Vital technique for refugees are exhibited in Washington

By on March 17, 2017

In the exhibition I’m Alive tells the Museum of Technology about the mobile phone’s vital importance for people on the run. On March 15, opened an exhibition of parts of I’m alive even in Washington, while the display period at the Technical Museum extended.

Since October 2016 shows I’m alive at the Technical Museum in Stockholm. The exhibition gathered personal stories about mobile phone’s important for people to flee. In March, one can see it in the House of Sweden in Washington as part of the exhibition Stories of Migration – Sweden beyond the headlines.

An important reason for not more drowned during the perilous journey across the Mediterranean because the refugees themselves use digital, mobile, technology. With the help of used smartphones and networking in social media, they help each other to prevent incidents and coordinate the rescue work.

In the exhibition I’m Alive – mobile technology on life and death has newcomers shared their stories of what smartphones and mobile internet has meant to them. We found, for example, Rahel, who hid his phone so that the smugglers would not see it when she went on the boat. GPS function was crucial to be able to navigate the ocean.

I’m Alive exhibition also highlights initiatives that helped refugees and where mobile technologies have often been substantial. We meet Dr. Ahmad Al Terkawi who himself fled from Syria and now serves as a communication center for refugees and aid workers, placed in his new home Oxelösund.

Using interactive visualization, we follow the boats’ route between Turkey and Greece, the real dramatic events that have taken place and communication with aid organizations. It is a result of journalists Annah Björk and Mattias Beijmos work on Lesbos and in Turkey, where they met with both relief and rescue workers, refugees and enthusiasts who do everything to encourage more people to cope with the dangerous journey.

With three-dimensional VR technology, 3D glasses and motion sensors, we also observe life in the Jordanian refugee camp Zaatari refugee camp in a movie created by multimedia artist Chris Milk and Gabo Arora. As visitors, we can see around us in the camp while the 12-year-old schoolgirl Sidra show parts of their life with play, school and work in the camp.

The popular exhibition is also extended on the Museum of Technology and will be shown to 20 August 2017.

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