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state of revolution

Price: Goldene Nica - Golden Nica

Agnes Aistleitner (AT)

Cyberarts 2012 - International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica 2012

In January 2012, almost a year after the largest protests in Egypt, I found myself travelling around Cairo – seeking traces of the revolution. At a roundtable discussion and encounters on the street in Egypt I tried to identify different aspects of the political events of what is called Arab Spring.

Real-life confrontation meets Internet research.

In my video I can be seen searching online for information on the subject. In my work, this information encounters real-life situations. How are things really? Recipients of my video are taken virtually from observations made from afar to actual confrontations on site.

In about 15 minutes, I give viewers a few impressions of my journey. I document meeting students and a professor at a roundtable discussion during which they talk and philosophize about the revolution. I also record chance encounters on the street that give insight into the complexity of life in Cairo. In between, there is my research at the computer, which shows me as an observer from afar.

I go out into the streets to meet the people: whether I am wandering through Cairo’s markets in the evening, along streets or around Tahrir Square, over the course of the video I meet different people who express a variety of opinions on the events of the revolution.

In my work, I illuminate different aspects of what happened and attempt to reveal the complexity and dynamics of the matter to the viewer.