Vox Populi is an open source web based platform searchable via a system of tags. It is an interactive timeline of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and its aftermath. The archive—photos, videos, articles, graffitis, a legal archive and more, uploaded to the data base has been gathered, and continues to be, since the beginning of the Arab uprisings. The data is related to the events unfolding on the ground in Egypt and to major events taking place around the world since 2011.
Currently, the platform is shown in the context of art exhibitions. Here, searches are pre-recorded to demonstrate how data is displayed and woven in visually woven narratives. New features are continuously added. The next development phase is the integration of live Twitter and Internet feeds.
Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, interactive timeline of the 2011 Egyptian revolution and its aftermath. Web based platform. Ongoing since 2011. Still, 2017. © Lara Baladi.
Tahrir Square stands as one of our most digitally documented and disseminated event in modern history. It has become the archetype of a global phenomenon that has marked the beginning of the 21st century.
Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, is an interactive timeline of the Egyptian revolution and its aftermath in the form of an immersive installation. It is a tribute to the 2011 Egyptian revolution and its impact on and resonance with the uprisings and socio-political movements that followed, and continue to do so worldwide.
It is a multilayered and mutable narrative in which the data and metadata are interlinked and displayed across a chronological timeline of events. Based on Internet archives related to Tahrir Square, Youtube videos, photos, graffiti, articles and further data converge into a contemporary fresco, a monument to the symbolic event that was, and still is, Tahrir Square.
This literal transmedia painting tableau vivant is positioned at the intersection of creative technologies, the digital archive, contemporary art and innovative forms of the documentary arts.
Ultimately, Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age offers an architectural frame for the many historical events and socio-political movements that resonate with the name Tahrir Square.
BE REALISTIC, ASK FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE
The multimedia installation Be Realistic, Ask for the Impossible is anchored in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and its aftermath. The installation displays a timeline of events from the first recorded strike in Egypt before Christ until today. The work weaves historic correlations between the Arab Spring uprisings, with a focus on Egypt's Tahrir Square, and other similar instances through a wide range of iconic and archetypal images, videos, texts, poetry, samples form AUC's legal archive project, Manshurat and more data.
Be Realistic, Ask for the Impossible, Multimedia installation consisting of LED ticker, two video installations, murals and the Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age web based timeline searchable through a system of tags. Installation views, Affect Me. Social Media In Art, KAI10 | Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2017. © Lara Baladi.
ABOUT BE REALISTIC, ASK THE IMPOSSIBLE
Facing the Sniper, Frankfurter Allgemeine, online article on the exhibition Affect Me, KAI 10, Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany, by Georg Imdahl, 2018
Affective Societies Blog, 2017
WDR 5 Aktuelle Kultur (1/2), German Radio, 2017
WDR 5 Scala Aktuelle Kultur (2/2), German Radio, 2017
Paper prototype video for the interactive timeline, Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, 2015. © Lara Baladi.
About vox populi
Affect Me. Social Media Images in Art, exhibition catalogue, essay by Kerstin Schankweiler, Spector Books and KAI10|Arthena Foundation, 2017
Report: Public Debate ‘Vox Populi and The Syrian Archive,' summary of the presentations and pubic debate on digital archiving practices, activism, and the role of the artist, Framer/Framed and Tactical Media Files, online platforms, 2017
A Sprawling Tapestry's Surreal Visions of Egypt, Hyperallergic, by Claire Voon, 2016
Lara Baladi: Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, MIT Center for Civic Media, by Katie Arthur, 2016
Viewing Ecologies, essay by Louise Wolthers, Watched, Hasselblad Foundation, 2016
Art and the Arab Citizen: Raising Public Consciousness through the Arts, Guggenheim Blogs, by Salwa Mikdadi, 2015
Artist Lara Baladi helps unravel the mysteries of her 29-foot-long tapestry ‘Oum el Dounia,’ on view at Sackler, The Washington Post, by Elena Goukasssian, 2015
Lara Baladi: On Tahrir, Memory, and Archiving the Revolution, by Sarah Moawad, 2014
The Work of Art in the Digital Age, Art Technology and Globalization, by Melissa Langdon, 2014
Soziale Zensur, Springerin, by Nehad Selaiha 2014
Radical Archive Fever, Hyperallergic, by Mostafa Heddaya, 2014
Not in the Age of Pharaohs, Prefix, by Bruce Ferguson, 2013
Arab Spring, Awakening, Rehan Dadi, Cornell Daily Sun, 2012
Beyond the Image, Ibraaz, a project by Lara Baladi with an introduction by Dorothea Schoene, 2012