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Vox Populi and The Syrian Archive


    Documenting revolution and conflict in the digital age
    Public Debate
    Eye Film Museum
    Saturday, January 21, 12.00 - 17.00

    The program at Eye explores the complicated relationship between the activist moment, increasingly mediated by the participants in these events themselves and increasingly in near real-time, and the static character of the archive and its implicit ‘suspension of time’. We center for this on two ambitious projects under development:

    Vox Populi
    - Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, of Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi, which draws on the vast materials produced during the original uprising in Egypt against the military regime of Hosni Mubarak and their aftermath, collected by a group of artists, writers, theatre makers who would subsequently go on to found the Mosireen independent media centre in Cairo.

    The Syrian Archive, an initiative launched by a collective of human rights activists dedicated to preserving open source documentation relating to human rights violations and other crimes committed by all sides during the conflict in Syria.

    Next to the complicated politics and ethics of these online archiving initiatives we want to question what the role of the artist is in such processes - a kind of stage designer? a choreographer? a facilitator?  Or perhaps a creator of imaginative ‘interfaces’ as in the work of the American artist Robert Ochshorn, whose stunning interfaces for digital rich media collections far transcend the realm of ‘design' into a new kind of art form. Ochshorn will also present his remarkable work during the event.

    Lara Baladi
    Hadi Al Khatib
    Jeff Deutch
    Robert Ochshorn
    Charles Jeurgens

    Moderated by Annet Dekker & Eric Kluitenberg

    Timetable Vox Populi & The Syrian Archive

    11.45  -     Doors Open
    12.00  -     Welcome . introduction: Eric Kluitenberg & Annet Dekker

    12.30  -     Lara Baladi: Vox Populi - Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age
    13.15  -     Discussion

    13.30  -     Hadi al-Khatib & Jeff Deutch: The Syrian Archive
    14.15  -     Discussion

    14.30  -     Coffee break

    15.00  -     Response to both projects by Charles Jeurgens & discussion

    15.30  -     Robert Ochshorn: Reimagining the Interface

    16.00  -    Closing discussion
    17.00  -    Doors close

    See als the report by Iona Sharp Casas.