The Pixelated Revolution

A non-academic lecture
Bologna, MAST.Auditorium, October 11, 2022

Syria, 2011. On the street, under the eyes of the whole world, men who film their own death fall. Pictures of a revolution. Revolution of the image.

The Pixelated Revolution
A non-academic lecture

in English with Italian subtitles

Bologna, MAST.Auditorium

October 11, h 21.00

duration 1 hour
Free entrance with mandatory reservation

pixeleted revolution - rabih mroue

Conceived, directed and presented by Rabih Mroué
Translated to Ziad Nawfal
Production Berlin Documentary Forum – HKW/ Berlin, dOCUMENTA 13 Kassel, Spalding Gray Award 2010 (Performing Space 122, New York), The Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburg, On the Boards Seattle, Walker art Center Minneapolis
Surtitles by Laura Bevione for the Festival delle Colline Torinesi

Syria, 2011. Armed with cameras or cell phones, thousands of peaceful demonstrators opposed to the stifling regime of Bachar Al-Assad pour into the streets.

In the chaos and turmoil of clashes with the authorities, they shoot on the fly, recording the event they are creating. With a quick click, breathtaking, startling images appeared on the Internet and then went viral, revealing to the entire world the maelstrom of political and digital resistance. The situation then deteriorated, resulting in a massive increase in the number and virulence of violent attacks, and the images became unbearable. Caught in the sights of snipers, men were shot down, filming their own deaths up to the very last second.
“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”…
Mroué plays out the role of selector, interpreter and commentator as he appropriates material into a narrative of his own device. Trying to make sense of the abundance of visual information and the narrative it forges, Mroué produces a grid from these images to systematically analyse the patterns of repetition. A captivating lecture-performance that plunges into the heart of the violent upheavals of news stories being written and recorded as they happen. A captivating lecture-performance that plunges into the heart of the violent upheavals of news stories being written and recorded as they happen.

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