[P4933] Art and Mediation: Affective and Socio-political Practices of Revolutionary Challenges

Created by Rania Gaafar
Tuesday, 11/21/17 10:30am


The awakening of civil dissent in Arab society six years ago witnessed a global awareness that has seen art and politics produce a new public sphere. Artists and artistic collectives have interrelated political activism, street art, satire, and caricature with user-generated mobile images, digital interventions, and high-end conceptual productions reflected in gallery spaces. The diversity of aesthetic and artistic practices demonstrates an asymmetry in the conditions of the uprising and poses a number of questions: What are artists and artistic collectives employing to materialize, in the contemporary moment, the revolutionary and/or post-revolutionary? Did art and its aesthetic history affect the political upheavals six years ago? Has it developed into a public sphere in the aftermath of the uprising that enables forms of free expression and creative political activism? The mediatization of the upheavals discloses aesthetic and political counter-realms in their various forms and faces the challenge of compensating for a missing 'real' political and cultural landscape, or in other words: a missing place that can symbolize the need to politically, culturally, and personally belong in global times and across the migration of social movements, artistic practices, and revolutionary ideals. One of the questions this panel hopes to elaborate is whether artistic practices and socio-political infrastructures and research constitute a framework that operates towards new imaginings of cultural and political identity. Experimental, expressive and artistic forms have showcased the affective dynamic and sensory potential of cultural belonging. These mediations of life, politics, and art disclose novel affective and socio-political practices of collectivity in (post-) revolutionary networks. The panel will consider the role of new media, film, photography as well as the genealogies of artistic and digital transgressions in the creation of a new public sphere that has and still is developing in the Middle East and North Africa.


Art/Art Hist; Comtns; Media Arts; Philos




VJ Um Amel

(UC Santa Barbara)
Laila Shereen Sakr is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies and Faculty Affiliate in the Feminist Studies Department at University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCSB, she has co-founded Wireframe, a new digital media studio that supports critical...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Adel Iskandar

(Simon Fraser University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair;

Rania Gaafar

(University of Siegen (Germany))
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Surti Singh

(American University in Cairo)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Maymanah Farhat

(Independent Scholar)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;