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Untitled (Index IR 3958_Iran / Election Protest (2009)
was edited from video footage taken with cellular phones and posted on YouTube by demonstrators during the 2009 Iranian elections. The images edited in this video piece isolate selected moments which present the use of cellular devices to capture images as tactical weapons. All the images feature the backs of the cell-phone users, likewise shot with cell phones. The somewhat pixelized images are the visual counterpart to social media networks underlying the transformational role of citizens as journalists, for it was through these images that the public was able to learn about the demonstrations and the casualties they entailed, in a place where the international television networks were prohibited to photograph, and the only source of information was the Iranian television networks serving the regime or those citizenjournalists who sent independent materials for us to learn about the events in Iran during the demonstrations. Through Snyder’s digital processing one may discern how different technologies adapt themselves to the viewer’s role as artist, and how they open channels of investigation up, touching upon the audience’s role as a producer vis-a-vis historical events (a similar phenomenon occurred in Israel shortly before and during the Israeli attack on Gaza, when Palestinian citizens sent materials to blogs during the bombings). 

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 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

Untitled (Index IR 3958_Iran / Election Protest)

Untitled (Index IR 3958_Iran / Election Protest (2009)
was edited from video footage taken with cellular phones and posted on YouTube by demonstrators during the 2009 Iranian elections. The images edited in this video piece isolate selected moments which present the use of cellular devices to capture images as tactical weapons. All the images feature the backs of the cell-phone users, likewise shot with cell phones. The somewhat pixelized images are the visual counterpart to social media networks underlying the transformational role of citizens as journalists, for it was through these images that the public was able to learn about the demonstrations and the casualties they entailed, in a place where the international television networks were prohibited to photograph, and the only source of information was the Iranian television networks serving the regime or those citizenjournalists who sent independent materials for us to learn about the events in Iran during the demonstrations. Through Snyder’s digital processing one may discern how different technologies adapt themselves to the viewer’s role as artist, and how they open channels of investigation up, touching upon the audience’s role as a producer vis-a-vis historical events (a similar phenomenon occurred in Israel shortly before and during the Israeli attack on Gaza, when Palestinian citizens sent materials to blogs during the bombings). 

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

The Real War
Galit Eilat