Aora media is a research-driven production group that focuses on designing and developing tools for social movements, speculative design, and multimedia storytelling projects.
The Hamsa Flag Project is a series of performances and workshops that revolve around a nationless flag.
The Hamsa Flag is designed to open up a conversation about the future of Israel/Palestine, hybrid identity, Sephardi/Mizrahi history, post-nationalism, binationalism, borderless culture, and intersectional movements & alternate socio-historical imaginaries.
You can read more about the project's journey in this essay published in Protocols in January 2018.
The colors of the flag, turquoise and copper, signify activation. In some craft traditions, the turquoise stone is used as eye at the center of the palm. In the case of this flag, the turquoise eye has been abstracted into the background, into an ocean of turquoise behind the open palm. The rays that emanate from the palm are copper, the element (Cu) from which the compound Turquoise is created via the process of oxidation in water.
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Thus the flag’s image reveals an elemental, latent source resting on the backdrop of an activated Turquoise expanse. The hamsa in this formation is designed to represent a vast, shifting, hybrid community of many tribes–and beyond the very notion of tribe–of many nations– and beyond the very notion of nation–emerging from a common elemental source.
The hamsa is an apotropaic symbol: a symbol that attracts the viewer's eye while turning it away (from the Greek: apo, away, tropos, turn). The hamsa is usually used, or worn, as a protective ward. By placing the hamsa on a flag, the object intends to serve as a collective ward against negativity of all kinds.
Virtual Strike 1.o
A theoretical collective boycott tool designed to deal with surveillance. Your data would only be scrubbed once a large enough amount of people (a critical mass) also sign on. Once it hits that point, there is an automatic collective withdrawal of support, so the tool has more of an impact. Illustrations and design by Madeleine Richter.
An algorithm and bot generates all possible combinations of prefixes and nouns, and can place the "new words" randomly in a range of texts of different genres and forms, using the Natural Language processing and the Markov chain algorithm. We are using two sets of nouns: the first is "all nouns," which consists of 55,191 words, and the second is a smaller set that we are calling "common nouns," which consists of 1525 words. By using 168 prefixes, the algorithm produces over 9 million "new words," not counting redundancies.
A story of two grieving friends pass a long subway ride to the outer stretches of Brooklyn by exchanging haunting visions of an impending dystopia -- a world in which everything you touch is jacked into the state-sponsored cloud. Created, directed, and animated by Danna Grace Windsor. Adapted from a story by Tom Haviv.