Rabih Mroué (Beirut, Lebanon)
Studio T, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street
8:00PM (60 min, no intermission)
Post-Performance Talk: January 16
“Syrians are filming their own death,” thus begins The Pixelated Revolution. Part performance, part non-traditional lecture, this searing new work examines the use of camera phones in capturing and disseminating first-hand experiences of the Syrian revolution, while exploring the role of social media in sharing and proliferating those images from the front line. The Pixelated Revolution brings to light the reality of the Syrians’ plight—the “now and here”—and its interpretation by those witnessing the events minute by minute from afar—the “now but there.” Rabih Mroué plays the role of curator, interpreter and commentator of hundreds of images and videos culled from the Internet, projecting evidence of past events, dead moments and moments of dying.
Rabih Mroué lives in Beirut. He is an actor, director, playwright, visual artist and a contributing editor of The Drama Review and the lebanese quarterly Kalamon. He is co-founder of the Beirut Art Center. Employing both fiction and in-depth analysis to engage with his immediate reality, Mroué explores the responsibilities of the artist in communicating with an audience in given political and cultural contexts. His 2014 visit to Vancouver includes an exhibition at the grunt gallery, following upon his 2012 visit that included PuSh performances of Looking for a Missing Employee and an earlier version of The Pixelated Revolution at the Contemporary Art Gallery.
>> Buoyed by equal doses of mischievous and lacerating humour, rabih mroué… Has used fictive intercessions to animate hidden histories. << Frieze Magazine
Tickets: Advance $27–33 | Door $29–35
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Group rate: $23
Writer, director & performer: Rabih Mroué | Translator: Ziad Nawfal | Artist thank-yous: Lina Saneh, Tony Chakar, Sarmad Louis, Hito Steyerl, Elia Suleiman, Khalil Joreige & Joana Hadjithomas, Walid Raad, Bilal Khbeiz, Yousef Tohme, Paul Khodr, Christine Tohme, Manal Khader, Ziad Nawfal, Bernard Khoury, Stefan Tarnowski, Raseel Hadjian & Jowe Harfouche, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut Art Center, Kalamon
Production commissioned by 2010 Spalding Gray Award (Performance Space 122, Andy Warhol Museum, On The Boards, Walker Art Center); co-produced by Berlin Documentary Forum-HKW; supported by Documenta 13