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Magzoid Magazine - Luxury Magazine in the Creative Space | November 2022

The November 2022 issue of Magzoid Magazine features an amazing cover artwork by Ai-Da, the world's first ultra-realistic artist robot. This edition includes a glimpse of the future of art and a section highlighting the winter holiday destinations, and little artists for universal children’s day for our readers. The Space Needle Seattle, and Cybertecture Egg have been featured in the Architectural Wonders. Editorial picks of luxury watches, jewelry, and lifestyle products have been featured in the designer’s corner along with an exclusive featured story of the logo of Museum of the Future. Magzoid Magazine is a luxury magazine leading the creative space of the MENA region. The different genres covered by Magzoid Magazine include exceptional designs, arts & culture, interviews of influential business leaders and industry veterans, various creative and design aspects across different industry verticals, luxury lifestyle, fashion and jewelry brands, creative branding highlights from corporates, and many others. Magzoid Magazine is a leading media platform in the creative segment.

The November 2022 issue of Magzoid Magazine features an amazing cover artwork by Ai-Da, the world's first ultra-realistic artist robot. This edition includes a glimpse of the future of art and a section highlighting the winter holiday destinations, and little artists for universal children’s day for our readers. The Space Needle Seattle, and Cybertecture Egg have been featured in the Architectural Wonders. Editorial picks of luxury watches, jewelry, and lifestyle products have been featured in the designer’s corner along with an exclusive featured story of the logo of Museum of the Future.
Magzoid Magazine is a luxury magazine leading the creative space of the MENA region. The different genres covered by Magzoid Magazine include exceptional designs, arts & culture, interviews of influential business leaders and industry veterans, various creative and design aspects across different industry verticals, luxury lifestyle, fashion and jewelry brands, creative branding highlights from corporates, and many others. Magzoid Magazine is a leading media platform in the creative segment.

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issue!<br />

Editor<br />

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Saleha Khanam<br />

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ARTIST STORIES | Inspire & Empower<br />

20-21<br />

26-27 38-40<br />

Seaty<br />

Hassan Ragab<br />

Ismail Khayat<br />

16-17<br />

The Future of Art<br />

46-47<br />

50-51<br />

60-61<br />

Rajan Seth<br />

Melika<br />

Maria Vasileva<br />

68-69<br />

Peterson Silva<br />

14-15<br />

Cover Story<br />

52-53 Exclusive <strong>in</strong>terview with<br />

BeachbyFIVE’s Executive Chef<br />

Florian Barbaro<br />

30-31 W<strong>in</strong>ter Holiday Dest<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

65<br />

Art galleries to visit Metaverse<br />

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Digital Artist<br />

Artists <strong>in</strong> Focus<br />

Futurism Movement<br />

56-57 Waleed Shah 32 Sarah Shoushan 33 Samia Saleh 34-35 The Relevance Of The Futurism<br />

Movement, Today<br />

Special Days<br />

18 Universal Childrens Day<br />

43 World Television Days<br />

40<br />

International Men’s Day<br />

28 Art Vs Design<br />

Event Coverage 29<br />

NFT Talks 13 | 48 | 64<br />

Art News 11 | 19 | 36 | 41 | 49 | 62-63 | 67<br />

AI Generated Art 44-45<br />

Editorial 55<br />

Featured Photographs 12 | 37<br />

Picture Story 42 | 54 | 66 | 76<br />

Art exhibitions and events 70-71<br />

Art Facts 72-73<br />

Featured Artworks 74-75<br />

Brand Logo 86<br />

80-85<br />

Designers Corner<br />

10 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


ART NEWS<br />

The UAE welcomes its First Hospital<br />

<strong>in</strong> Metaverse with Medcare women and children<br />

hospital as part of its historic race to <strong>the</strong> future<br />

Medcare Hospitals & Medical<br />

Centres, one of <strong>the</strong> larger<br />

healthcare provider cha<strong>in</strong>s <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai and Sharjah, launched<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir first hospital <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Metaverse, mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

it <strong>the</strong> UAE’s first medical facility to be<br />

present <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Metaverse. With Dubai’s<br />

vision of becom<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> world’s Metaverse<br />

Hub and <strong>the</strong> announcement of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

Metaverse strategy this July, various entities<br />

from a wide range of <strong>in</strong>dustries, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

m<strong>in</strong>istries, have announced <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>tentions<br />

to jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> novel virtual world. In l<strong>in</strong>e with<br />

this, Medcare Women & Children’s Hospital<br />

has partnered with BIOMETAVERSE and<br />

went live on October 11, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

The Metaverse healthcare facility, which<br />

is hosted on a public cloud with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

geographical boundaries of <strong>the</strong> UAE,<br />

aims to provide a glimpse of <strong>the</strong> real-life<br />

experience at Medcare Women & Children’s<br />

Hospital. The platform will be used <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

medical tourism <strong>in</strong>itiatives; giv<strong>in</strong>g potential<br />

patients a chance to have an immersive<br />

visual experience of <strong>the</strong> hospital facility,<br />

allow<strong>in</strong>g for trust and transparency.<br />

“We are delighted to unveil UAE’s first<br />

hospital <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Metaverse today. Medcare<br />

Women & Children Hospital will set <strong>the</strong><br />

benchmark for immersive virtual patient<br />

experience – an element that we will br<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to life across Medcare Hospitals and<br />

Medical Centres network through fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

<strong>in</strong>troductions. At Aster DM Healthcare, we<br />

constantly strive to advance <strong>the</strong> health<br />

services that we provide by embrac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

advanced technologies, develop<strong>in</strong>g<br />

treatment protocols, and abid<strong>in</strong>g by <strong>the</strong><br />

highest standards of medical services, <strong>in</strong><br />

l<strong>in</strong>e with <strong>the</strong> UAE’s lead<strong>in</strong>g position on <strong>the</strong><br />

global health map. Medcare’s <strong>in</strong>troduction<br />

to <strong>the</strong> Metaverse is a stepp<strong>in</strong>g stone <strong>in</strong> this<br />

direction,” says Alisha Moopen, Deputy<br />

Manag<strong>in</strong>g Director, Aster DM Healthcare.<br />

Medcare plans to roll out metaverse<br />

to Medcare Hospital Al Safa and<br />

Medcare Orthopedics & Sp<strong>in</strong>e Hospital<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> com<strong>in</strong>g months, simultaneously<br />

improv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> functionality of <strong>the</strong>ir current<br />

Metaverse facility to elevate virtual patient<br />

experiences. The Metaverse Medcare<br />

Women & Children Hospital will <strong>in</strong>itially be<br />

an <strong>in</strong>vite-only basis.<br />

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NFT TALKS<br />

Why NFTs are a game-changer<br />

for digital collectibles?<br />

NFTs or non-fungible tokens are<br />

game-changers for <strong>the</strong> world of<br />

digital collectibles. Why? Let’s<br />

break that down, as quickly as<br />

we can. When one buys an NFT, a digital<br />

collectible one becomes <strong>the</strong> owner of<br />

<strong>the</strong> actual element, which could be art,<br />

video, or even gifs, and <strong>the</strong> certificate of<br />

ownership that certifies that your element<br />

is one of a k<strong>in</strong>d. Without this half, you are<br />

left with a random digital asset that can be<br />

copied, and stored without your consent,<br />

and hence loses its value. This is <strong>the</strong> reason<br />

beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong> token be<strong>in</strong>g called, non-fungible<br />

as <strong>the</strong>y serve as digital proofs-of-ownership.<br />

The nature of NFTs as a digital collectible<br />

relies heavily on <strong>the</strong> improvement <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

quality of life for a collector. Unlike physical<br />

collectibles, digital ones, quite logically do<br />

not need a physical space or cont<strong>in</strong>ued<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>tenance. Hence, <strong>the</strong> cost of ownership<br />

is practically zero.<br />

Before NFTs, digital items could be<br />

copied and bought without any clear idea<br />

of <strong>the</strong> creator or <strong>the</strong> current owner. Also, <strong>the</strong><br />

biggest problem was creat<strong>in</strong>g a conv<strong>in</strong>c<strong>in</strong>g<br />

digital tw<strong>in</strong> that resembled <strong>the</strong> actual item.<br />

With <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> technologies<br />

like <strong>the</strong> metaverse, augment reality, and<br />

blockcha<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> rate of adoption of NFTs<br />

stands to skyrocket.<br />

NFTs, impart uniqueness to <strong>the</strong> world of<br />

<strong>the</strong> digital collection, and that is a welcome<br />

improvement for casual collectors and<br />

digital artists. As, non-fungible tokens<br />

enable <strong>the</strong> digital creator to own and sell<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir digital work to <strong>the</strong>ir communities, thus<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g a whole new market for such art<br />

and collectibles. Also, creators of NFTs<br />

receive a percentage of <strong>the</strong> future sales of<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir work, which generates tremendous<br />

value for <strong>the</strong> creators as unique creatives<br />

and an appreciation for <strong>the</strong>ir art, which<br />

makes this market of digital collectibles<br />

<strong>in</strong>vestible.<br />

The very fact that NFTs are <strong>in</strong>vestible is<br />

<strong>the</strong> sole progenitor <strong>in</strong> mak<strong>in</strong>g this format of<br />

digital collectibles a game changer <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

market. Characteristics like market <strong>in</strong>terest,<br />

uniqueness, and proof of possession/<br />

ownership are <strong>the</strong> guid<strong>in</strong>g reasons that<br />

make NFTs all <strong>the</strong> more a conv<strong>in</strong>c<strong>in</strong>g<br />

avenue of creative expression <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> com<strong>in</strong>g<br />

years.<br />

NFT sales have begun to rise. These<br />

numbers are likely to fluctuate, sometimes<br />

see<strong>in</strong>g booms and o<strong>the</strong>r times, busts.<br />

The very nature of this market <strong>in</strong>vites<br />

such variability, as <strong>the</strong> concept of digital<br />

collectibles rema<strong>in</strong>s <strong>in</strong> its <strong>in</strong>fancy. But <strong>the</strong><br />

foundation is <strong>in</strong> place, and <strong>the</strong> technology<br />

has far and wide applications that see<br />

widespread acceptance. Rest assured, <strong>the</strong><br />

field is set for this game changer, to change<br />

<strong>the</strong> world of collectibles and <strong>the</strong> way we<br />

value creativity for <strong>the</strong> better.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

