Rabih Mroué was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1976 and currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Mroué is an actor, director, playwright, visual artist, and a contributing editor for The Drama Review (TDR), New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Mainz (2016); MoMA New York (2015); Kunsthalle Mulhouse (2015); SALT, Istanbul (2014); Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (2013); Documenta, Kassel (2012); Kunstverein Stuttgart (2011); and BAK, Utrecht (2010). He has Participated in major group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (2018); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2017); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2016); MACBA, Barcelona (2015) Centre Pompidou, Paris (2008); Tate Modern, London (2007) among others.
The Pixelated Revolution is a lecture-performance about the usage of mobile phones during the Syrian revolution. This lecture aims to study the advices and directions regarding the taking of photographs during the events of the Syrian revolution, as these advices were shared via the medium of Facebook and other virtual communication tools. What is the relationship of this act of photographic documentation, when seen through the prism of Dogma 95, the cinematographic manifesto of Danish filmmakers Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg? In which manner can we envisage the photographic traces broadcast by the Syrians in the vast universe of the Internet? A universe that is loose and ever-changing, that regenerates itself constantly, that is subject to viruses and other phenomena of deterioration, a universe that is framed by incomplete downloads, pixelated images, and ruptured modes of communication.
Are the broken-up and incomplete images sent by the Syrians an extension of their physical experience? Is the mobile phone an extension of their brains, of their body, of their being?
“In this lecture-performance, my aim is to investigate and read into these matters, and present my personal interpretation of this phenomenon” says Rabih Mroue.