A huge soap bubble, my own version of Sou Fujimoto’s Serpentine pavillion(2015)
Beirut ! Such a vibrant creative zone. Not that I am an expert on that , I am still trying to catch up with the lebanese art scene .( TAP is a great place to start!)
Lebanon has so many wonderful artists whose work revolves around war, I don’t get it, why is the maison jaune /Beit Beirut( the war/memorial museum in Beirut) still empty!!???
While those in charge of Beit Beirut are trying to reach a consensus to agree on what is supposed to be there , someone on the other side of the planet is busy 3D mapping the whole world . Others are busy selling virtual land using blockchain technology to buyers who can build anything from the most basic sculpture to the most complexe augmented reality experience you can ever think of!
We live in a fantastic world. Now almost any dream can come true at least in the virtual/augmented reality space !
Imagine buying the virtual plot of la maison jaune and filling it with works of our very talented artists.
Virtual tresspassing you might think. Ok forget about the maison jaune, choose another virtual location, preferably one of the most contentious zone in Lebanon , and build the virtual war museum on it. Call that one , maison rouge, add an extension , a hole , Bernard Khoury’s hole in the ground museum. Voila! Lebanon could have it’s state of the art contemporary art/war museum with all the augmented reality you can think of, it could be built in no time at a fraction of the cost of a real one.
And one day hopefully , the digital curator hand in hand with a human curator will enable the virtual project to morph into reality! Virtual or real, offering a space where every voice could be heard regardless of which side of the war you were on, a place that would open the dialogue, so necessary for healing, understanding and forgiving… Having said all that , I sometimes wonder , should we really keep looking back to the past? Forget and keep on going . At times I am totally with this opinion. I reserve the right to contradict myself , lebanese are known to be masters of contradictions:)!! So I go through stages, this happens automatically , when I’m in Beirut I shift gears . It happens unconsciously. The thing is , something in this country forces you to keep looking back . I guess it’s because nothing really changed in the political power structure of the country and so to understand the present you definitely need to understand the past.
Sorry guys to disappoint you . My dream has nothing to do with the lebanese election which is supposed to take place tomorrow. Tomorrow happens to be Martyrs’ Day too!