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A conversation between Mohamed Jabaly and Alistair Alexander at Sónar 2018

in collaboration with We are Europe

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Given the current political climate, we want to reflect on the role of art as a form of resistance. How important is art in responding to conflict, as a protest? How effective is it as a conduit of change?

For the second year in a row, we went to Sónar. In 2017 we wanted to celebrate its 25 years and talked with some digital artists in the Montjuïc: A Future Odyssey series. This time, in 2018, we travelled across Europe, in partnership with We are Europe and shot the third episode of the “New Activists of European Culture” series.

A conversation between Mohamed Jabaly and Alistair Alexander


We have invited Mohamed Jabaly and Alistair Alexander to talk about the importance of art in the times of conflict. Art for long has been a form of a protest but lately has become even more powerful and international language to speak against all forms of human rights violations, along with other activism. What we can all get from this meeting of two interesting minds is that art is a form of resistance, a way out.

To grew up in all this surroundings and circumstances it’s really difficult to be able to create (...) [Art] is our way of resistance I would say.

- Mohamed Jabaly


Mohamed Jabaly

is a Palestinian filmmaker and artist from Gaza based in Norway. Mohamed talks about his life in Gaza and how that encouraged him to make his first feature documentary “Ambulance”. Ambulance tells his story of being with an ambulance unit for the 51 days of the israeli attacks over Gaza.

Alistair Alexander

is a director of publishing and production from London in the UK. Alistair is Project lead for The Glass Room and his work is focused on the internet. He brings the art subject for the conversation and wonders how art survives in a place under such extreme political economic pressure as Gaza.

How do people find room in their lives for art? [...] I think it’s easy for some people to think art in those situations is kind of irrelevant, that is kind of a side issue, almost an indulgence but actually in those sort of contexts art becomes actually essential.

- Alistair Alexander


“New Activists of European Culture” is a series by Canal180 that focuses on conversations between activists from Europe. Born from partnership with We are Europe, which promotes, creates and produces 8 major European events. Their goal is to develop a prospective vision of electronic culture, technology and entrepreneurship, while contributing to new social and political developments through an interdisciplinary approach.



The first episode has Elevate Festival (Graz, Austria) as background. Vasilis Tsartsanis and Ben Frost shared their life experiences in a snowy environment.

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Resistance, the second episode of New Activists of European Culture, takes place in Lyon, France during Nuits Sonores. A conversation between Máret Ánne Sara and Angnieszka Wisniewska.

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