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Posted by Kristen Tomkowid at 7:56PM   |  2 comments
A still from Under the Microscope

 For the Distributed Microtopias Exhibit, Ali Kadhum created the video, Under the Microscope. This video looks at Arab Spring in a different way. This short three minute video takes the uprisings and turns them into art. Kadhum did this by focusing on sounds. He uses an illustration of the Middle East for his main visual. The picture shakes and glows along with the sounds which vary from sirens to chanting. It is a good representation of the civil unrest.

As a native from Iraq, Kadhum lived around unrestful life like this for sometime. He made this video to share his experience and thoughts in that world with the rest of us.

In the end of the video, a bee comes and starts infecting the picture of the Middle East by turning it red. He showed, through this simple way, just how much blood has been shed across that area. Hopefully, these deaths will soon end. Maybe some of these deaths will end if Obama comes through on his promise of bringing half our troops home.


To me, his use of sound in this piece makes it much more intriguing. I love the soundscape Kadhum creates as the images transition and blend into new shapes/forms.

This video sounds so interesting. I'll definitely go check it out!

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