Cite as: John Corner, ‘Activism, Media Forms and Political Spaces: Some Comments of Response’, talk presented at the conference The Power of Activist Videos, ICI Berlin, 12–13 May 2017, video recording, mp4, 12:00 <>
12 – 13 May 2017

Activism, Media Forms and Political Spaces: Some Comments of Response

By John Corner

Video in English

Format: mp4
Length: 00:12:00
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Part of the Conference

The Power of Activist Videos

Web videos play a crucial role in the political protests that mobilize today‘s civil society. Spread and shared across social media, they draw attention to a variety of issues, serve as evidence and, ultimately, as a call to action.

In the attempt to win viewers’ hearts and minds, various new film forms and practices are emerging in the networked spaces of the Web 2.0. These new types of videos actively engage their audience by inviting participation, and thus contribute to the formation of counterpublics and social movements.

However, the power of web videos remains a contentious issue, as it is often associated with problems such as misuse, deception, ‘clicktivism‘ or surveillance.

The conference will bring together international researchers and activists to discuss the political aesthetics, strategies, and impact of these new lm forms – in short, the power of contemporary activist videos.For longer version please see


ICI Berlin
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Tina Askanius
Robin Celikates
John Corner
Jens Eder
Sirin Erensoy
Kathrin Fahlenbrach
Maike Gosch
Britta Hartmann
Nanna Heidenreich
Nather Henafe Alali
Concha Mateos
Leil-Zahra Mortada
Kate Nash
Sascha Simons
Gabi Sobliye
Chris Tedjasukmana
Margarita Tsomou
Malte Voß
Thorsten Winsel

Organized by

Jens Eder
Britta Hartmann
Julian Radlmaier
Chris Tedjasukmana
Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (Project: Video Activism 2.0 Between Social Media and Social Movements)