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 the AUC Law school's Legal archive project 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.
VOX POPULI, ARCHIVING A REVOLUTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, interactive timeline of the 2011 Egyptian revolution and its aftermath. Web based project. Ongoing since 2011. Still, 2017. © Lara Baladi.
Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age.Paper prototype video for the interactive and immersive web based installation, 2015. © 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.
About vox populi
Muftah, Lara Baladi: On Tahrir, Memory, and Archiving the Revolution, by Sarah Moawad