Survey by Qualaroo

Rabih Mroué

For The Pixelated Revolution, Rabih Mroué (born 1967, Lebanon) performs a text in news broadcast-style about the use of mobile phones during the Syrian revolution 2011/2012. The text is edited together with images collected from the Internet that have been posted by civilians attempting to document acts of violence with their mobile phones.

The piece looks at the central role that these films and photographs play in informing and mobilising people during revolutionary events, due to their ability to be shared and spread through virtual and viral communication platforms. In some instances, people filming the events become victims of the violence. In an especially dramatic clip which Mroué discusses, a camera phone is filming a sniper, when the sniper turns and shoots at the person with the phone. Here the image stops. The work demonstrates the impact of images on politics and real life, and also raises questions about the responsible use of images – what should be circulated and what should not. Mroué originally worked primarily as an actor and director. He very consciously investigates the act of performing images and brings them into a specific context, creating new meaning.