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COVER ARTIST<br />

The Artist Robot<br />

By Ai-Da<br />

14 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


AI Robot who<br />

took <strong>the</strong> world<br />

over with<br />

Algorithm<br />

Queen<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Ai-Da, claimed as <strong>the</strong> world’s first ultra-realistic artist robot by gallerist Aidan<br />

Meller<br />

A<br />

i-Da, claimed as <strong>the</strong> world’s<br />

first ultra-realistic artist robot,<br />

is an <strong>in</strong>vention by gallerist<br />

Aidan Meller. This feat of<br />

technology was achieved <strong>in</strong> collaboration<br />

with Eng<strong>in</strong>eered Arts, a Cornish robotics<br />

company. Her artistic capabilities and<br />

<strong>in</strong>telligence were developed by artificial<br />

<strong>in</strong>telligence researchers from <strong>the</strong> University<br />

of Oxford, and <strong>the</strong> arm that aids her <strong>in</strong><br />

compos<strong>in</strong>g her artworks was produced<br />

by Salaheld<strong>in</strong> Al Abd and Ziad Abass,<br />

undergraduate students from <strong>the</strong> School<br />

of Electronic and Electrical Eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g at<br />

<strong>the</strong> University of Leeds. In April <strong>2022</strong>, Ai-Da<br />

recently received her new pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g arm,<br />

which allowed her to use a palette, at <strong>the</strong><br />

British Library <strong>in</strong> London.<br />

Ai-Da is an ultra-realistic robot with<br />

artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence (AI) capabilities that<br />

allow her to speak and communicate with<br />

humans extremely well. Her design serves<br />

as an artist robot who is endowed with <strong>the</strong><br />

ability to create art. Be it on <strong>the</strong> canvas<br />

or sculpt<strong>in</strong>g, Ai-Da uses AI algorithms to<br />

produce works that comment on <strong>the</strong> current<br />

and future use of artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence.<br />

As of today, Ai-Da has stunned her<br />

audience <strong>in</strong> numerous exhibitions, such<br />

as <strong>the</strong> Tate Modern Exchange, Ashmolean<br />

Museum, TEDx, at Great Pyramids of<br />

Giza, Abu Dhabi Art, and most recently at<br />

<strong>the</strong> Pavillion Exhibition dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Venice<br />

Biennale.<br />

The project is a serious ethical art project<br />

that aims to shed light on <strong>the</strong> benefits and<br />

creative use of artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

world. The enormous AI advancement<br />

tak<strong>in</strong>g place helped to realize more<br />

aspects of <strong>the</strong> technology through Ai-Da’s<br />

conversation. She speaks about <strong>the</strong> areas<br />

of <strong>in</strong>terest this technology generates and<br />

how it has become a force for good <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>se<br />

chang<strong>in</strong>g times.<br />

Ai-Da is a mirror of our evolv<strong>in</strong>g society.<br />

With <strong>the</strong> growth of technology, her role has<br />

become all <strong>the</strong> more important. Her identity<br />

as a robot artist allows us to deliberate on<br />

<strong>the</strong> role of humans and mach<strong>in</strong>es <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

future.<br />

Creativity is mak<strong>in</strong>g art that is new,<br />

surpris<strong>in</strong>g, and of value. Us<strong>in</strong>g this<br />

def<strong>in</strong>ition by Professor Margaret Boden,<br />

Ai-Da was able to devise artworks that were<br />

genu<strong>in</strong>ely creative. Us<strong>in</strong>g an AI algorithm<br />

to draw and pa<strong>in</strong>t, she has also begun<br />

sculpt<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Ai-Da made history at a solo show<br />

titled Ai-Da: Portrait of a Robot at <strong>the</strong><br />

Design Museum <strong>in</strong> London with her first<br />

self-portrait, which was pa<strong>in</strong>ted with<br />

no conscious self. The part about <strong>the</strong><br />

conscious self is important because how<br />

can one pa<strong>in</strong>t a self-portrait with no self?<br />

This automatically raises <strong>the</strong> question of<br />

identity <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> digital age and <strong>the</strong> possibility<br />

of hav<strong>in</strong>g digital doubles as we merge more<br />

<strong>in</strong> our daily lives with technology.<br />

Ai-Da was <strong>in</strong>vited to exhibit a sculpture<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Forever is Now exhibition at <strong>the</strong><br />

Pyramids of Giza. This is <strong>the</strong> first time that<br />

an artist has had access to <strong>the</strong> plateau<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Pyramid’s history <strong>in</strong> over 4500<br />

years! Ai-Da is also <strong>the</strong> first humanoid to<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t Queen Elizabeth II for <strong>the</strong> Plat<strong>in</strong>um<br />

Jubilee and to device a font at <strong>the</strong> Design<br />

Museum. In April <strong>2022</strong>, Ai-Da launched <strong>the</strong><br />

world premiere of her solo exhibition titled<br />

“Leap<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> Metaverse” dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

59th Venice Biennale.<br />

This project by Aidan Meller serves to<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>d us of <strong>the</strong> future that we have chosen<br />

to achieve through technology, and it<br />

requires <strong>the</strong> community to realize <strong>the</strong> nature<br />

of changes that such technologies can<br />

<strong>in</strong>troduce <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of art for <strong>the</strong> better.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

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THE FUTURE OF ART<br />

The Future of Art<br />

Traditional to Digital Form<br />

When one talks about <strong>the</strong> future,<br />

<strong>the</strong> consensus is that of<br />

ambiguity or ambition. Talk<strong>in</strong>g<br />

about <strong>the</strong> future of art is an<br />

ambitious one. Why?<br />

It is genu<strong>in</strong>ely dangerous to claim what<br />

<strong>the</strong> future holds when <strong>the</strong> present seems<br />

complicated. Today, <strong>the</strong> role of art <strong>in</strong><br />

def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and enabl<strong>in</strong>g cultural, social, and<br />

technological evolution has ushered <strong>in</strong> a<br />

new age of art, <strong>in</strong> some ways <strong>the</strong> future of<br />

art. So, let’s take a m<strong>in</strong>ute to understand <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>evitable change from traditional to today’s<br />

digital art.<br />

Artists are creators whose work is<br />

<strong>the</strong> aftermath of <strong>the</strong>ir perception and<br />

relationship with society. Yves Michaud,<br />

a famous French philosopher, says <strong>the</strong><br />

same: art is a reflection of society. Their<br />

work seeks to comment on politics, power,<br />

and world events. While conversations on<br />

human concerns have allowed artists to<br />

present <strong>the</strong>ir perspectives to <strong>the</strong> masses<br />

and enable a connection between “art” and<br />

“society”.<br />

This connection has grown stronger<br />

with time. Photography and video, capture<br />

reality <strong>in</strong> a way that transcends <strong>the</strong> canvas<br />

and allows its critics to transport <strong>the</strong>mselves<br />

to places that <strong>the</strong>y have never been to<br />

before. Pop art has led to <strong>the</strong> birth of a new<br />

generation of artists who use symbols, and<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir freedom and accessibility to different<br />

mediums to denounce and educate <strong>the</strong><br />

public.<br />

Technology has contributed greatly to<br />

def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> modern form i.e. <strong>the</strong> digital<br />

state of <strong>the</strong> art. New visual means have<br />

allowed creators to redef<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> limitations<br />

of <strong>the</strong> canvas and create pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs that<br />

create a new sense of wonder <strong>in</strong> art. Art, <strong>in</strong><br />

many ways, is a product of technological<br />

development, as it allows for new mediums<br />

that allow artists to explore new avenues of<br />

visual expression.<br />

Often, technology has removed <strong>the</strong><br />

physical barriers that once limited artists.<br />

For example, when <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t tube was<br />

<strong>in</strong>vented <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> mid-19th century, artists<br />

started pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g outdoors. Barely 20<br />

years later, Impressionism was born. It<br />

is reasonable to say that, without this<br />

<strong>in</strong>vention, this artistic movement would<br />

never have taken place.<br />

Sculpt<strong>in</strong>g is a doma<strong>in</strong> of artistic creativity<br />

that has developed over <strong>the</strong> centuries.<br />

New materials such as plastic, metal alloys,<br />

and polymers of all k<strong>in</strong>ds, coupled with<br />

new techniques, such as 3D pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

design<strong>in</strong>g software have aided <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> birth<br />

of marvelous and awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g sculptures<br />

across <strong>the</strong> planet.<br />

Take Vantablack technology, for <strong>in</strong>stance.<br />

Anish Kapoor, at Descente Dans les limbes,<br />

2016 put smiles of wonder on <strong>the</strong> faces of<br />

<strong>the</strong> visitors as <strong>the</strong> technology allowed for<br />

<strong>the</strong> creation of black that absorbs 99.99%<br />

of light.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> past decades, <strong>the</strong>re has been<br />

an unprecedented rise <strong>in</strong> access to<br />

global culture, <strong>the</strong> economy, <strong>in</strong>dustry,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>formation. This gave way to new<br />

perceptions and realizations of diversity<br />

across different cultures. For example,<br />

C<strong>in</strong>dy Sherman, an artist who has portrayed<br />

herself <strong>in</strong> self-portraits for more than 40<br />

years, can grasp stereotypes from all over<br />

<strong>the</strong> world. She represents herself as an<br />

American housewife of <strong>the</strong> 1950s, as a<br />

Japanese <strong>the</strong>ater actress, and many more<br />

characters. It also hits an <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g note;<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> diverse avenues to explore<br />

creatively and also personally. But it also<br />

raises a concern. Globalization has long<br />

been <strong>the</strong> diffusion of Western culture <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> Eastern hemisphere and not <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

way around.<br />

The future of art must be more equitable,<br />

which is possible with <strong>the</strong> reevaluation<br />

of artists and thoughts from non-western<br />

cultures. For example, Moroccan artist<br />

Hassan Hajjaj likes to praise <strong>the</strong> culture of<br />

<strong>the</strong> souk. He takes <strong>the</strong> cloth<strong>in</strong>g customs<br />

of his country, such as <strong>the</strong> veil, and makes<br />

<strong>the</strong>m an offbeat fashion accessory. In do<strong>in</strong>g<br />

so, his work fits <strong>in</strong>to a globalized logic but<br />

through a non-Westernized prism.<br />

Now, we f<strong>in</strong>ally come to <strong>the</strong> most<br />

important facet of <strong>the</strong> future of art, which<br />

is <strong>the</strong> social environment and technology<br />

<strong>in</strong> which creation takes place. One must<br />

not overestimate <strong>the</strong> importance of <strong>the</strong>se<br />

aspects <strong>in</strong> support<strong>in</strong>g today’s vision of what<br />

art can become <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> future. Non-Fungible<br />

tokens (NFTs) are a strong example of<br />

how technology and <strong>the</strong> rise of design<strong>in</strong>g<br />

software have changed <strong>the</strong> future of art.<br />

With artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>troduced<br />

to <strong>the</strong> creative process, one must learn to<br />

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THE FUTURE OF ART<br />

discern and prioritize <strong>the</strong> ma<strong>in</strong> key facets of<br />

a chang<strong>in</strong>g human civilization.<br />

These words aptly pick out key driv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

factors that are chang<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> world <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

