The Image International Award for Excellence

The International Journal of the Image offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the The Image Research Network.

Award Winner for Volume 9

How Images Survive (in) Theatre: On the Lives of Images in Rabih Mroué’s The Pixelated Revolution and Three Posters

This article analyses two theatre pieces by Rabih Mroué as statements and reflections about how images work. “The Pixelated Revolution” (2012) and “Three Posters” (2000) are lecture-performances that probe the power of images in the context of war. Both performances use images “on the brink” of death, the first showing gripping footage from demonstrators in the Syrian civil war and the latter integrating a real video testimony of a Lebanese suicide bomber into the theatre piece. These precarious images between life and death are used to theorise the image in an alternative way. Specifically, Mroué stages the image as self-critical metapictures, as has been theorized by W. J. T. Mitchell. Furthermore, Mroué treats the images as if they were actors, as if they had a life, a death, and ghostly (re)appearances of their own. This relates to Mitchell’s later approach, looking at images as living organisms. If images are alive, what lives do they lead, both within and beyond the theatre?

Past Award Winners

Volume 8

Meme Wars: Visual Communication in Popular Transhumanism

Gudrun Frommherz, The International Journal of the Image, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.1-19


Volume 7

Hashtag "Sunset": Smartphone Photography and the Punctum of Time

Tara McLennan, The International Journal of the Image, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.33-43


Volume 6

Derrida, Benjamin and the Subjectile

Jeremy Walton, The International Journal of the Image, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.13-20


Volume 5

The (Everyday) Image as One of Many: What Happens in the Interstice?

Andrea Thoma, The International Journal of the Image, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.1-10


Volume 4

The Affective Intensity of Images: Images as a Catalyst for Transformative Learning

Tara Michelle Winters, The International Journal of the Image, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.1-11


Volume 3

“Travail de panneau”: The Effects of Early Film on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s “Au cirque” Series

Kimberly Musial, The International Journal of the Image, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.53-71


Volume 2

Help! There’s a Picture in My Novel!

Joris Vermassen, The International Journal of the Image, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.195-204


Volume 1

Fear of Virtual Reality: Theoretical Case Study on Photography

Qianhui Bian and Kin Wai Michael Siu, The International Journal of the Image, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.87-98