The well-known, terrible still shows the Bakr boys fleeing on the beach in Gaza, Palestine on July 16, 2014, moments before an Israeli strike killed them. It is also the basis of VJ Um Amel’s interactive data visualization, Gaza Audio-Visual Narrative by a Cyborg: Images by Hashtag (2014). A protective covering of flitch half-obscures the figures of the running boys. Below them arise some of the thousands of Twitter posts responding to the killing. Does glitch dematerialize or rematerialize this picture? I think it does both, pushing our eyes away from the heartbreaking image of the children and drawing our the real networks of people who act in their memory.
Boys on the Beach Series (2014)
a. Boys on the Beach OG Mosaic
b. Boys on the Beach Glitched
c. Boys on the Beach 3D Triangulation