Monthly Archives: May 2018

I gave up on my dream, but I still believe it’s a great idea!

Super interesting 2 day event at AUB with #UXBEIRUT ! So many inspirational moments and great tips. Yesterday I applied my first learned lesson : @pstojanov123 ‘s art of failing smart ! And so I decided to move on and forget all about my dream of a virtual museum on a virtual land !! ( check previous post) for so many reasons i’d rather not get into. Guys i still believe it’s a great idea , it is up in the air (physically and litterally:)!) for anyone to grab and work on.

And no need for arcona or any other blockchain platform to build it on:) !!

Just get a VR/AR specialist , u don’t even need to map Beit Beirut( this will definitly save you time sweat money and frustration) . Get Bernard Khoury and the artists’s consent. For the success of the project top of your list should include artists who approached war in a very conceptual way such as : Walid Raad, Joanna Hadjitomas and Khalil Joreich, Lamia Joreige , Akram Zaatari etc

Nada Sehnaoui’s toilet installation would be great too!

Should you need my help I’ll try as much as i can , good luck!

#art #ConceptualArt #AR #VR #augmentedreality #virtualreality #beirut #architecture #museum

Might be a solution to the refugee’s crisis?

I was asked about what triggered my dream in the previous post . Here is the article that got me super excited and inspired . However my  dream  had it’s roots in a visit done last summer to Sfeir Semler Galllery. Bernard Khoury and Walid Raad’s hole in the ground museum proposal was fantastic , honestly if I had a piece of land I would have donated it, with no hesitation, for digging that hole!

My dream might remain a dream but I felt like sharing it …. Btw I’d like to make it very clear  I am not endorsing in any way  or promoting this company Arcona , far from that! Could be the greatest idea or biggest scam … I don’t think they are the only ones 3D mapping the world and adding an augmented reality layer to it … So many companies are building similar platforms I am not sure which is the best one, let me know if you have any idea!… I  just felt like sharing my dream and that coin i designed. :)!

Crossing my fingers for Lebanon to have its locally designed platform to provide artists architects ,advertisers etc  or whoever is interested in this amazing core technology. The applications are enormous. It could be the solution to Lebanon’s refugees crisis. Imagine 3D mapping Syria and providing all the refugees with a way of visiting every inch of their hometown , where they can start  imagining their future city. Great way to encourage  and give them incentive to go back and start a new future don’t you think?  BTW  AUB is hosting UXB 2018 – Lebanon’s first global UX event.

 

 

My virtual dream…

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!