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Transit Nations

Transit Nations it an unfinished project that was created as research for an Urban Collage.

This project in it's progress so far shows 4K resolution satellite images of refugees camps taken in google earth.

These refugee camps are located inbetween the condition of being neither a camp nor a city.

This project so far is based on research and trys to question the idea
of urbanity and the established notion of cities, but also of nationalities
and borders and the inequality and opression that goes hand in hand
with these tools.


Transit Nations is a yet unfished project based on the third assignment for the class Postdigital Strategies [in Art and Design].
Topic of this assignment was to create an urban collage.

Examples of Urban Collages can be found here, and here


According to the recent statistic of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) about 65,8 million people are currently fleeing from their home countries.

Due to the rising numbers of crises and conflicts as well as an erroneous handling of this humanitarian crisis, refugees camps started to emerge all over the world.

These transit zones, which are intended only for the temporary accommodation are about to transform into permanent spaces for living.

Camps such a Zaatari in Jordania develop through the cooperation of care organizations together with urbanists into something which can be located somewhere in between cities and transits.
The camp of Zaatari even features market-like structures along the main street where goods like vegetables, basic household equipment and clothes can be purchased. There are also coffee shops where shisha can be smoked.

These often highly secured camps are usually isolated from the rest of the country in which they are in.

As provisional camps become settlements, settlements develop into cities and cities develop into micro nations, a certain normality returns to those people for which any normality is broken.

There are camps who exist for more than 20 years now and thousands of children have been born and raised in places like this, the biggest of these refugee accommodations counts about 400.000 inhabitants.

This development, takes on a spatial dimension which makes it even visible from the universe.

A selection of a few, yet unedited satellite images taken in Google Earth.


Further information about the transformation of refugees camps into citis, can be found in this radio documentation by Inforadio Kultur

Ein Projekt von



Art des Projekts

Studienarbeit im Hauptstudium


Magdalena Kovarik Prof. Dr. Marian Dörk

Zugehöriger Workspace

Postdigital Strategies [in Art and Design]


Sommersemester 2018