Videos in Close-Up

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


2020-11-16T19:28:26+00:00July 20th, 2020|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , , |

The right-wing extremist activist Nikolai Nerling – known as ‘The People’s Teacher’ (‘Der Volkslehrer’) and meanwhile legally barred from the teaching profession – attends a Fridays for Future demo to portray himself as a victim and stir up opinion against the climate protection movement. The video is paradigmatic for attempts by right-wing extremists to [...]

Ship Carrying Nuclear Waste Harried by Greenpeace Boats

2020-11-16T19:50:33+00:00March 14th, 2018|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , , , |

Greenpeace activists try to prevent the dumping of nuclear waste in the Atlantic Ocean – and meet with resistance and scorn. Only years later does the campaign succeed. With dozens of barrels of nuclear waste on board, the freighter Gem, chartered by the British Atomic Energy Agency [...]

’Do not gender me!'

2020-11-16T19:41:51+00:00February 25th, 2018|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , , |

In 2015, the right-wing conservative weekly Junge Freiheit took the debate about the school curriculum plans of the Baden-Württemberg Red-Green (Social Democrat and Green Party) coalition government as an opportunity to launch a campaign against the so-called ‘ideology of gender mainstreaming’. Just as Junge Freiheit is part [...]


2020-10-15T14:40:57+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|

Shortly before the US presidential elections in 2016, the conservative lobby organisation Secure America Now invited you to take part in an imaginary journey into the horror vision of an ‘Islamised Germany’. At the end of 2016, the video Welcome to the Islamic State of Germany sent [...]

Search racism. Find truth.

2020-10-15T14:59:47+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|

Using apparently subversive strategies, the video campaign of the ‘Refugees Welcome’ initiative confronts viewers of xenophobic videos with opposing perspectives and thus calls for more tolerance – albeit with dubious success. During the peak phase of the so-called ‘European refugee crisis’, the ‘Flüchtlinge Willkommen’ (‘Refugees Welcome’) initiative, [...]

Surveillance Chess

2019-07-31T20:40:24+00:00May 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. […]