Lara Baladi

Archiving revolution


Lara Baladi is an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary Egyptian-Lebanese artist. As a Fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab in the 2014-15 academic year, Baladi conducted research for a transmedia project, Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age. As the Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at CAST, she will realize the multi-layered Vox Populi project, which she envisions as an interactive timeline of the Egyptian revolution and its aftermath in the form of an immersive installation. Baladi says the work is “a tribute to the 2011 Egyptian revolution and its impact on and resonance with the uprisings and sociopolitical movements that followed.”  Read more.

Past Events

Technology / Affect / Space: a workshop exploring the politics and aesthetics of Affect Space
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 / 11am – 1pm
ACT Cube, E15-001
A workshop exploring the nature of spaces such as Tahrir Square with Lara Baladi, media theorist Eric Kluitenberg, artist and Professor of Emergent Media Alessandra Renzi and media maker and Professor of Civic Media Sasha Costanza Chock (MIT/CMSW). Baladi presents work during the revolution and the timeline she has developed while at MIT.
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Lara Baladi and Robert Ochshorn
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Presentation of Robert Ochshorn‘s works, coder and artist, including his collaboration with Lara Baladi on Vox Populi

MIT 2016 Open House
Saturday, April 23, 2016 / 10:00am-3:00pm
Saxon Tennis Courts
Presentation of “Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age”

“Art and Politics in Postcolonial Africa”
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Lecture at Princeton University

“Listening In: Sonic Interventions in the Middle East and North Africa”
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Presentation at Northwestern University


Invisible Monument
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 / 4-7:00 pm
Dewey Square, Boston, MA

Transmediale “Five Years After” and “Tactile Media and the Archive”
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Berlin, Germany

Residency Schedule

Research and Project Development
September – November 2015

Vox Populi Workshop
October 23, 2015 / 12-4:00 pm

Public Presentation
MIT 2016 Open House
Saturday, April 23, 2016 / 10:00am-3:00pm

Class Visits
December 9, 2015
Open Documentary Lab

March 31, 2016
CMS.360: Introduction to Civic Media
Presentation and workshop

April 8, 2016
WGS.220: Women and Gender in the Middle East and Africa

In the Media

Ibraaz: Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, Archiving as an Act of Resistance

Hyperallergic: A Sprawling Tapestry’s Surreal Visions of Egypt

Transmediale: Anxious to Act

The Washington Post: Artist Lara Baladi helps unravel the mysteries of her 29-foot-long tapestry ‘Oum el Dounia,’ on view at Sackler

Smithsonian: Contemporary Art Installation at Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery Explores Images of Egypt

Muftah: Lara Baladi: On Tahrir, Memory, and Archiving the Revolution

Ibrazz: Beyond the Image: A Project by Lara Baladi with an introduction by Dorothea Schoene

Zenith Foundation: Lara Baladi: Domestic Excess and Recycling

Creative Time Reports: Lara Baladi

Guernica Magazine: Lara Baladi: Alone, Together



MIT Open Documentary Lab


MIT Center for Civic Media: Lara Baladi: Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age