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Lara Baladi - The Friday of Victory after Hosni Mubarak’s fall Tahrir Square Cairo Egypt. Part of 'Vox Populi"

21 Jan 2017
12:00 - 05:00

Symposium: Vox Populi and The Syrian Archive

Date & time January 21, 12:00 – 17:00 Admission €10 regular / €8,50 discount Location Eye Film Museum, IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam

In light of exhibition As If: The Media Artist as Trickster (2017), at Framer Framed, Eric Kluitenberg organises two public events in collaboration with David Garcia on 21 and 22 January.

Vox Populi and The Syrian Archive will consist of a screening and public debate with the aim of exploring the tenuous relationship between the activist moment, increasingly mediated by the participants in these events themselves (and progressively in near real-time),  and the static character of the archive (and its implicit ‘suspension of time’).

Lara Baladi
(Vox Populi),
Hadi Al Khatib and Jeff Deutch (The Syrian Archive),
Robert Ochshorn, and guests.

The event will focus on two ambitious projects currently under development:

Vox Populi – Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, of Egyptian / Lebanese artist Lara Baladi. This project draws on the vast materials produced during the original uprising in Egypt against the military regime of Hosni Mubarak, and its aftermath. These materials are collected by a group of artists, writers, and theatre makers who would subsequently go on to found the Mosireen independent media centre in Cairo.

The Syrian Archive, an initiative launched by a collective of human rights activists dedicated to preserving open source documentation related to human rights violations, and other crimes committed by all sides during the conflict in Syria.

Next to the complicated politics and ethics of these online archiving initiatives we want to pose the following questions: what is the role of the artist in such a process – a kind of stage designer, choreographer, facilitator? Or perhaps a creator of imaginative ‘interfaces’, as in the work of American artist Robert M. Ochshorn; whose stunning interfaces for digitally-rich media collections transcend the realm of ‘design’ into a new kind of art form? Robert M. Ochshorn will also present his remarkable work during the event.



11.45  –  Doors Open
12.00 – Welcome . introduction: Eric Kluitenberg & Annet Dekker
12.30 – Lara Baladi: Vox Populi – Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age
13.15  – Discussion
13.30 – Hadi al-Khatib & Jeff Deutch: The Syrian Archive
14.15  –  Discussion

14.30  –  Coffee break

15.00  –  Response to both projects by Charles Jeurgens & discussion
15.30  –  Robert Ochshorn: Reimagining the Interface
16.00  – Closing discussion

17.00  – Doors close

The living archive / New media / Politics and technology /


Exhibition: As If - The Media Artist as Trickster

On politically inspired media art that uses deception in all its forms. Curated by Annet Dekker and David Garcia i.c.w. Ian Alan Paul


Symposium: 'The Society of Post-Control'
Extended conversation on the emergence, consequences, and activist responses to the Society of Post-Control.


Robert M Ochshorn

Artist, programmer and musician

Eric Kluitenberg

Independent theorist, writer, and organiser

Annet Dekker

Researcher and curator