VOX POPULI, ARCHIVING A REVOLUTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE

OPEN SOURCE ARCHIVE / Timeline 

 

Vox Populi is a web-based participatory timeline of the 2011 Egyptian revolution and its aftermath. Positioned at the intersection of digital archives, innovative forms of interactive documentary and contemporary art, this online platform is at once an artwork—a  ‘transmedia’ collage—and an open source portal into archives related to Tahrir Square and many more global social movements. 

The Vox Populi database is now online. The archive is exhibited in the form of a video installation in museums, biennials and other art spaces is central to a series of artworks performing the archive and addressing Tahrir Square in the global context. The interface is currently in progress.

 

CLICK HERE OR ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO VIEW THE TIMELINE

 

Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, interactive timeline of the 2011 Egyptian revolution and its aftermath. Web based open source archive. Ongoing since 2011. Still, 2017. © Lara Baladi.

 
  Design for the interface  of the  Vox Populi  timeline. Digital montage. Dimensions variable. 2018.  © Lara Baladi.

Design for the interface of the Vox Populi timeline. Digital montage. Dimensions variable. 2018. © 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. 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 global events. Digital archives related to the 2011 Arab uprisings and other global protests—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 digital archives, innovative forms of interactive documentary and contemporary art.

Ultimately, Vox Populi offers an architectural frame for the many historical events and socio-political movements that resonate with the name Tahrir Square.

 

DON'T BE TOO CANDID

MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATION

 

Don't Be Too Candid weaves historic correlations between the Arab uprisings and other global social movements through a wide range of iconic and archetypal images, videos, poetry, articles and more data.  The multimedia installation focuses on the present post revolution context and the shift of power (represented by the lion) from the state to the protester and back to the state.

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Don't Be Too Candid. Site Specific multimedia installation. LED tickers, murals—paintings by Eric Busch, video installations, web based open source Vox Populi database/timeline. Installation views. #WhatIf, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark. Photos by Karim Hanna and Lara Baladi © Lara Baladi, 2018.

 

ABOUT DON'T BE TOO CANDID

I Revolutiones Mave, Weekendavisen Kultur, by Pernille Albrechtsen, March 2018

#WhatIf, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen — Intervista a Irene Campolmi, by Giulia Morrucchio, May 2018

Kunst er Ikke SoMe, Informationen, by Ida Marie Hede, March 2018

Dokumentariske Utopier For an Grumset Verden, by Kristian Handberg, March 2018

Lidt Kunsth - Meget Politik, Berlinske, by Torben Weirup, March 2018

 

BE REALISTIC, ASK FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE

MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATION

 

Be Realistic, Ask for the Impossible is anchored in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and its aftermath. The multimedia 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 uprisings and other global social movements through a wide range of iconic and archetypal images, videos, poetry, articles and more data. 

Be Realistic, Ask for the Impossible, Multimedia installation. LED ticker, video installations, murals and the Vox Populi web based archive/timeline. Installation views, Affect Me. Social Media In Art, KAI10 | Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2017. © Lara Baladi.

 

ABOUT BE REALISTIC, ASK FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE

  Review of the exhibition 'Affect Me' , KAI 10, Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany, in the daily newspaper 'Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung' by Georg Imdahl, January 2018

Review of the exhibition 'Affect Me', KAI 10, Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany, in the daily newspaper 'Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung' by Georg Imdahl, January 2018

 

Facing the Sniper, Frankfurter Allgemeine, online article on the exhibition Affect Me, KAI 10, Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany, by Georg Imdahl, 2018

Affect Me: Wie plötzlich Reales zur Fiktion wird, 2017

Affective Societies Blog, 2017

WDR 5 Aktuelle Kultur (1/2), German Radio, 2017

WDR 5 Scala Aktuelle Kultur (2/2), German Radio, 2017

 

STUDY: VOX POPULI #JAN25 TIMELINE

PAPER PROTOTYPE VIDEO

 

Paper prototype video for the interactive timeline, Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age. © Lara Baladi, 2015.

 

About vox populi

 Screen shot from the web based documentary,  Filming Revolution

Screen shot from the web based documentary, Filming Revolution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

"Es ist wie ein Fieber," Wiener Zeitung, by Von Matthias Nagl, 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