Ministry of Censorship
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Movie censorship in Lebanon is archaic and random. Most importantly, there is really no visibility and awareness on these practices or a direct authority that claims responsibility. In an effort to better visualise the problem, the Ministry of Censorship was created emulating a dark-age like authority in modern times. I researched 20+ movies that were banned in the last 5 years and compiled them in an ‘official’ database of banned movies. The list was based on news archives, private local movie distributors logs and movie theatre personnel and staff. The database also provides the reason of the ban and the authority calling for it. To tackle the visibility problem, a visual code for each kind of censorship was created to help the audience identify the issue. A lot of money is spent on movie marketing in Lebanon, consequently the ministry will use already existing platforms and mediums like in-theatre posters and trailers to advertise the banned movies. Hopefully with the increased visibility of censorship and the clearer basis of its reasons, the Ministry will become a catalyst to start the debate on freedom in art.


Posters in the streets of Beirut, June 2018


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Ministry of Censorship
Screenshots from the website

Movie censorship in Lebanon is archaic and random. Most importantly, there is really no visibility and awareness on these practices or a direct authority that claims responsibility. In an effort to better visualise the problem, the Ministry of Censorship was created emulating a dark-age like authority in modern times. I researched 20+ movies that were banned in the last 5 years and compiled them in an ‘official’ database of banned movies. The list was based on news archives, private local movie distributors logs and movie theatre personnel and staff. The database also provides the reason of the ban and the authority calling for it. To tackle the visibility problem, a visual code for each kind of censorship was created to help the audience identify the issue. A lot of money is spent on movie marketing in Lebanon, consequently the ministry will use already existing platforms and mediums like in-theatre posters and trailers to advertise the banned movies. Hopefully with the increased visibility of censorship and the clearer basis of its reasons, the Ministry will become a catalyst to start the debate on freedom in art.


Posters in the streets of Beirut, June 2018


ministryofcensorship.com


Contra

The channel promotes curiosity and culture in a visually appealing way while showing an interest to pop culture and current events. The media targets Lebanese young adults looking for alternative culture and identify to the main rationale behind the project. The branding and on-air graphics are a direct critique of the local TV scene. Going back to the nuclear form of any broadcast, the pixel, Contra’s identity and idents are more than visuals, they are a statement. 

Idents

Contra Idents from Jad Sawaya on Vimeo.


Pixel idents are created by filming existing Lebanese TV shows and broadcasts through a filter creating colourful, vibrant and expressing visuals that reflect the alternative nature of the channel. The idents are produced by manually by fiming the TV set and positioning the pixel filter on the screen (no additional computer animation or manipulation was used)
The pixel maker encodes the current programming and feed of current local Lebanese TV channels, to create this array of pixels that creates a brand new identity.

Show Opening Titles

Contra Show Openers from Jad Sawaya on Vimeo.


Contra's own shows are branded with the nature of the project in mind. Macro shots are taken of old TV sets, often on static, to preserve the analogue mood of the channel. Broadcast graphics also reflect the curiosity and quirkiness with optical illusions and revealing elements.


Demo from Jad Sawaya on Vimeo.




Contra

The channel promotes curiosity and culture in a visually appealing way while showing an interest to pop culture and current events. The media targets Lebanese young adults looking for alternative culture and identify to the main rationale behind the project. The branding and on-air graphics are a direct critique of the local TV scene. Going back to the nuclear form of any broadcast, the pixel, Contra’s identity and idents are more than visuals, they are a statement. 

Idents

Contra Idents from Jad Sawaya on Vimeo.


Pixel idents are created by filming existing Lebanese TV shows and broadcasts through a filter creating colourful, vibrant and expressing visuals that reflect the alternative nature of the channel. The idents are produced by manually by fiming the TV set and positioning the pixel filter on the screen (no additional computer animation or manipulation was used)
The pixel maker encodes the current programming and feed of current local Lebanese TV channels, to create this array of pixels that creates a brand new identity.

Show Opening Titles

Contra Show Openers from Jad Sawaya on Vimeo.


Contra's own shows are branded with the nature of the project in mind. Macro shots are taken of old TV sets, often on static, to preserve the analogue mood of the channel. Broadcast graphics also reflect the curiosity and quirkiness with optical illusions and revealing elements.


Demo from Jad Sawaya on Vimeo.




What was Trump tweeting? 
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The White House released a list of 78 events around the world that were allegedly “largely under-reported”. This in an investigation that showcases some of the news outlets that did actually report the events and what the current US president was actually tweeting during or after these events. Using tweets exclusively, creates a narratives of real events and starts a comparison. The juxtaposition of tweets adds a whole new layer of story-telling. The piece can still embed an opinion with a clear commentary, while using objective facts and publicly available information.


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