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Issue #2012:4 – University of Copenhagen

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Guest editor:  Dr. Cecilie Givskov, University of Copenhagen, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication

Images of Global Militancy: Reflections on Affect, Memory and Embodiment

Assistant professor Maple Razsa
Colby College, USA

In this video essay Maple Razsa reflects on the place of images of violence in a documentary he recently completed about ethnographic fieldwork within activist milieus. He considers his disavowal of dominant representations of anarchist violence before addressing activists’ own preoccupation with videos of physical confrontation. In conclusion Razsa evokes how the circulation of images of activists subjected to state violence might create strong affective bonds among geographically distant activists.  

Orders Are For Fools to Wear
(Ordner hænger man på idioter)

Gry Bak Jensen, Casper Andersen, Hans Eric Christian Møller and Camilla Solkær Buskov, University of Copenhagen

The Arabian Spring saw people of the Middle Eastriot and revolt against their despotic leaders. These same leaders have throughout the years been bestowed the highest and most prestigious honour of  Denmark‘the Order of the Elephant’ (Elefantordenen) by the Danish Queen in appreciation of their “good effort" to society. Inspired by a quote from the Danish Author and Satirist P.A. Heibergs (1758-1841): ‘Orders are for fools to wear’ this video essay asks why we bestow honours on dictators? The film journeys across time and place to investigate who have received the Order of the Elephant.

Schizophrenic State                           

Guli Silberstein

Independent filmmaker Guli Silberstein presents us with two images on the TV screen: one where an Israeli soldier is being lynched in Ramallah, and in the other a Palestinian child and his father being fired at in Gaza. With these images Silberstein asks: How can horror be constructed in words? It's a schizophrenic situation - two sides trapped in a cycle of violence. Silberstein is in a personal schizophrenic state as well and, watching these images in New York - not here nor there - Silberman wonders: Are these images real?

The Battlefield of (in)visibility

Ph.D. Candidate, Rune Saugmann Andersen, Centre for Advanced Security Theory, University of Copenhagen

In this academic video essay Rune Saugmann Andersen argues that there is a close connection between what is visible and what is invisible in media coverage of the violent transformations of the Middle East. As research, it elaborates on the idea of a visual battlefield and that a substantial part of any conflict will be the visualization of that conflict. As an activist document, it asks the viewer to actively question the visibility of international affairs as represented in mainstream media, invites citizens to actively counteract the oligopolies of visuality and views in foreign news coverage and seek out the alternative visibilities that available if one cares to look for them.

Think Pieces

10 Tactics for Turning Information into Action

Faith Bosworth
Tactical Technology Collective


This film documents 35 inspiring stories of how rights advocates around the world have used information and new technologies to campaign. The film covers tactics such as how to mobilise people, present complex data, amplify personal stories, visualise a message, and use humour to communicate a message. In addition to being streamed here, the film is available in 25 languages and has been screened at 200 cultural and advocacy events in more than 60 countries.

Visualizing a Plenitude Economy

Center for a New American Dream 





The animation provides a vision of what a post-consumer society could look like, with people working fewer hours and pursuing re-skilling, homesteading, and small-scale enterprises that can help reduce the overall size and impact of the consumer economy. This video essay is made by the American non-profit organization Centre for a New American Dream that aims to challenge the "more is better" definition of the American dream.


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