Disappeared in America was a project of the Visible Collective, a group of thirteen members founded by Naeem Mohaiemen. It investigated the countless people, who – mostly migrants living in precarious circumstances – were arrested after September 11, 2001, and as they often were not registered anywhere, simply disappeared from view. The group built a database where the names and data of missing persons could be registered, and created an interactive map charting all the cases. Publications, videos, as well as many artworks, citing names, biographies, and displaying photographs sought to draw attention to this problem, and in galleries and in public spaces the texts of laws and documentations were exhibited to raise public awareness.
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The Electronic Disturbance Theater 1.0 (EDT) group (Ricardo Dominguez, Brett Stalbaum, Stefan Wray, and Carmin Karasic) developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 (Brett Stalbaum, Micha Cardenas, Amy Sara Carroll, and Elle Mehrmand) developed the Transborder Immigrant Tool (a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico–U.S border which won the Transnational Communities Award in 2008, an award funded by Cultural Contact, Endowment for Culture Mexico–U.S. and handed out by the U.S.
kanalB is an activist media project, which since the year 2000 runs an Internet station and produces political documentaries. To do this work we need the Internet and affordable video technology, low-cost traffic, and cheap servers. Main focuses are the visualization of social struggles and movements, political analysis and critique, and the idea of exploring alternative lifestyles. The project takes issue with the consensus created by the mass media, according to which we live in the best of all possible worlds. On the contrary: we view the current economic and social order as profoundly violent and coercive, and we see ourselves as part of a global political movement that opposes a system based upon exploitation, and searches for societal alternatives.
David Reeb, who taught at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem from 2003 to 2007, has participated in the weekly demonstrations against the separation wall in the border town of Bil’in near Ramallah in the West Bank since 2005. He documents the events in the border area with a video camera, uploads the footage to his website and to YouTube, and uses some of the stills as the basis for paintings. In this way, the images are disseminated in very different contexts, for example, as part of the work of human rights organizations, and as evidence in courts of law.
The phenomenon known in German-speaking countries as the “Arab Spring,” and in Anglophone countries also as “Arabellion,” refers to the period of mass uprisings, demonstrations, and revolutions, which began in 2010 in the Arab countries of the Middle East and the Maghreb. These national uprisings, which received much media attention, were primarily directed against the existing autocratic and dictatorial regimes and frequently resulted in violent riots.
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