work project about communication structures and codification of the Palestinian political prisoners

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I started the research about codification during my stays in Israel and the Occupied Territories/West Bank for the participatory public art project Bait al Karama. In numerous talks and interviews with the local people, I was intrigued by how communication could work in restricted situations like for the Palestinian political prisoners. Of course, there are methods to cipher and distribute, but that is a technical aspect. Creating a parallel system of communication by changing text and technique happen in order to satisfy the need for communication, an activity that is a constituting element of the being.

Communication creates a space in which the being can take place. In extreme situations like in detention, one becomes communication aware and new technology will be implemented.

What is the other way around: bring into awareness the inherent qualities of the being by presenting architectures of communication?

In the work of Imprisoned Codes is not only codified the text system, but all the stories of the people I talked with, telling me their experiences, wishes, and beliefs, regarding their life as well as the collective in this specific political situation.


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