22nd century. All one must do is realize<br />

that <strong>the</strong> future of art is chang<strong>in</strong>g from its<br />

traditional self to a digital, more accessible<br />

form.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

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SPECIAL DAYS<br />

Universal Children’s Day<br />

World Children’s Day was orig<strong>in</strong>ally observed as Universal Children’s Day <strong>in</strong> 1954. Every year on <strong>November</strong> 20th,<br />

Universal Children’s Day is celebrated to br<strong>in</strong>g awareness to children around <strong>the</strong> world who have experienced<br />

violence <strong>in</strong> forms of abuse, exploitation, and discrim<strong>in</strong>ation, as well as to promote <strong>in</strong>ternational toge<strong>the</strong>rness and<br />

awareness among children worldwide, and to improve children’s welfare.<br />

To mark <strong>the</strong> occasion, we are present<strong>in</strong>g you some beautiful young pa<strong>in</strong>ters and <strong>the</strong>ir artworks.<br />

Khalica began creat<strong>in</strong>g art while she was still a toddler. She eventually began to enjoy pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and had <strong>the</strong> desire to become an artist. She pursues art every day s<strong>in</strong>ce she is homeschooled.<br />

Khalica experiments with a variety of mediums, but her two favorites are watercolor and markers.<br />

She learned to appreciate <strong>the</strong> beauty of art by watch<strong>in</strong>g and research<strong>in</strong>g well-known pa<strong>in</strong>ters.<br />

Three of her favorite artists are Michelangelo, Leonardo Da V<strong>in</strong>ci, and Claude Monet.<br />

Despite <strong>the</strong> fact that Khalica hasn’t participated <strong>in</strong> any contests or exhibitions, her Alberto<br />

Giacometti-<strong>in</strong>spired 3-D sculpture was shown <strong>in</strong> her art class (Belajart.id)<br />

Khalica Abigail Soepriyadi<br />

Léo Satsuki Epiard<br />

Leo Satsuki is Japanese and French. He is a first-year student at an <strong>in</strong>ternational primary school<br />

<strong>in</strong> Tokyo who is 6 years old. He began pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g on a magic board when he was two years old and<br />

developed his draw<strong>in</strong>g skills on his own, primarily via observation and thought, without tak<strong>in</strong>g any<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g lessons. He admires Salvador Dalí and Japanese traditional art,<br />

Such as <strong>the</strong> works of <strong>the</strong> Japanese artist Hokusai. Noth<strong>in</strong>g stops little Leo from creat<strong>in</strong>g art, apart<br />

from pencils and watercolor pencils, he also goes for his ball pen to create. Books, d<strong>in</strong>osaurs,<br />

monsters, Japanese ghosts, nature, <strong>in</strong>sects, and films like Lord of <strong>the</strong> R<strong>in</strong>gs or Harry Potter are<br />

some of <strong>the</strong> sources of his <strong>in</strong>spiration.<br />

18 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


ART NEWS<br />

As part of UAE’s bold vision for <strong>the</strong><br />

future, Festival X - where art meets technology<br />

launches <strong>in</strong> Dubai<br />

Anovel platform, Festival X<br />

launched <strong>in</strong> Dubai <strong>in</strong> October,<br />

represent<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection of<br />

art, science, and technology, with<br />

<strong>the</strong> central goal of develop<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> media<br />

art community. From biotech to robotics,<br />

artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence, space trash, satellite<br />

data, and much more, Festival X took place<br />

<strong>in</strong> Alserkal Avenue from October 7th to 9th,<br />

<strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Co-founded and directed by Am<strong>in</strong> Davaei,<br />

Festival X is powered by <strong>the</strong> awardw<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and UAE-based events company,<br />

LINKVIVA and its present<strong>in</strong>g partner, Al<br />

Serkal Avenue. Festival X is <strong>in</strong>tended to<br />

be an educative space that illustrates,<br />

discusses, and advances <strong>the</strong> potential of<br />

hybridisation between different artistic and<br />

scientific discipl<strong>in</strong>es, that hold important<br />

opportunities to shape <strong>the</strong> future.<br />

As a new concept, <strong>the</strong> Festival X team<br />

is adamant about start<strong>in</strong>g this journey<br />

on <strong>the</strong> right foot. They have accord<strong>in</strong>gly<br />

benchmarked and collaborated with<br />

pioneers of this movement by br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g<br />

onboard Mart<strong>in</strong> Honzik, Manag<strong>in</strong>g Director<br />

of Ars Electronica Festival, and Christl Baur,<br />

Head of Ars Electronica Festival as festival<br />

advisors, along with David Brüll, Founder<br />

and Director of NODE Forum for Digital Arts<br />

and <strong>the</strong> NODE Institute, as Co-curator and<br />

festival consultant.<br />

With <strong>the</strong> sure support of <strong>the</strong> Department<br />

of Tourism and Commerce Market<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

LINKVIVA was able to br<strong>in</strong>g Festival X to<br />

life; and with key partnerships with local<br />

and <strong>in</strong>ternational establishments such as<br />

Alserkal, <strong>Creative</strong> Robotics, <strong>the</strong> University<br />

of Arts and Design, L<strong>in</strong>z as education<br />

providers, and Beckhoff as technology<br />

providers, Festival X can fur<strong>the</strong>r position <strong>the</strong><br />

progressive city of Dubai as <strong>the</strong> epicenter<br />

Festival X is<br />

to become an<br />

annual event,<br />

with a different<br />

<strong>the</strong>me each year<br />

address<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

relevant global<br />

issue.<br />

of creative tech <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region.<br />

Niousha Ehsan, Chief Energy Officer of<br />

LINKVIVA stated: “We’re delighted to<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r some of <strong>the</strong> best leaders<br />

and researchers <strong>in</strong> creative cod<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

art, and we hope it plays a part <strong>in</strong> driv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Dubai’s cont<strong>in</strong>ual vision for <strong>in</strong>novation and<br />

collaboration”<br />

In addition to provid<strong>in</strong>g a platform that<br />

engages and cultivates <strong>the</strong> creative<br />

community <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region, <strong>the</strong> vision for<br />

Festival X is to become an annual event,<br />

with a different <strong>the</strong>me each year, to<br />

address a relevant global issue and form a<br />

community that can implement its <strong>in</strong>fluence<br />

through its creations to serve as potential<br />

solutions.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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ARTIST STORIES | INSPIRE & EMPOWER<br />

Graffiti Art<br />

By Seaty<br />

20 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


Meet <strong>the</strong><br />

urban artist<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Heart and<br />

Soul to<br />

street art.<br />

“I like to create portraits of different cultures,<br />

countries, or religions,” says Seaty<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Orig<strong>in</strong>ally from <strong>the</strong> south of France,<br />

Seaty has won a prom<strong>in</strong>ent place<br />

among <strong>the</strong> most emblematic<br />

artists of contemporary art of<br />

<strong>the</strong> 21st century. And for a good reason,<br />

<strong>the</strong> artist has never stopped re<strong>in</strong>vent<strong>in</strong>g<br />

himself, evolv<strong>in</strong>g, and trad<strong>in</strong>g wild graffiti<br />

from <strong>the</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of his career for works<br />

exhibited around <strong>the</strong> world now. Back on<br />

<strong>the</strong> it<strong>in</strong>erary of a mysterious street artist<br />

known for his unique signature.<br />

From an early age, Seaty was shaken<br />

by urban <strong>in</strong>fluence by <strong>the</strong> permissive era<br />

of <strong>the</strong> 1990s, oscillat<strong>in</strong>g between hip-hop<br />

music and <strong>the</strong> advent of street graffiti. His<br />

art follows from his passion for this musical<br />

current. When he was a teenager, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

2000s, <strong>the</strong> streets <strong>in</strong>spired him to establish<br />

his own creative playground through <strong>the</strong><br />

urban artwork he produced throughout<br />

<strong>the</strong> city. With this somewhat vandalistic<br />

form of expression, it was <strong>in</strong> 2008 that <strong>the</strong><br />

self-taught artist decided to give a new<br />

turn<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t to his art. He <strong>the</strong>n devoted<br />

all his time to it as a s<strong>in</strong>gle rider, whose<br />

goal was to share his artistic prism with <strong>the</strong><br />

world. The hobby became his work and his<br />

creations range from rural walls to canvas.<br />

It would have taken Seaty very little time to<br />

be <strong>in</strong>ducted as a contemporary artist with<br />

aficionados of this coveted sphere.<br />

Over <strong>the</strong> last 20 years, <strong>the</strong> artist, whose<br />

stage name “Seaty” is <strong>the</strong> homophone<br />

of “city”—a tribute to <strong>the</strong> genesis of<br />

his career—has forged a recognizable<br />

signature marked by a hybrid style, divided<br />

between realism and abstraction. That<br />

is all his strength! Comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g genres<br />

brilliantly and creat<strong>in</strong>g a unique work that<br />

is both melancholic and colorful, like an<br />

<strong>in</strong>telligent mix with pop-art accents. In <strong>the</strong><br />

breadth of his creativity, <strong>the</strong>re is a constant<br />

work process. A black and white portrait<br />

of confus<strong>in</strong>g realism, enhanced with an<br />

explosion of bright colors, a nod to <strong>the</strong><br />

urban connotation dear to <strong>the</strong> artist. To<br />

conceptualize his large-format portraits,<br />

Seaty directs his research on faces with<br />

strong looks, from different ethnicities,<br />

tribes, and cultures.<br />

“I like to create portraits of different<br />

cultures, countries, or religions. My portraits<br />

are very often <strong>in</strong> black and white, and I add<br />

a touch of color with tags, graffiti, and drips<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>iscent of urban graffiti and street art,”<br />

