Menna Taher reports for Ahram Online:
Omar Robert Hamilton, one of the members of the citizen journalism initiative, Mosireen, believes that this is an art by the people for the people.
"It has much more validity than art made for an art gallery," he commented to Ahram Online.
According to Hamilton, videos like Mahragan El Thawra (The Festival of the Revolution), the spoof for the Noor Party advert and Omar Soliman’s Year in Review are pieces of art that have a direct and positive impact on society, which is the ultimate and ideal purpose of art.
Omar Suleiman’s Year in Review adds footage of army abuses against protesters to Omar Suleiman’s speech announcing Mubarak’s resignation and the transfer of power to the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF).
In the video they narrate what the SCAF would do once they take hold of power "kill and torture protesters, conduct virginity tests, put citizens on military trials etc…"
Mahragan El Thawra, is a song based on the most popular chants of the revolution to the beats of local, popular songs. It was made to reach the people and spread the revolutionary spirit.
Aalam Wassef, a visual artist and musician, has been exposing the realities of the Mubarak regime through his videos since 2006 under the pseudonym Ahmad Sherif.
"I do consider such videos works of art," he asserted to Ahram Online.More...