Research: Rabin Mroué and the Pixelated Revolution

Please note the imagery on this is very violent and upsetting.

During research for A2 I have come across Rabin Mroué and the Pixelated Revolution which, although much more up to date than the 80s work I am primarily looking at, ties in well with subject matter I am gravitating towards.  I have not looked at it in depth yet but wanted to start recording relevant notes here on my blog in a bid to stop losing information and resorting to writing down things that I can’t refer to.  Hopefully this will help a bit.

The opening sentence echoed some thoughts I’ve been having about transforming my own vague and unformed thoughts and understandings (or lack of) into structured, meaningful word. “In Hayden White’s essay ‘The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality’, he writes: ‘Narrative might well be considered a solution to a problem of general human concern, namely, the problem of how to translate knowing into telling, the problem of fashioning human experience into a form assimilable to structures of meaning that are generally human rather than culture-specific'[1]. White explains how narrativity and storytelling help us to understand culture, however exotic. It leads one to ask the question: When an artwork utilises the telling of narratives to convey a very specific and complex history, how can information be conveyed and new knowledge produced?” I must now of course add Haydon White to my list of reading – [1] White, Hayden, ‘The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality’, in The Content of the Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987: 1. (Fawz Kabra, 2012)

Taken from the Ibraaz site:

Fawz Kabra (who wrote the article)
Fawz Kabra is a writer and curator currently based in New York. She completed her MA at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2013), and received her BFA in Studio Arts at Concordia University in Montreal (2004). She has worked with the Emirates Foundation, Abu Dhabi (2007), and continued on to curate public programs at the Cultural District, Abu Dhabi from 2008–2011. She co-curated the ongoing project, Brief Histories (Sharjah, UAE, 2011) exploring responsive practices to the rapidly shifting contexts and meanings in current global issues. Fawz worked with the Park Avenue Armory for WS: Paul McCarthy (2013).


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