anagram, you will be taken into an imaginary future world where international movement is policed by intelligent machines. You will meet a border guard driven by artificial intelligence (AI). Your face is your passport. How you use it during your meeting will inform where you are sent.
Commissioned by IWM, this immersive experience invites you to reflect on the labyrinthine systems currently used to process people fleeing conflict.
The installation will travel to locations across the city to coincide with Refugee Week (15 – 21 June 2020) and provide a counterpoint to IWM North’s Aid Workers: Ethics under Fire.
Manchester Piccadilly station: 15 – 17 June 2020
Hatch, Manchester: 18 – 21 June 2020
A Face to Open Doors is part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, new artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North in 2020. Unlocking the personal stories of people who have been forced to flee their homes and those who work to support and care for them, Refugees gives us the space to consider our own responses to similar experiences and dilemmas.