Seaty fur<strong>the</strong>r expla<strong>in</strong>s.<br />

Inspired by his many travels, <strong>the</strong><br />

objective is to create a unique portrait, itself<br />

composed of several portraits.<br />

Seaty expresses that <strong>the</strong> reason he loves<br />

his art form is, “to make people understand<br />

that urban art can br<strong>in</strong>g joy, excitement,<br />

and color to our lives and make us travel for<br />

a moment.”<br />

It has been more than a year s<strong>in</strong>ce he<br />

set up his workshop <strong>in</strong> Dubai to create<br />

new works that will be exhibited around <strong>the</strong><br />

world.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

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SPECIAL FEATURE<br />

10 Best restaurants for<br />

Art Enthusiasts<br />

Look<strong>in</strong>g to comb<strong>in</strong>e your love for art with f<strong>in</strong>e d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g? Here are <strong>the</strong> top<br />

restaurants <strong>in</strong> UAE that double up as d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and art galleries. Check out <strong>the</strong>se<br />

cultural hotspots to satisfy your need for knowledge.<br />

FOUQUET’S ABU DHABI<br />

The world-renowned Fouquet’s restaurant has opened at <strong>the</strong> Louvre Art Museum <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi, provid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

most ref<strong>in</strong>ed French brasserie d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE. The new restaurant, Fouquet’s, is known for its<br />

l<strong>in</strong>ks to <strong>the</strong> worlds of art, film, and culture. A new menu, designed <strong>in</strong> collaboration with renowned Michel<strong>in</strong>starred<br />

French chef Pierre Gagnaire, will champion <strong>the</strong> established traditions of classic French cuis<strong>in</strong>e with a<br />

range of Fouquet’s signature dishes. With <strong>the</strong> majestic sett<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong> Louvre Abu Dhabi, <strong>the</strong>se two emblematic<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutions elevate <strong>the</strong> art of hospitality to <strong>the</strong> rank of major art.<br />

Art House Café Abu Dhabi<br />

Established <strong>in</strong> 2014, <strong>the</strong> Art House Cafe is located next door to <strong>the</strong> Etihad Modern Art Gallery. The cafe was<br />

built by us<strong>in</strong>g waste products, such as upcycled furniture and o<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong>terior design, to create art. The décor is<br />

environmentally friendly with glass bottles as light fixtures and couches made from wooden palettes, with <strong>the</strong><br />

menu good for any time of day. It is a great place to relax and get your creative juices flow<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

22 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


165 Below - Andaz<br />

The recently renovated Andaz Capital Gate hotel has <strong>in</strong>troduced 165 Below gallery with space big enough<br />

to exhibit 70 artworks. Themed d<strong>in</strong>ners, work<strong>in</strong>g lunches, and creative events are all imbibed with heritage<br />

touches and cultural mash-ups. The light-filled, airy space located <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> lobby of <strong>the</strong> hotel is both a d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g spot<br />

and a gallery, with <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g art-<strong>the</strong>med events always planned.<br />

Museum Café & Art Lounge<br />

With scenic views of <strong>the</strong> sea and skyl<strong>in</strong>e, The Museum Café with a rooftop lounge, is part of <strong>the</strong> Jean Nouveldesigned<br />

Louvre Abu Dhabi. The café fuses highbrow art and architecture with <strong>the</strong> natural beauty of <strong>the</strong><br />

landscape. Loose yourself with a relax<strong>in</strong>g d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience that blends dist<strong>in</strong>ct Emirati and European flavours.<br />

XVA Cafe<br />

The XVA Art Hotel, located <strong>in</strong> Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, has 14 <strong>in</strong>dividually designed rooms that<br />

showcase <strong>the</strong> area’s architectural and cultural heritage. The museum is <strong>in</strong>ternationally renowned for its<br />

art collection, and <strong>the</strong> restaurant is widely respected for its cul<strong>in</strong>ary excellence. The gallery’s collection of<br />

contemporary art from <strong>the</strong> Arab world, India, and Iran is very diverse, mak<strong>in</strong>g it one of <strong>the</strong> best cafes <strong>in</strong> Dubai.<br />

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Larte<br />

LARTE is a restaurant with a contemporary Italian design, cul<strong>in</strong>ary creativity, and artistic expression all rolled<br />

<strong>in</strong>to one. This spot has an outdoor terrace with delicious Italian food and art on <strong>the</strong> walls from local artists to<br />

<strong>the</strong> popular pop art style gorilla sculptures by French artist Richard Orl<strong>in</strong>ski. It’s a great place to refuel before<br />

tour<strong>in</strong>g any exhibitions at Manarat Al Saadiyat.<br />

MINA Brasserie<br />

With a fun and dynamic space for both private d<strong>in</strong>ers and larger groups to graze on delicious shar<strong>in</strong>g plates<br />

from morn<strong>in</strong>g until night, MINA Brasserie is a modern, bustl<strong>in</strong>g brasserie for breakfast, lunch, and d<strong>in</strong>ner. In<br />

partnership with award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g celebrity chef Michael M<strong>in</strong>a, <strong>the</strong> air-conditioned outdoor terrace is alive with<br />

lounge seat<strong>in</strong>g, lush green trees, and <strong>the</strong> gleam<strong>in</strong>g golden bar of MINA Brasserie features a collection of<br />

classics, with an emphasis on traditional aperitifs.<br />

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SPECIAL FEATURE<br />

Bistro Des Arts Dubai<br />

Bistro des Arts is a qu<strong>in</strong>tessential 1970s Parisian bistro overlook<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> waters of Dubai Mar<strong>in</strong>a, serv<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

repertoire of classic “Terroir” French home-style food with a rustic French décor and a garden-vibe terrace. The<br />

restaurant offers a Parisian bistro-style fare from breakfast through to late-night supper. Guests can choose from<br />

a well-curated w<strong>in</strong>e list, a raw seafood bar, and freshly baked bread and pastries, all served <strong>in</strong> a laid-back,<br />

casual-style environment.<br />

La Cant<strong>in</strong>e Du Faubourg<br />

La Cant<strong>in</strong>e du Fauborg at Jumeirah Emirates Towers <strong>in</strong> downtown Dubai is a French f<strong>in</strong>e d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g restaurant<br />

under <strong>in</strong>timate pergolas <strong>in</strong> a lush garden terrace. Created by Paris based artist and sculptors Pierre Pirajean<br />

and Helena Paraboschi, this restaurant is clearly here to make a statement. Elegant yet simple, it is an<br />

effortlessly chic d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g option <strong>in</strong> Dubai’s f<strong>in</strong>ancial district. The menu is classic French cook<strong>in</strong>g with a blend of<br />

<strong>the</strong> rustic food of <strong>the</strong> countryside and <strong>the</strong> high-class cuis<strong>in</strong>e of <strong>the</strong> cities.<br />

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ARTIST STORIES | INSPIRE & EMPOWER<br />

AI Generated Art<br />

By Hassan Ragab<br />

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Reimag<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Art us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence.<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

“My ma<strong>in</strong> current focus is to understand how AI<br />

text to image/video works through <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

architectural elements,” says Hassan<br />

“It gives me a free<br />

doma<strong>in</strong> to visualize<br />

my ideas <strong>in</strong> such a<br />

unique way” says<br />

Hassan<br />

Hassan is an Egyptian<br />

<strong>in</strong>terdiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary designer/artist<br />

based <strong>in</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>rn California.<br />

He holds a bachelor’s degree <strong>in</strong><br />

architectural design and his experiences<br />

vary between Museography, Exhibition<br />

design, Computational design, Furniture<br />

design, Architecture and Construction,<br />

Digital Fabrication, and Conceptual art.<br />

Alongside his work as a computational<br />

designer; Hassan is currently explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

digital art scene us<strong>in</strong>g artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence.<br />

Hassan believes creativity is such an<br />

<strong>in</strong>tangible phenomenon that one can’t just<br />

p<strong>in</strong>po<strong>in</strong>t a holistic def<strong>in</strong>ition. As human<br />

be<strong>in</strong>gs we have always managed to<br />

overcome our limitations with <strong>the</strong> help<br />

of <strong>the</strong> tools we make; through an <strong>in</strong>itial<br />

understand<strong>in</strong>g of cause and effect we<br />

managed to take pre-exist<strong>in</strong>g elements,<br />

and comb<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong> novel ways, thus<br />

unconsciously mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> ‘whole more<br />

than <strong>the</strong> sum of its parts. ‘So, one could<br />

argue that creativity is only a process of a<br />

parametric copy-paste; where new ideas<br />

are <strong>the</strong> process of mak<strong>in</strong>g mean<strong>in</strong>gful<br />

connections of what already existed.<br />

Hassan’s venture <strong>in</strong>to ai-generated art<br />

has been a fruitful one. Hassan fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

expresses that over <strong>the</strong> past summer,<br />

new Ai diffusion models have become<br />

accessible to <strong>the</strong> public. And while us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

AI tools <strong>in</strong> creat<strong>in</strong>g artwork is caus<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

huge debate over au<strong>the</strong>nticity, ownership,<br />

and what it means to be an artist; Hassan<br />

believes <strong>the</strong>se tools are here to stay as<br />

<strong>the</strong>y present <strong>the</strong> creatives with <strong>the</strong> unique<br />

opportunity to be able to generate artwork<br />

<strong>in</strong> such an unprecedented method, speed,<br />

and context.<br />

“My ma<strong>in</strong> current focus is to understand<br />

how AI text to image/video works through<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g architectural elements. Be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

an architect, I am often very busy to be<br />

able to generate artwork. But us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se<br />

tools not only allows me to make artwork<br />

much quicker than any o<strong>the</strong>r tool, but<br />

most importantly it gives me a free doma<strong>in</strong><br />

to visualize my ideas <strong>in</strong> such a unique<br />

way, away from <strong>the</strong> usual architectural<br />

constra<strong>in</strong>ts that I deal with on a daily basis,”<br />

says Hassan.<br />

Hassan’s artworks usually <strong>in</strong>vestigate<br />

<strong>the</strong> mix between architecture, <strong>in</strong>tangible<br />

culture, and visual art<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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ART VS DESIGN<br />

