This animation is an introduction to storytelling. Key media platforms have their roots in oral traditions such as poetry and storytelling. Arabic poetry predates Islam and, whilst originally celebrated in relation to the beauty of language, was a powerful medium to bring social consciousness into the public sphere.
This and other animation included in the exhibition From Visionaries to Vloggers (spring 2020) were commissioned by the museum to introduce different media platforms and issues discussed in the exhibition. The museum worked with animation company Cognitive to create short and informative explanations of the platforms, from which further exploration of the accompanying displayed historical material and interviews could flow.