CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: EGYPT
2011 - Now
© Artraker CIC 2014
Heba Amin is an Egyptian artist, scholar and lecturer in the Media and Computing Department at the University of Applied Sciences, Berlin. She received her MFA at the University of Minnesota, USA, is a recent DAAD (German Academic Exchange) grant recipient and a Rhizome Commissions grant winner. Both her research and work address themes related to urban theory, media urbanism, film and new media art. They investigate the impact of infrastructure on the human psyche through junctures, glitches and flawed memory. Heba’s scholarly and artistic works have been presented at several conferences, and have been published and exhibited worldwide.
On 27th January 2011, Egyptian authorities shut down the country’s international Internet access points in response to growing protests. Over one weekend, a group of programmers developed a platform called Speak2Tweet that allowed Egyptians to post their breaking news on Twitter via voicemail. The result was thousands of heartfelt messages. A few years later, the revolution is still ongoing, but the messages are no longer accessible to the public.
Speak2Tweet composed an archive of the collective psyche; as the voices disappeared, this project reconnects the messages to the physical realm. Project Speak2Tweet is a growing archive of experimental films that uses Speak2Tweet messages prior to the fall of the Mubarak regime on 11th February 2011 and juxtaposes them with the abandoned structures that represent the long-lasting effects of a corrupt dictatorship. The project interrogates the reimagining of the urban myth, of visualising the city from the ‘personal’ perspective through the highly problematic constructs of (un)democratic tools. It explores the emergence of the imagined city from internal monologues and investigates historical narratives via glitches in digital memory. Through the multi-layered spatial relationships, the project attempts to portray the psychology of the urban realm. As the visual archive grows, Project Speak2Tweet changes and transforms to create a space constantly in flux that mimics the hallucination of the inner voice.