PIXELATED REVOLUTION

– A non-academic lecture

RABIH MROUÉ

27 NOV, kl 18.00 (Göteborgs Konsthall – biljettalternativ här)

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“Syrians are filming their own death”, that is how the Pixelated Revolution begins, aiming to study the various tips and directions on mobile phone documentation, as shared via the medium of Facebook and other virtual communication tools during the first year’s events of the Syrian revolution.
It begins from the point of how Syrians are recording their images “now and here” and reflects on the relationship of this act of photographic documentation with death, and how we perceive these video “now but there”…

Rabih Mroué, born 1967, lives and works in Beirut. Mroué is an actor, director, playwright, visual artist, and a contributing editor for The Drama Review (TDR) and the quarterly Kalamon. He is also a co-founder and a board member of the Beirut Art Center (BAC), Beirut. His complex and diverse practice, spanning different disciplines and formats in between theater, performance, and visual arts, has established Mroué as a key figure in a new generation of artistic voices in Lebanon. Employing both fiction and in-depth analysis as tools for engaging with his immediate reality, Mroué explores the responsibilities of the artist in communicating with an audience in given political and cultural contexts. His works deal with issues that have been swept under the rug in the current political climate of Lebanon, connected to the enduring marks left by the Lebanese Civil War as well as more recent political events.

He is a fellow at The International Research Center: “Interweaving Performance Cultures”/Freie Universität- Berlin, 2013/2014. His works include: Riding on a cloud (2013), 33 tours et quelques seconds (2012), The Pixelated revolution (2012), Photo-Romance (2009), The Inhabitants of images (2008), How Nancy Wished That Everything Was an April Fool’s Joke(2007); Make Me Stop Smoking (2006); Looking for a Missing Employee (2005); Look into the Light… (2004); Who’s Afraid of Representation? (2003), Biokhraphia (2002); Three Posters (2000) and others…

Language: English
Duration: around 60 min.
Translated to English by Ziad Nawfal

Co-produced by: Berlin Documentary Forum – HKW/ Berlin, dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, The 2010 Spalding gray Award (Performing Space 122 in New York, The Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburg, On the Boards in Seattle and the Walker art Center in Minneapolis).

Rabih Mroué would like to thank: Lina Saneh, Tony Chakar, Sarmad Louis, Hito Steyerl, Elia Suleiman, Khalil joreige and Joana Hadjithomas, Walid Raad, Bilal Khbeiz, Yousef  Tohme, Paul Khodr, Christine Tohme, Manal Khader, Ziad Nawfal, Bernard Khoury, Stefan Tarnowski, Raseel hadjian and Jowe harfouche.
Also thanks to Ashkal Alwan, Beirut Art Center and Kalamon, Beirut.