A Modern Beethoven | Pete Eckert

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Blind photography is gaining ground in the world of contemporary art, with worldwide exhibits, and visually impaired artists with an eye for creativity, proving that losing sight is not synonymous with losing vision. The photographers rely on mental structuring to capture the fleeting moments of life, in effort to reflect their thoughts in a world where they[...]

In the Studio with Lina Amer

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In 2010, armed with a BA in Arabic language, 24-year old Saudi graphic designer, Lina Amer launched herself into the world of graphic design. “I entered the world of arts when I was 15 years old, but my real work started in 2010, when my taste in art started to thrive,” said Lina Amer whose ideas overflow with Arabic typography and iconic Arab creatives from[...]

Illustrating with Miss Chat*Z

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If you are looking for lush candy-colored landscapes, quirky looking vector-based illustrations, with a touch of whimsicality, you have to check out Miss Chat*Z illustrations. Oasis catches up with Miss Chat*Z. Tell us a little bit about yourself. What helped prepare you to become the artist that you are today? My real name is Sirine, I’m quite the mul[...]

RIGHT ON THE BALL | Rocking & Rolling with Kurt Perschke

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You probably saw it if you were in Abu Dhabi last year or in Taipei the year before that. And if you happen to be in England from June to July, you will likely see it dribble down the streets in time for the Cultural Olympiad. It is a 15-foot, inflated sphere that weighs 250 pounds and is always cloaked in red PVC fabric. It is Redball, the world famous scul[...]

Behind the Ego | Murakami Debuts in Doha

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Everybody was hovering around the star and visionary artist Takashi Murakami at his Middle Eastern debut show in Qatar Museum Authority’s Al-Riwaq. But, we wanted an even deeper look into the artist’s persona (perhaps he does have a big ego?). We wanted to know what it’s like to work with Takashi Murakami. What did it take to put this whole production tog[...]

On Top of the World | Farhad Moshiri in talk with Nik Nejad

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One of the most influential psychoanalysts of the 20th century, Erik H. Erikson (1902-1994) coined the term identity crisis. His legacy lies within his basic developmental premise that conflict is negotiated in the context of relationships and identity crisis is the confusion of roles, or the identity, which he identified in 1970 as “a subjective sense as we[...]

The Power of Persuasion | Mr. Brainwash

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Mr. Brainwash has a little Angelina Jolie thing going on. People either totally love him or just loathe the very sight of him. And this is the first thing I find myself asking him over the phone. He is in his Los Angeles studio and I’m in Beirut, and there is a whole 10-hour delay. He has just rolled out of bed, all fresh, excited, and Mr. Brainwashy, and I’[...]

The Big Shot | Nadine Labki

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Inside Nadine Labaki’s humble abode, expect to be dealt a couple of surprises. The first is around 85 centimeters tall, cloaked in a buffed up Spiderman suit. This is her favorite project to date, one that took nine arduous months to deliver. Say hello to three-year-old Walid. He will show you his stellar dance moves and musical proficiency, performing to pe[...]

Industrial Yves-olution

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He might walk among us and even look like us, but Yves Béhar is not one of us. He is a man from the future and don’t let his charm and acumen trick you into thinking otherwise. Béhar might have one foot in the present moment, but the other is firmly rooted in tomorrow. He is not merely clairvoyant – he doesn’t simply see the future, he lives there. In fact, [...]

Khalid Shafar Tells a Tale

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Switching careers especially when you are really good at what you do is no easy feat, but for Khalid Shafar moving from being an executive marketing professional to a product designer was answering a long over-due call. Harnessing his passion for design with a degree in furniture and object design in the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and D[...]

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