We are informed about the Palestine-Israeli conflict through sensational headlines and dramatic camera footage. Images have long become a weapon in such war zones. Since the advent of digital media, their agency seems to have grown. We can not be touched by the actual stones or bullets. As news consumers we are forced into the role of spectators. We witness performances, staged by civilians, soldiers and by the media that package the conflict as an information product. The performativity of information can be seen in its actively framed nature, its emotional simulation and the fact that news reporting has become a product. In order to achieve economic or political gain, information takes on the guise of a performance.
To examine the performativity of information, which was analysed in the written master thesis, this project focuses on the representation of the protests in Gaza on May 14th, 2018. That day, the US embassy in Israel relocated from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem. Along the border of the Gaza Strip protests were held as part of the 'Great March of Return' demonstrations. A range of spectacular images and sensational headlines repeatedly used familiar symbols. By deconstructing the signifiers (Stone Thower, Tire, Green and Leg Injury) in a single image that was chosen from May 14th reports, the performative forces behind the image are revealed. The film 'A Stone's Throw Away' counters the weaponized images of the conflict and presents the transformation from everyday life in Gaza into the heavily edited and constructed imagery of Gaza protests made by the news media.
Final Master Thesis
Design Academy Eindhoven | Master Information Design
Supervisors: Joost Grootens (head), Gert Staal, Simon Davies, Maurits de Bruijn, Jannetje in 't Veld, Toon Koehorst, Vincent Thornhill, Irene Stracuzzi, Noortje Van Eekelen
10/2019: DAE GS19 during Dutch Design Week