One of the first videos in the gallery, titled “Media Man, You Are a Mujahid,” sees a man with a rifle strapped to his chest speaking on a beach. “Today the West is able to, as a result of their vast resources, to influence the weaker, defeated minds of people with incorrect information on the Mujahideen,” he says, but soon announces, “The Islamic State now has its own media production team, which, with the help of God, has been able to claim victories on the media battlefront.”
Similar methods of media manipulation continue across the room. Photographs show seemingly tender ISIS fighters giving clothing and school supplies to children. A video depicts members of the group constructing a new market.
Another recruitment video from 2014, “Abu Muslim from Canada (May Allah Accept Him),” sees a young Ontario native convert to Islam, uprooting himself from his job and family to fight in Syria, and ultimately becoming a martyr in a 2013 battle. A year after his death, this video was created, combining an earlier interview (in which the subject describes himself as a regular Canadian, not a social outcast or anarchist but someone who left behind a good life to do something he believed to be noble) with battle scenes and a close-up of his dead body as it’s prepared for ceremony. The relatively elaborate production uses a soft filter and spliced-in bucolic imagery to suggest that the man is speaking to viewers from the afterlife.
An additional section was added to “Perpetual Revolution” in the wake of the U.S. presidential election and brings the show’s message home. It assembles media shared online by members of the alt-right and publications that have aligned themselves with the group. Three video screens stream images shared by alt-right adherents on Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter, and Gab, a social network that operates under the promise that it won’t censor its users (as opposed to the community guidelines most networks employ) and has become a safe haven for hate speech.