In September 2016, an exchange of voice messages took place between people in the Calais migrant camp and people in Oxford, UK over 7 days.
On Day 1, The UK Government announced it was building a wall along the border in France.
At this tense and uncertain moment, we created a bridge over the border with our ears and our voices.
Days after this exchange took place, the French Government destroyed the Calais migrant camp, forcibly removing and displacing up to 10,000 people.
Warning: Some people may find some of these messages upsetting.
"Instead of building walls, they should build bridges..."
"Well done you, for having the courage..."
"Human beings are members of a whole..."
"Please send help to the people of the jungle, so we can get out of the jungle, from this terrible situation.
I am sending all of you happy greetings. May goodness come to all of you."
"I really hate the idea of this wall, I hope something better can be found for you..."
“We’re all brothers and sisters… and we can do better. We can do much better.”
"We ask the government of England to make us a stable path so that we can go to England...
...One of my brothers died and he was fourteen. Right now he is in the Calais police station..."
"The messages that I’ve heard today have reminded me that there is more that I can give. If you are listening to this, my promise to you is that I will try to do more."
The Channel 2016 was initiated by Isobel Tarr, a student of Social Sculpture at Oxford Brookes University.
It was realised with support from:
East Oxford Community Centre
Students & Staff of MA Social Sculpture Oxford Brookes 2016
Danny Ashok (Voice)
Jhon Barrieros (Tech)
Munazza Ebtikar (Translation)
Johnny Fill (Sound)
Fuchsia Hart (Translation)
Hanaa Oeini (Translation)
Nigel Whitmey (Voice)