Videos in Close-Up


This section gives insight into our research by offering short analyses on selected videos and their poetic and rhetorical strategies.

Omran in the ruins of Aleppo

June 12th, 2017|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , , , |

The video of little Omran, a Syrian boy who received medical care following a bomb attack in Aleppo, became an international media symbol by showing the suffering of the Syrian people during the raging civil war. […]

Surveillance Chess

May 17th, 2017|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , , , |

Swiss media activists “Bitnik” use a jamming transmitter to hijack security cameras in the London Underground and invite the security personnel to a game chess on their screens. This form of guerrilla artivism skilfully reverses the imbalance of power between those being observed and those doing the observing. […]

80 Years Apart

April 11th, 2017|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , , , , |

“We’re alive, we’re the lucky ones” – UNICEF’s campaign for solidarity with child refugees highlights the shared stories of Harry and Ahmed, and in doing so reminds us of the millions of tragic fates during the great European trauma of the 20th century. […]

PI News’ burning Christmas tree in Brussels

March 25th, 2017|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , , , , |

Video evidence on the witness stand: how a right-wing political blog exploited the inherent ambiguity of witness videos to push its anti-Islamic message. […]

Come On Rise

December 1st, 2016|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , |

Jihadist hate propaganda as video activism: how the web video COME ON RISE acts as a call to action in the context of the so-called Islamic State’s current Lone Actor campaign […]


November 29th, 2016|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , , , , |

The video PEGIDA-ABENDSPAZIERGANG (PEGIDA EVENING WALK) is a mobilisation video in support of the protest marches organised by Pegida Dresden and gives an insight into the xenophobic movement’s self-perception. […]

So You Think You Can Stay

November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , , |

The bitter irony of a fictitious casting show in the context of the Norwegian asylum policy. […]

No Respite

October 9th, 2016|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , |

Sorry, this entry is only available in German. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Extremistische Online-Propaganda des Islamischen Staates: das Rekrutierungs- und Motivationsvideo NO RESPITE („Kein Aufschub“). […]

September 7th, 2016|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , , |

Their joy evident and their excitement palpable, a group of young people strolls through the Stockholm Metro, replacing advertisements with hand-painted art posters and showing their viewers how to pass the entrance barriers to the railway station without a valid ticket – but with all the more style. The activities and campaigns organised by the anarchist collective are fun, that much is evident. So are their videos, smartly bridging the gap between semi-documentaries and semi-tutorials – they are fun to watch and, much to the dismay of public transportation companies, extend an invitation to imitation. […]


August 12th, 2016|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , , , , , |

This video depicts transgender activist Sylvia Rivera’s furious monologue at a demonstration in 1973. After the original recording was rediscovered and digitalised, it quickly became a major source of inspiration for present-day queer activism. […]