Title: Arrival, Departure, Return
‘Arrival Departure Return,’ was initially commissioned by High & Low Project Space for the Folkestone Biennial Fringe Festival in 2011. In 2016 with the UK facing an EU referendum and the possibility of Brexit (the question of Britain leaving the EU is colloquially referred to as the ‘Brexit’, a portmanteau of ‘Britain’ and ‘exit’) and the global refugee crisis the original conversations gain new meaning.
People met on the Dover seafront – Britain’s main port and closest point to France – were asked two questions, ‘What do you think when you look out into the sea?’ and ‘Where do you think the UK border is?’. As they talked they looked out across the English Channel (also known as ‘La Manche’) towards the French port of Calais, as thousands of refugees were being forcibly removed from the migrant camp known as ‘The Jungle’ as it was demolished. Conversations express different attitudes and anxieties about the validity, strength and logic of borders, politics of mobility and economic security.