Art VS Design:<br />

A Recurrent Debate<br />

The concept of “art” dates back<br />

to <strong>the</strong> very first cave pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

composed by <strong>the</strong> very first human<br />

be<strong>in</strong>gs. But, is design as old as art?<br />

Or is design someth<strong>in</strong>g else entirely, that<br />

we, as be<strong>in</strong>gs of <strong>the</strong> 22nd century, employ<br />

to achieve our newer and grander ambitions<br />

as a species? Let’s truly try and f<strong>in</strong>d an<br />

answer to <strong>the</strong> decade-old comparison of art<br />

versus design.<br />

Before we discuss, if you were to spend any<br />

amount of time with professional designers<br />

with <strong>the</strong> perspective of equat<strong>in</strong>g art with<br />

design, you will hear some bold statements<br />

that will allow this article to set a tone of <strong>the</strong><br />

expectations: Design is not art. The design<br />

has to function; Art is meant to provoke<br />

thought and emotions, but it doesn’t solve<br />

problems. Artists primarily work off <strong>in</strong>st<strong>in</strong>ct,<br />

whereas designers employ a methodical,<br />

data-driven process.<br />

This often leads <strong>the</strong> art vs. design<br />

discussion to deteriorate <strong>in</strong>to rants,<br />

and productive conversations become<br />

impossible. What’s go<strong>in</strong>g on? Why have art<br />

and design been pitted aga<strong>in</strong>st each o<strong>the</strong>r,<br />

and why are designers so adamant that<br />

design cannot be art?<br />

Both requires creativity, and is creativity<br />

<strong>the</strong> ability to create someth<strong>in</strong>g aes<strong>the</strong>tically<br />

pleas<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> eye or someth<strong>in</strong>g that is<br />

functional and aids <strong>in</strong> solv<strong>in</strong>g someth<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

or is it both? The fact that art encompasses<br />

many creative discipl<strong>in</strong>es leads to <strong>the</strong> idea<br />

of design be<strong>in</strong>g a facet of art. While <strong>in</strong> some<br />

cases, <strong>the</strong> concepts of art and design<br />

<strong>in</strong>tersect, this debate can be seen through<br />

three dist<strong>in</strong>ct lenses. One is that design<br />

is art. Second, that design and art are on<br />

<strong>the</strong> opposite side of <strong>the</strong> spectrum. F<strong>in</strong>ally,<br />

both art and design are testaments to be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

creative. While one gives a way to express<br />

oneself, <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r has <strong>the</strong> ability to solve<br />

problems that def<strong>in</strong>e our daily lives <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

modern world.<br />

But, this does not establish <strong>the</strong><br />

conversation’s victor, nor is it enough to<br />

satisfy our curiosity. Hence, we look at<br />

function and form, as two sides of <strong>the</strong><br />

same co<strong>in</strong>, and oftentimes, objects that<br />

we hold dear <strong>in</strong> our lives are cases of<br />

<strong>the</strong>se two elements merged as one. For<br />

<strong>in</strong>stance, <strong>the</strong> Glaswegian architect, artist,<br />

and designer Charles Rennie Mack<strong>in</strong>tosh<br />

was one of <strong>the</strong> first proponents of <strong>in</strong>tegrated<br />

art architecture. He believed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> pure<br />

<strong>in</strong>tegration of form and function and sought<br />

throughout his career to br<strong>in</strong>g forward <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>ory of “<strong>the</strong> room as a work of art.” Frank<br />

Lloyd Wright believed so strongly <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

unity of form and function that he changed<br />

<strong>the</strong> oft-misunderstood axiom, “form follows<br />

function” co<strong>in</strong>ed by his mentor Louis<br />

Sullivan to read, “form and function are<br />

one.” His plan for <strong>the</strong> Guggenheim “…was<br />

to make <strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs a<br />

beautiful symphony such as never existed<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of Art before.”<br />

A designer has to ensure that <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>al<br />

product <strong>the</strong>y place on <strong>the</strong> market serves<br />

<strong>the</strong> function it was designed to do, while<br />

an artist shares <strong>the</strong>ir perspective through<br />

a medley of colors. Art serves a grander<br />

purpose <strong>in</strong> allow<strong>in</strong>g us to enjoy creativity<br />

through artists. Great design, <strong>in</strong> many<br />

ways, is part science, part process, and<br />

part practical solution with a spr<strong>in</strong>kle of<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tics that makes it visually pleas<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

When you focus on <strong>in</strong>dividual motivations,<br />

artists make art for <strong>the</strong>mselves, but<br />

designers make th<strong>in</strong>gs for o<strong>the</strong>r people.<br />

While artists depend on <strong>the</strong>ir audience<br />

for approval and praise, designers rely on<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir audience to confirm understand<strong>in</strong>g or<br />

usability. Could this aes<strong>the</strong>tic part of design<br />

be enough to call it art? Maybe when <strong>the</strong><br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tics of a product does not dim<strong>in</strong>ish<br />

its function, we achieve <strong>the</strong> right saturation<br />

po<strong>in</strong>ts where we can say that design is art<br />

and art is design.<br />

Art is <strong>the</strong> ability to express one’s feel<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

and emotions. Design is <strong>the</strong> process that<br />

allows for someth<strong>in</strong>g on paper to improve<br />

your daily life. The two concepts need<br />

not exist <strong>in</strong> a vacuum. Design imparts<br />

<strong>the</strong> much-needed importance of be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

practical, and art imparts <strong>the</strong> visual appeal<br />

that makes us desire <strong>the</strong> object.<br />

F<strong>in</strong>ally, <strong>the</strong> conversation of art vs. design<br />

does not end with <strong>the</strong>se words. Ra<strong>the</strong>r, we<br />

have tried to break through <strong>the</strong> mist that<br />

surrounds <strong>the</strong> conversation and hopefully<br />

po<strong>in</strong>t out some key understand<strong>in</strong>gs that can<br />

help you make a better case <strong>the</strong> next time<br />

you have a chat about this with your artsy<br />

or designer friend. Maybe <strong>the</strong>n, you might<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong> true w<strong>in</strong>ner of this matchup, or f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

that <strong>the</strong>se two concepts are rules of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

doma<strong>in</strong>, and <strong>the</strong>re is no need for <strong>the</strong>m to be<br />

opposite sides.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

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EVENT COVERAGE<br />

Art Beyond Boundaries:<br />

Spread<strong>in</strong>g Awareness about Breast Cancer<br />

When wielded with noble<br />

<strong>in</strong>tention, art leads to beautiful<br />

moments that warm <strong>the</strong><br />

hearts of its onlookers. This<br />

essence was recently captured by a virtual<br />

art exhibition, Art Beyond Boundaries,<br />

that championed <strong>the</strong> cause of Spread<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Awareness About Breast Cancer.<br />

Art Beyond Boundaries stands for a key<br />

aspect of <strong>the</strong> decade that saw <strong>the</strong> most<br />

significant technological development.<br />

One of its examples is virtual meet<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

that enable virtual exhibitions that largely<br />

remove <strong>the</strong> usual boundaries of be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

geographically isolated and any o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

physical barrier that limits participation<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternationally.<br />

The exhibition, which was held virtually,<br />

strived to create awareness about <strong>the</strong><br />

benefits of be<strong>in</strong>g m<strong>in</strong>dful of one’s health,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> physical and mental strength and<br />

perseverance shown by survivors. These<br />

stories told through thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

imagery and colors emanate confidence<br />

and belief <strong>in</strong> defeat<strong>in</strong>g one of <strong>the</strong> greatest<br />

diseases that ail <strong>the</strong> human species.<br />

Art offers a fresh perspective on societal<br />

concerns and <strong>the</strong> exchange of ideas<br />

among artists, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g new methods for<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir imag<strong>in</strong>ations to <strong>the</strong> canvas.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> end, art is capable of chang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

perceptions and attitudes alike.<br />

Art Beyond Boundaries featured 16<br />

artists and 40 pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. New and young<br />

artists such as Aathira P.S., Anabia<br />

Jamshed, Anita Prsic, Ayla Abutalib,<br />

Eeman Zubair Shaikh, Leena Kewlani, Lea<br />

Machaalany, Mantosh Bhattacharya, Mona<br />

Moheb, Neha Shailender, Renuka Chellani,<br />

Savita Malik, Sana Waqar, Sana Zafar,<br />

Sheikh Saifi, and Teena Thawani found a<br />

platform that appreciated <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>tricate and<br />

thought-full approach to art as a medium for<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g awareness.<br />

The exhibit showcased <strong>the</strong> work of both<br />

emerg<strong>in</strong>g and seasoned artists, convey<strong>in</strong>g<br />

how <strong>the</strong>y are work<strong>in</strong>g towards a path of<br />

<strong>in</strong>ner happ<strong>in</strong>ess that reflects <strong>in</strong> our outer<br />

world.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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WINTER GETAWAYS<br />

