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/ HEBA AMIN, EGYPT

Heba Amin

Artraker, 2014

CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: EGYPT

Heba Amin, 

Project Speak2Tweet

 

2011 - Now

 

 

© Artraker CIC 2014

/ ARTRAKER, 2014

/ VIDEO PORTRAIT

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.