Long Form

Imagining a New State: Image and Activism in Iran

Both visual production and network activity around the Iranian election protests reflect the increasing agency of individuals in dictating ideological objectives of their states and molding public perceptions of their states as represented in the media. Here, I talk about the visual imagery of the Iranian Revolution with a particular emphasis on how the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, captured on cellphone videos and distributed via YouTube, became a turning point in the media framing and coverage of the protests in Tehran and around the world.

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Weights + Measures: A System of Relative Values

But a linear animation can only go so far in probing the relationships of relative values in an age of visual complexity. Computing, with its basic building blocks of data structures and algorithms, offers seemingly endless ways to re-present and revisualize these ideas, introducing increasing layers of depth and detail to ever-greater end. This paper lays out how Weights +Measures has the potential to evolve into a data-driven exploration of relative measures, drawing on database aesthetics, the capacity for emergence in visual systems, and the unique properties of multi-stream visual storytelling as exemplified in two data-driven art projects: ecosystm and We Feel Fine.

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No Easy Answers: M.I.A. and the Politics of Pop

It has been argued that M.I.A., the London-born Sri Lankan Tamil rapper, should not have to explain why her art contains references to the internationally known terrorist organization familiarly known as the Tamil Tigers. But in a 2009 interview, M.I.A. called the civil war in Sri Lanka a genocide and compared its history of ethnic conflict to Nazi-Germany. What lies behind M.I.A.’s contentious claim?

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Kyocera Will Save Your Soul

This print ad from Kyocera, a Japanese mobile phone company, uses stylish graphics, Japanese symbols, and Western art references to create a powerful visual counterpoint to their message of East meets West. But that's not all -- mobile devices are often marketed as lifestyle products, and the myth underlying this striking image may surprise you.

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