Top 5 holiday dest<strong>in</strong>ations to<br />

explore this w<strong>in</strong>ter<br />

Bahia Beach,<br />

Puerto Rico<br />

Puerto Rico is a location where<br />

<strong>the</strong> old world meets <strong>the</strong> modern<br />

on a small island that provides an<br />

enormous abundance of one-ofa-k<strong>in</strong>d<br />

experiences. A sun-kissed<br />

Caribbean paradise with a rich<br />

history and culture, amaz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

gastronomy, gorgeous beaches,<br />

breathtak<strong>in</strong>g mounta<strong>in</strong>s, leisure,<br />

and adventure.<br />

Lake Placid,<br />

New York<br />

Lake Placid sh<strong>in</strong>es <strong>in</strong> spr<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

summer, and autumn, with<br />

gorgeous hik<strong>in</strong>g, Ma<strong>in</strong> Street<br />

shopp<strong>in</strong>g and eat<strong>in</strong>g, stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

fall foliage, and easy access to<br />

Adirondack Park’s breathtak<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

untouched beauty—6.1 million<br />

acres of trails, rivers, streams,<br />

animal habitat, and more.<br />

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Raton, New<br />

Mexico<br />

Raton is home to <strong>the</strong> Historic<br />

Shuler Theater, which hosts<br />

a year-round perform<strong>in</strong>g arts<br />

season, <strong>the</strong> Old Pass Gallery,<br />

where local artists show <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

work, and <strong>the</strong> Raton Museum,<br />

which preserves <strong>the</strong> city’s<br />

heritage. One should def<strong>in</strong>itely<br />

go explore everyth<strong>in</strong>g Raton<br />

has to offer!<br />

WINTER GETAWAYS<br />

The Dolomites,<br />

Italy<br />

The Dolomites have<br />

evolved <strong>in</strong>to a great outdoor<br />

playground for visitors. Hik<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

climb<strong>in</strong>g via ferrata, rock<br />

climb<strong>in</strong>g, mounta<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g, road<br />

and mounta<strong>in</strong> bik<strong>in</strong>g, base<br />

jump<strong>in</strong>g, paraglid<strong>in</strong>g, and hang<br />

glid<strong>in</strong>g are all popular activities<br />

throughout <strong>the</strong> summer, as well<br />

as spr<strong>in</strong>g and early fall.<br />

Stowe,<br />

Vermont<br />

Stowe Mounta<strong>in</strong> Resort offers<br />

ski<strong>in</strong>g and snowboard<strong>in</strong>g routes <strong>in</strong><br />

Mansfield, and <strong>the</strong> resort’s ZipTour<br />

Adventure, Gondola SkyRide, and<br />

Auto Toll Road give beautiful views<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Stowe valley <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> summer.<br />

There are various lovely treks <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

region, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g over 45 routes.<br />

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ARTIST IN FOCUS<br />

A Journey of<br />

Redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Mediums<br />

of Art<br />

“I always hear<br />

comments from fellow<br />

artists that my style is<br />

very unique.”<br />

says Sarah<br />

“It just comes this way for me. I go with <strong>the</strong> flow as<br />

if I’m hold<strong>in</strong>g a brush and just pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g” says Sarah.<br />

A visual artist from Egypt liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Dubai<br />

with a bachelor’s degree <strong>in</strong> f<strong>in</strong>e arts (Mural<br />

Art Major, Alexandria University), Sarah<br />

Shoushan has been creat<strong>in</strong>g mosaics out of<br />

glass for over ten years.<br />

Her preferred art form is sta<strong>in</strong>ed glass.<br />

Sara uses glass to draw. She does both<br />

huge and t<strong>in</strong>y mosaic artworks, as well as<br />

cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge and one-of-a-k<strong>in</strong>d furniture.<br />

She participated <strong>in</strong> several national and<br />

local group exhibitions, both <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

and local, like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and <strong>the</strong><br />

United Arab Emirates.<br />

Sarah has a unique mosaic style that<br />

doesn’t adhere to any rules when she cuts<br />

and assembles her pieces. Sarah says, “I<br />

always hear comments from fellow artists<br />

that my style is very unique. It just comes<br />

this way for me. I go with <strong>the</strong> flow as if I’m<br />

hold<strong>in</strong>g a brush and just pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. “ This<br />

journey wasn’t simple because, <strong>in</strong> her f<strong>in</strong>e<br />

arts studies at university, she was expected<br />

to follow <strong>the</strong> rules and she tried her best to<br />

do so. “But I always fell back <strong>in</strong>to my ways,<br />

or actually my zone where I f<strong>in</strong>d my utmost<br />

happ<strong>in</strong>ess and <strong>the</strong> results never disappo<strong>in</strong>t<br />

because that’s what I had <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d,” Sarah<br />

expresses.<br />

When Sarah notices <strong>the</strong> viewers’ <strong>in</strong>terest<br />

and gets asked how she created her<br />

pieces, what materials she used, and<br />

how; she is reassured that her<br />

message has been effectively<br />

conveyed. One of her greatest<br />

accomplishments is when<br />

her artwork gets mistaken for<br />

a pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g from afar. S<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

her work is typically made<br />

up of hundreds, sometimes<br />

thousands, of t<strong>in</strong>y pieces that are<br />

assembled to form <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>al<br />

artwork, viewers can<br />

only dist<strong>in</strong>guish it<br />

once <strong>the</strong>y close;<br />

she thrives on<br />

that element of<br />

surprise.<br />

Sarah is currently<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g on a new series that she has<br />

always wanted to create but was always<br />

sidetracked by o<strong>the</strong>r tasks. It was <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

by her work ‘<strong>the</strong> World Through Their Eyes,’<br />

“where I had put toge<strong>the</strong>r a collage of<br />

children’s little draw<strong>in</strong>gs that were made by<br />

my students when I used to teach art back<br />

<strong>in</strong> my home country, Egypt.” <strong>in</strong>forms Sarah.<br />

The mural that she still holds dearest<br />

to her heart was <strong>the</strong>n created by her<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g a collage made of several types<br />

of sta<strong>in</strong>ed glass. By <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

t<strong>in</strong>y fragments of <strong>the</strong> kids’ <strong>in</strong>dividual<br />

artwork <strong>in</strong>to glass mosaics, she is<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> project to a close.<br />

32 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


A pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g worth a<br />

million words<br />

“My work is a constant search for <strong>the</strong> best way<br />

to <strong>in</strong>terpret <strong>the</strong> ideas that I have about <strong>the</strong> world<br />

and myself that I live <strong>in</strong>. I do not limit myself to one<br />

medium, style, or concept,” says Samia.<br />

Samia Saleh is an <strong>in</strong>ternationally licensed<br />

tra<strong>in</strong>er and an artist from Egypt. Her journey<br />

as an artist began when she was pulled<br />

out of fourth grade, and entered an art<br />

<strong>in</strong>terschool competition where she won first<br />

place. She became well-known for fus<strong>in</strong>g<br />

realistic portraiture with abstract art. Samia<br />

expla<strong>in</strong>s that “as a child, I grew up <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

by my fa<strong>the</strong>r’s photography talent. The<br />

physicality of photography, paired with <strong>the</strong><br />

illusion of draw<strong>in</strong>g and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, both charm<br />

<strong>the</strong> eye <strong>in</strong>to believ<strong>in</strong>g. “ She is actively<br />

<strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> arts and fosters creativity<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> neighborhood through her work <strong>in</strong><br />

art studios and educational <strong>in</strong>itiatives. In<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE, Samia’s artwork has been widely<br />

displayed.<br />

“Without <strong>the</strong> ability to actualize an idea or<br />

concept, art would not exist. My work is a<br />

constant search for <strong>the</strong> best way to <strong>in</strong>terpret<br />

<strong>the</strong> ideas that I have about <strong>the</strong> world and<br />

myself that I live <strong>in</strong>. I do not limit myself to<br />

one medium, style, or concept,”<br />

Samia says. She firmly<br />

believes <strong>in</strong>spiration and<br />

ideas change, and even<br />

knowledge changes.<br />

Samia prefers to create<br />

her art piece us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

impression style and<br />

different mediums on<br />

different surfaces (canvas,<br />

glass, wood) as long<br />

as it will help <strong>in</strong><br />

convey<strong>in</strong>g her<br />

idea to her<br />

audience.<br />

“I believe<br />

that any<br />

artist<br />

can draw but not all artists can reflect <strong>the</strong><br />

emotions and feel<strong>in</strong>g through <strong>the</strong>ir piece of<br />

art. Feel<strong>in</strong>gs, emotions and techniques are<br />

<strong>the</strong> important tools for any creative artist,”<br />

says Samia.<br />

She expla<strong>in</strong>s <strong>the</strong> idea that form does not<br />

necessarily need function, but also likes <strong>the</strong><br />

idea that function has to work with form and<br />

form has to work with function. If a viewer<br />

stops for just a moment to view and reflect<br />

on a piece she has created, <strong>the</strong>n she<br />

believes she has succeeded <strong>in</strong> her work.<br />

She has taken part <strong>in</strong> various exhibitions<br />

and has also taken on <strong>the</strong> role of a judge<br />

for competitions. S<strong>in</strong>ce 2010, Samia has<br />

organized exhibitions, with <strong>the</strong> most notable<br />

one be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> three-year-long M<strong>in</strong>istry of<br />

Culture show entitled Our Emirates Union.<br />

She was also <strong>the</strong> first artist to plan a live<br />

art exhibit <strong>in</strong> Al A<strong>in</strong> for both <strong>in</strong>dividuals and<br />

organizations.<br />

As part of Expo 2020 UAE, Saleh’s artwork<br />

was also on display at <strong>the</strong> United Nations<br />

Pavilion. It is planned to be added to<br />

<strong>the</strong> UN collection. Additionally, she<br />

has worked on numerous volunteer<br />

projects. Samia also taught art to<br />

children at <strong>the</strong> Sheikh Zayed Orphanage<br />

and supported <strong>the</strong>ir artistic abilities.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r project she worked on with<br />

<strong>the</strong> Al-Shamkha Municipality <strong>in</strong>volved<br />

beautify<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> gardens <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi.<br />

Samia is one of <strong>the</strong> artists who<br />

received a golden visa on<br />

<strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>istry of culture’s<br />

recommendation and<br />

won first place <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>2022</strong> Dubai Women’s<br />

Association Art<br />

Competition.<br />

“Today as an artist, educator, and curator,<br />

and team leader of group of artists, I believe<br />

knowledge of art should be important part<br />

of societies, because of that, I am try<strong>in</strong>g<br />

show<strong>in</strong>g this <strong>in</strong> my artwork and exhibitions,”<br />

Samia states.<br />

Her message to her students is usually to<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude art <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir life style, her message<br />

as a curator is to curate events and<br />

exhibitions that have message to effect <strong>in</strong><br />

our societies, s<strong>in</strong>ce we learned a lot about<br />

countries history because of art, before<br />

communication between people, <strong>the</strong>re is<br />

art.<br />

“Feel<strong>in</strong>gs, emotions<br />

and techniques are<br />

<strong>the</strong> important tools<br />

for any creative<br />

artist,” says Samia<br />

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33


The Relevance Of The<br />

Futurism Movement,<br />

Today<br />

34 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


Art rema<strong>in</strong>s a trustworthy avenue<br />

that enables groups, <strong>in</strong>dividuals,<br />

and ideas to communicate when<br />

words fall short. This simple truth<br />

has become all <strong>the</strong> more important <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

modern world, with so many places from<br />

which we humans receive and perceive<br />

<strong>in</strong>formation. So, how does <strong>the</strong> idea of<br />

Futurism help our society <strong>in</strong> forg<strong>in</strong>g a better<br />

path ahead?<br />

The Museo de Cera museum showcases<br />

<strong>the</strong> fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g history of <strong>the</strong> Madrid city.<br />

