I AM AN ALIEN: CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PROJECT

There can be no cities or citizens without laws of segregation and exclusion—without borders, barriers, interdictions, displacements, censorships, racisms, and the marginalization and eviction of languages and peoples.

I am an alien questions and touches the experience of the inter-relationship between the dimensions of citizenship and immigration, challenged by citizenship’s paradoxical duality of being "internally inclusive". Laws on immigration not only makes an immigrant feel like an alien but also marks the identity of an immigrant as a lawful alien. Immigrants are considered politically alien or alienable, especially when conditions take a turn for the worse.

‘I am an alien’ is a project that draws the language from personal experience and immigration visa forms like I-99 and DS-160 which marks an immigrant’s status as an ‘alien allowed to work’. Being an immigrant, I have checked thousands of form checkboxes myself physically and metaphorically. The website puts the user into the position of an alien.

This project is a multilayered hypertext website with a non linear narrative. Based on the user choices, they can lead to multiple different paths which will give them an insight into the mental and physical struggles of an immigrant. The website contains complex narratives and experiences of alien landscapes and anomaly of cultural hybridity. Emulating the immigration process the website is broken in parts and links that can’t be clicked or takes time to load.

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