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James Noël

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James Noël – Unfinished Histories Vol. VIII

James Noël started writing La Migration des Murs in 2012 in response to what he called “the proliferation and derangement of walls”. In a moment in which walls have become a symbol of the inventive and seemingly boundless cruelty of national borders regimes and migration systems, Noël’s ongoing work traces the multiplying architectures enclosing, separating and observing us, and imagines a world beyond them. With amused disdain, the poem studies the history and the function of walls down to the last bracket, and anticipates their demise: “The civilisation of walls has come to an end.” (James Noël)