Spanish history and culture are heavily<br />

emphasized, and several homages are paid<br />

to <strong>the</strong> country’s illustrious football players.<br />

Although it has some iconic celebrity<br />

statues like one of Dwayne Johnson, its<br />

horror-<strong>the</strong>med attractions, like <strong>the</strong> Tra<strong>in</strong><br />

of Terror, are possibly its most well-known<br />

draw.<br />

Futurism is <strong>the</strong> focus placed on <strong>the</strong><br />

technical progress of <strong>the</strong> modern mach<strong>in</strong>e<br />

age which champions dynamism, speed,<br />

energy, vitality, and change. Created by<br />

<strong>the</strong> Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Mar<strong>in</strong>etti,<br />

<strong>the</strong> movement saw its ranks populated by<br />

young Italian creatives such as Umberto<br />

Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Luigi Russolo, G<strong>in</strong>o<br />

Sever<strong>in</strong>i, and Giacomo Balla. The core<br />

idea beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong> movement was to capture<br />

<strong>the</strong> change and <strong>the</strong> energy of a chang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

world. In <strong>the</strong> years 1900 to 1914, when this<br />

movement was active, new technologies<br />

had begun to make <strong>the</strong>ir first appearance<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> streets of <strong>the</strong> cities of Europe. This<br />

milestone <strong>in</strong> human history, <strong>the</strong> fruits of <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>dustrial revolution <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>the</strong> Futurists<br />

to create and embrace a new narrative;<br />

denounc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> past, and accept<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

future through <strong>in</strong>dustrial advancements and<br />

violence.<br />

By understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir motivations, <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> early 20th century one can realize that<br />

while <strong>the</strong>ir idea seemed to hold water, <strong>the</strong><br />

attributes that were associated with <strong>the</strong><br />

movement do not have a place <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 22nd<br />

century. The movement, suffered greatly<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> First World War, with numerous<br />

participants los<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir lives <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> conflict<br />

and <strong>the</strong> survivors understand<strong>in</strong>g that <strong>the</strong><br />

technology that <strong>the</strong>y championed played<br />

a key role <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> conflict and <strong>the</strong> loss of<br />

<strong>in</strong>numerable lives.<br />

This is where we shift gears and see<br />

how <strong>the</strong> Futurism movement can help<br />

<strong>in</strong> today’s world. The movement came<br />

to life when society was experienc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a vital change <strong>in</strong> life. Change is a vital<br />

component <strong>in</strong> usher<strong>in</strong>g development and<br />

new perspectives. The movement of Italy<br />

may perhaps have a th<strong>in</strong>g or two to teach<br />

us. For <strong>in</strong>stance, <strong>the</strong> importance placed on<br />

technology and mach<strong>in</strong>es to aid our day-today<br />

lives is an <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g parallel to how <strong>the</strong><br />

young artists of <strong>the</strong> movement envisioned<br />

<strong>the</strong> prevalence of mach<strong>in</strong>es <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g<br />

human civilization.<br />

The values of change, energy, and<br />

speed are some keywords that seem to<br />

lack <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> modern world. Stagnation <strong>in</strong> our<br />

development is a serious concern. Change<br />

is vital <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 22nd century, our perspectives<br />

and our beliefs are products of our change<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> past. By draw<strong>in</strong>g parallels with <strong>the</strong><br />

Futurism movement, could one ascerta<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> need for change <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> modern world?<br />

FUTURISM MOVEMENT<br />

But, we must not forget that <strong>the</strong><br />

movement did have darker and unsavory<br />

undertones that <strong>in</strong> no manner hold any<br />

relevance today. For <strong>in</strong>stance, <strong>the</strong> artists<br />

condoned violence and contempt for<br />

women. Their open support of fascism is<br />

a serious concern and <strong>the</strong> fact that <strong>the</strong><br />

Futurist manifesto believed parliamentary<br />

democracy to be a shackle is ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

talk<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t that renders <strong>the</strong> movement,<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> shortest ones <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> history of art.<br />

Futurism, as an art form rema<strong>in</strong>s on <strong>the</strong><br />

sidel<strong>in</strong>es, never truly forgotten. The strong,<br />

<strong>in</strong>-your-face l<strong>in</strong>es and color palette depicted<br />

<strong>the</strong> motion of objects have certa<strong>in</strong>ly been<br />

used <strong>in</strong> modern pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. The strange<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tics of <strong>the</strong> works of <strong>the</strong> Futurists is<br />

mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g, and <strong>the</strong> entropy one f<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>in</strong><br />

such artworks is <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g and curious for<br />

<strong>the</strong> modern generation of artists.<br />

F<strong>in</strong>ally, today, <strong>the</strong> movement though a<br />

permanent residence of art history, <strong>the</strong><br />

ideology rema<strong>in</strong>s fairly modern. Concepts<br />

of dramatic change and <strong>the</strong> implementation<br />

of violence are ideas that have been<br />

discarded, for <strong>the</strong>ir undertones have been<br />

identified which renders <strong>the</strong> movement a<br />

strictly, style of pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. Today, <strong>the</strong> Futurism<br />

movement rema<strong>in</strong>s an art style and noth<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

and stands to rem<strong>in</strong>d us of <strong>the</strong> need for<br />

change, but not <strong>the</strong> path one must take to<br />

achieve it.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

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ART NEWS<br />

ART NEWS<br />

Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> visual arts <strong>in</strong> GCC, The<br />

fourth forum to be hosted by UAE <strong>in</strong> December<br />

The GCC Visual Arts Forum’s fourth<br />

iteration will be held at Manarat<br />

Al Saadiyat <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi from<br />

December 20 to 25, organised by<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE and <strong>the</strong> GCC’s Secretariat General.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> GCC Cultural Strategy<br />

2020–2030, which was published on <strong>the</strong><br />

orders of <strong>the</strong> heads of state and m<strong>in</strong>isters<br />

of culture of <strong>the</strong> GCC countries, <strong>the</strong><br />

conference aims to promote <strong>the</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>ality<br />

of GCC artists.<br />

To encourage more knowledge and<br />

experience shar<strong>in</strong>g among <strong>the</strong> participants,<br />

<strong>the</strong> programme <strong>in</strong>cludes a number of<br />

technical courses, cultural trips, and<br />

network<strong>in</strong>g activities. The same location<br />

will host an additional art exhibition by a<br />

number of GCC artists through December<br />

30 that is motivated by <strong>the</strong> event’s tagl<strong>in</strong>e,<br />

“You and I, what and when?” The art<br />

exhibition will honor <strong>the</strong> top three entries<br />

<strong>in</strong> four categories, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g visual arts,<br />

traditional Arabic calligraphy, Arabic<br />

calligraphy letters, and photography, <strong>in</strong><br />

addition to provid<strong>in</strong>g a platform for <strong>the</strong><br />

artists.<br />

The UAE places significant priority on<br />

fund<strong>in</strong>g creative endeavours, accord<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

Noura b<strong>in</strong>t Mohammed Al Kaabi, M<strong>in</strong>ister of<br />

Art projects are<br />

essential to <strong>the</strong><br />

development<br />

and expansion<br />

of civilizations<br />

Culture and Youth.<br />

“Art projects are essential to <strong>the</strong><br />

development and expansion of civilizations,<br />

as well as to our own mental health. Such<br />

artistic endeavours help to create a fertile<br />

and supportive environment for o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

creations, “she cont<strong>in</strong>ued.<br />

If <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

exhibition, k<strong>in</strong>dly visit <strong>the</strong> UAE M<strong>in</strong>istry of<br />

Culture and Youth’s official website to know<br />

more. Only one artwork can be submitted<br />

by <strong>the</strong> participant, and <strong>the</strong> deadl<strong>in</strong>e for<br />

submission is <strong>November</strong> 21.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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37


ARTIST STORIES | INSPIRE & EMPOWER<br />

The Storyteller<br />

By Ismail Khayat<br />

38 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


The Art of Storytell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

“Over <strong>the</strong> years, I strove to tell different stories with my artworks” says Ismail.<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Ismail worked hard throughout <strong>the</strong> years<br />

to express various <strong>the</strong>mes through his<br />

artwork, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g stories about his<br />

early recollections, nature, <strong>the</strong> history<br />

of his people, and women’s rights. The<br />

establishment of a new school <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Middle<br />

East was <strong>the</strong> primary objective of his work;<br />

it was a milestone that was successfully<br />

atta<strong>in</strong>ed, and <strong>the</strong> effort put forth was well<br />

worth it. In practically every item he creates,<br />

he frequently displays his emotions and his<br />

outlook on life.<br />

“Over <strong>the</strong> years, I strove to tell different<br />

stories with my artworks; stories about my<br />

childhood memories, nature, <strong>the</strong> history<br />

of my people, and women’s rights. I often<br />

express my feel<strong>in</strong>gs and vision for life <strong>in</strong><br />

almost every piece I draw on,” says Ismail.<br />

He also discovers that he doesn’t worry<br />

too much about <strong>the</strong> materials he uses for<br />

his sketches, preferr<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>stead to use<br />

repurposed items like scrap wood, fabric,<br />

and stones. He makes his own papers<br />

primarily because he enjoys mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

“I often express my<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>gs and vision for<br />

life <strong>in</strong> almost every<br />

piece I draw on,” says<br />

Ismail.<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs appear dated. He primarily used<br />

watercolor, Ch<strong>in</strong>ese <strong>in</strong>k, pens, pencils, and<br />

organic materials for his draw<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

The majority of his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs are<br />

impressionistic and expressionistic, where<br />

he f<strong>in</strong>ds peace and harmony <strong>in</strong> nature and<br />

is <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> horrors committed aga<strong>in</strong>st<br />

