'In this groundbreaking book, a range of internationally renowned and emerging academics, writers, artists, curators, activists and filmmakers critically reflect on the ways in which visual culture has appropriated and developed new media across North Africa and the Middle East. Examining the opportunities presented by the real-time generation of new, relatively unregulated content online, Uncommon Grounds evaluates the prominent role that new media has come to play in artistic practices - and social movements - in the Arab world today. Analysing alternative forms of creating, broadcasting, publishing, distributing and consuming digital images, this book also enquires into a broader global concern: does new media offer a 'democratisation' of - and a productive engagement with - visual culture, or merely capitalise upon the effect of immediacy at the expense of depth?
Featuring full-colour artists' inserts, this is the first book to extensively explore the degree to which the grassroots popularity of Twitter and Facebook has been co-opted into mainstream media, institutional and curatorial characterisations of 'revolution' - and whether artists should be wary of perpetuating the rhetoric and spectacle surrounding political events. In the process, Uncommon Grounds reveals how contemporary art practices actively negotiate present-day notions of community-based activism, artistic agency and political engagement.' - from back cover.

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Introduction - Anthony DOWNEY
2011 is not 1968: An Open Letter to an Onlooker - Philip RIZK
The Paradox of Media Activism: The Net is not a Tool, It's an Environment - Franco BERARDI
Revolution Triptych - Mosireen
For the Common Good? Artistic Practices and Civil Society in Tunisia - Anthony DOWNEY
Citizens Reporting and the Fabrication of Collective Memory - Jens MAIER-ROTHE, Dina KAFAFI, Azin FEIZABADI
Performing the Undead: Life and Death in Social Media and Contemporary Art - Nat MULLER
Artists' Inserts
Art's Networks: A New Communal Model - Derya YUCEL
When the Going Gets Tough... - Hamzamolnar
Potential Media: The Appropriation of Images, Commercial Media and Activist Practices in Egypt Today - Maxa ZOLLER
A Critical Reflection on Aesthetics and Politics in the Digital Age - Dina MATAR
Digital, Aesthetic, Ephemeral: A Brief Look at Image and Narrative - Sheyma BUALI
New Media and the Spectacle of the War on Terror - Maymanah FARHAT
The Magnetic Remanences: Voice and Sound in Digital Art and Media - Nermin SAYBASILI
Re-examining the Social Impulse: Politics, Media and Art after the Arab Uprisings - Omar KHOLEIF
Artists' Inserts
Arab Glitch - Laura U. MARKS
The Many Afterlives of Lulu - Amal KHALAF
Cardboard Khomeini: An Interrogation - Annabelle SREBERNY
The Art of the Written Word and New media Dissemination: Across the Border between Syria and Lebanon - Tarek KHOURY
On Revolution and Rubbish: What has Changed in Tunisia since Spring 2011 - Timo KAABI-LINKE
Saadiyat and the Gulf Labor Boycott - Gulf Labor
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