Virtual Palestine

Virtual Palestine is a cutting edge arts project, developed by Virus Media in collaboration with young Palestinians in Sydney to establish a creative cyber presence for the global Palestinian diaspora. The site uses both English and Arabic and features a gallery, a communication space and music software to jam live on the net with people in other countries.

vpal_craig2Virtual Palestine’s content is based around artistic explorations of Palestinian culture, examining individual experiences of identity, culture and place.

This is reflected in the different creative zones of the website – a gallery; a personal profile where people can tell their own stories; a map locator for Palestinians to relate, where they live now to where their family originally lived in Palestine; and a music creation area. A news and current affairs area is linked to the Indymedia Global independent news network.

vpal_craigStereotypes are challenged, with the opportunity to ‘throw your own rock’ into orbit in the stonethrower area. Here people can stuff their frustrations into a ball and send it into cyberspace. This plays upon media images of stone-throwers in the current Palestinian Intifada. Reflecting the aims of Virtual Palestine, it transforms a negative image into something positive.

Project Director: Enda Murray

vpal_baladnaWeb Director: Monique Potts

Designer: PJ Lenehan

Co-Writers: Patrick Abboud, Lamia Daboussy, Anna Kemp

Programming: Andy Nicholson, Grant Focas

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