The Contemporary Art Gallery presented the premiere of The Pixelated Revolution a new performance by Lebanese actor, director, and playwright Rabih Mroué. Mroué’s storytelling pits facts against propaganda imbued with a particular sense of humour and a visual sensibility. By means of a semi-documentary style of theatre, his often-controversial work draws attention to issues and events overlooked in the current political climate of the Middle East.
Taking the form of a lecture-performance about the usage of mobile phones during the Syrian revolution, The Pixelated Revolution examines the contemporary and recent phenomenon of photographs made during such events of conflict, broadcast and shared via Facebook and other virtual communication tools, as a means to direct and communicate events to the world.
The piece questions the relationship of this method of documentation to broader photographic and cinematic truths. How do we understand the photographic traces broadcast by the Syrians in the vast space of the Internet, a universe loose and ever-changing, that is subject to viruses and other phenomena of deterioration, framed by incomplete downloads, pixilated images and ruptured modes of communication. Are these incomplete images an extension of the physical experience during the unrest in places such as Syria? Is the mobile phone an extension of their body, of their actual being?
Presented in partnership with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and grunt gallery.