Videos in Close-Up

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

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. […]


2019-07-31T21:11:12+00:00November 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. […]

No Respite

2020-10-15T15:27:36+00:00October 9th, 2016|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , |

Terrorist propaganda is finding wider distribution due to the technological possibilities of the digital age. Terrorist organisations such as the Islamic State are increasingly using Web 2.0. for propaganda purposes and to mobilise potential supporters. In the following, the extremist propaganda video No Respite will be examined in terms of its aesthetics, its possible [...]

2019-07-31T21:02:53+00:00September 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 [...]


2020-09-03T15:19:51+00:00August 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. © of the Video by LoveTapesCollective […]

The Most Boring Viral Video

2019-07-31T16:05:23+00:00July 20th, 2016|Categories: Videos in Close-Up|Tags: , , , |

This award-winning promotional clip for a Spanish NGO is the Robin Hood of viral videos: by outwitting YouTube’s automated search algorithms, it takes from the rich and gives to the poor, essentially beating the advertising agency at its own game in order to help the homeless on the streets of Barcelona. Michel [...]