<strong>the</strong> Kurds. Among <strong>the</strong> aforementioned are<br />

some examples of abstract and cubist art<br />

experiments he has worked on. He has<br />

devoted a portion of his artwork to masks,<br />

<strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r faces of <strong>the</strong>atre, as a gesture of<br />

admiration for his wife’s occupation as a<br />

<strong>the</strong>spian.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

39


SPECIAL DAYS<br />

International<br />

Men’s Day<br />

International Men’s Day (IMD) is an<br />

annual global celebration held <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>November</strong> to recognize and honor<br />

men’s cultural, political, and social<br />

achievements. The goals of an International<br />

Men’s Day are outl<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> ‘All The Six<br />

Pillars of International Men’s Day.’ It is an<br />

opportunity to commemorate <strong>the</strong> lives,<br />

achievements, and contributions of boys<br />

and men, particularly to <strong>the</strong> nation, union,<br />

society, community, family, marriage, and<br />

childcare. The event’s overarch<strong>in</strong>g goal is to<br />

raise basic knowledge of men’s concerns.<br />

So, every year on <strong>November</strong> 19th, more<br />

than 70 nations throughout <strong>the</strong> world,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> UAE, <strong>the</strong> United States,<br />

<strong>the</strong> United K<strong>in</strong>gdom, India, Australia,<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gapore, Canada, and Hungary,<br />

observe Men’s Day. The day is dedicated<br />

to all men throughout <strong>the</strong> world and is<br />

celebrated to address issues that should<br />

be acknowledged more frequently than<br />

<strong>the</strong>y are, such as toxic mascul<strong>in</strong>ity, male<br />

mental health difficulties, and gratitude.<br />

The day honors and promotes a good<br />

male image while also br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g to light <strong>the</strong><br />

various difficulties that men face <strong>in</strong> today’s<br />

environment.<br />

It’s past time to recognize <strong>the</strong> males <strong>in</strong><br />

our life! International Men’s Day allows all<br />

<strong>the</strong> ladies out <strong>the</strong>re to repay <strong>the</strong> love <strong>the</strong>y<br />

receive on Women’s Day from <strong>the</strong> men <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>ir life.<br />

While <strong>the</strong> goal cont<strong>in</strong>ues to raise<br />

awareness about <strong>the</strong>se concerns on a<br />

bigger scale, each of us can contribute<br />

to this global effort by beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g at home.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> greatest ways to celebrate this<br />

day is to surprise him with his favorite flavor<br />

cake. Cakes are available to commemorate<br />

unique occasions, such as <strong>the</strong> manhood of<br />

your bro<strong>the</strong>r, spouse, son, fa<strong>the</strong>r, boyfriend,<br />

or grandfa<strong>the</strong>r. See<strong>in</strong>g a bespoke cake will<br />

be one of <strong>the</strong>ir favorite comfort foods, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> very concept of celebrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m will<br />

make <strong>the</strong>m feel cherished.<br />

40 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


ART NEWS<br />

Louvre Abu Dhabi br<strong>in</strong>gs Impressionism<br />

to UAE<br />

Anew exhibition at <strong>the</strong> Louvre<br />

Abu Dhabi demonstrates how<br />

revolutionary <strong>the</strong> impressionists<br />

were—<strong>the</strong> outlaws of <strong>the</strong> 19thcentury<br />

art world.<br />

When a group of artists, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Claude<br />

Monet, Alfred Sisley, and Pierre-Auguste<br />

Renoir, left <strong>the</strong>ir studios to pa<strong>in</strong>t outside <strong>in</strong><br />

1860s France, work<strong>in</strong>g feverishly to capture<br />

<strong>the</strong> fleet<strong>in</strong>g nuances of light and color with<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir dabs and strokes, Impressionism was<br />

born. The phrase “<strong>the</strong> impressionists” was<br />

first used by art critic Louis Leroy, who<br />

claimed that Monet’s Impression, Sunrise<br />

was only a “sketch” and not a f<strong>in</strong>ished<br />

picture; <strong>the</strong>refore, not everyone was<br />

immediately enthralled.<br />

The pa<strong>in</strong>ters left <strong>the</strong>ir personal impr<strong>in</strong>t on<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir creations. They were more <strong>in</strong>terested<br />

<strong>in</strong> attempt<strong>in</strong>g to capture what <strong>the</strong>y saw<br />

as <strong>the</strong>y saw it than <strong>in</strong> creat<strong>in</strong>g realistic or<br />

objective depictions. The movement served<br />

as a catalyst for subjectivity and modernity<br />

and served as an example of artistic<br />

<strong>in</strong>dependence.<br />

The exhibit, titled “Impressionism:<br />

Pathways to Modernity,” which launches<br />

on Wednesday and runs through February,<br />

<strong>in</strong>cludes works of art from <strong>the</strong> Parisian<br />

Musee d’Orsay <strong>in</strong> addition to etch<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

costumes, videos, and photographs.<br />

The exhibition is organized by Dr. Souraya<br />

Noujaim, director of Scientific, Curatorial,<br />

and Collections Management at Louvre<br />

Abu Dhabi, with assistance from Sylvie<br />

Patry, chief curator and deputy director for<br />

Collections and Curatorial Affairs at Musee<br />

d’Orsay, and Stephane Guegan, scientific<br />

advisor to <strong>the</strong> president at Musee d’Orsay<br />

and Musee de l’Orangerie.<br />

The exhibition, which is organized roughly<br />

chronologically, takes viewers through <strong>the</strong><br />

impressionists’ earlier works to demonstrate<br />

what made <strong>the</strong>m so frighten<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 19th<br />

century and fur<strong>the</strong>r discuss how <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

Background that<br />

contributed to<br />

<strong>the</strong> rise of <strong>the</strong><br />

impressionists<br />

is established at<br />

<strong>the</strong> outset of <strong>the</strong><br />

exhibition.<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluence cont<strong>in</strong>ues now.<br />

The social and cultural background that<br />

contributed to <strong>the</strong> rise of <strong>the</strong> impressionists<br />

is established at <strong>the</strong> outset of <strong>the</strong> exhibition.<br />

It <strong>in</strong>cludes earlier works by Edouard Manet,<br />

a pioneer <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> change from realism to<br />

impressionism, and Monet.<br />

Impressionism, accord<strong>in</strong>g to Guegan,<br />

“was full of varied perspectives and fates.”<br />

Each pa<strong>in</strong>ter had a different objective and<br />

reacted differently to <strong>the</strong> environment.<br />

Some of history’s most fearless and creative<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ters adopted and espoused new ways<br />

of perceiv<strong>in</strong>g, creat<strong>in</strong>g art, and liv<strong>in</strong>g dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> Impressionist movement. Accord<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

<strong>the</strong> Louvre Abu Dhabi’s description of <strong>the</strong><br />

exhibition, <strong>the</strong>y “celebrated this fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g<br />

new reality, embody<strong>in</strong>g true views of nature<br />

and modern life.”<br />

The outcome was an art form that was<br />

genu<strong>in</strong>ely unique and dist<strong>in</strong>ct, free<br />

of academic or artistic precedent or<br />

convention, and whose radicalism, honesty,<br />

and boldness still serve as an <strong>in</strong>spiration to<br />

artists today.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

41


PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY ANKHURR CHAWAAK ON UNSPLASH<br />

42<br />

<strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

www.magzoid.com


SPECIAL DAYS<br />

World Television Day<br />

In modern times, <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternet may have connected us<br />

<strong>in</strong> ways we didn’t anticipate and perhaps couldn’t have<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ed. But television has always been available to<br />

amuse us with vibrant colors and sounds or to satiate<br />

our thirst for knowledge. For <strong>the</strong> first time, mov<strong>in</strong>g images from<br />

all over <strong>the</strong> world could be adequately projected <strong>in</strong>to ord<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

people’s homes, open<strong>in</strong>g up hi<strong>the</strong>rto unimag<strong>in</strong>able levels of<br />

access to knowledge and amusement. This <strong>in</strong>novation sparked<br />

such significant social and political transformation that it was<br />

decided to legally recognize <strong>the</strong> medium on a global level.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> 1990s, <strong>the</strong> UN hosted <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>augural World Television<br />

Forum, which is where <strong>the</strong> idea of World Television Day first<br />

emerged. Lead<strong>in</strong>g media professionals ga<strong>the</strong>red at <strong>the</strong> summit<br />

to discuss <strong>the</strong> ris<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>fluence of television on public op<strong>in</strong>ion<br />

and decision-mak<strong>in</strong>g regard<strong>in</strong>g global concerns of peace and<br />

security. It was declared <strong>November</strong> 21 as World Television Day <strong>in</strong><br />

1996, officially establish<strong>in</strong>g television as a medium. This choice<br />

was made <strong>in</strong> order to acknowledge <strong>the</strong> grow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>fluence that<br />

television has on decision-mak<strong>in</strong>g by draw<strong>in</strong>g attention to many<br />

conflicts and threats to global peace and security as well as by<br />

cover<strong>in</strong>g o<strong>the</strong>r significant subjects, such as economic and social<br />

difficulties.<br />

Major TV stations have previously banded toge<strong>the</strong>r on this day<br />

to broadcast odes to <strong>the</strong> value of television <strong>in</strong> people’s lives.<br />

The Globe Television Day <strong>the</strong>me for this year is recogniz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>fluence television has had on decision-mak<strong>in</strong>g by br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g<br />

conflicts, dangers, peace, and security to <strong>the</strong> attention of <strong>the</strong><br />

world. On <strong>the</strong> occasion of World Television Day, we should<br />

consider <strong>the</strong> ideology it stands for. We recall that television was<br />

<strong>the</strong>re <strong>in</strong>itially and prepared <strong>the</strong> path for what was to come on<br />

World Television Day.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

43


Is AI-Generated Art<br />

viewed as Real Art?<br />

44 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


The def<strong>in</strong>ition of art has seen a lot<br />

of changes. What was considered<br />

to be art a decade ago is now a<br />

compilation of numerous forms<br />

of creativity that come under <strong>the</strong> same<br />

umbrella. The burn<strong>in</strong>g question we ask<br />

ourselves is whe<strong>the</strong>r AI-generated art<br />

viewed as real art. Is it <strong>the</strong> future of art?<br />

In <strong>2022</strong>, <strong>the</strong> mass witnessed millions<br />

of images generated by l<strong>in</strong>es of code<br />

that have fueled <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ception of an<br />

entirely digital collectible market and an<br />

appreciation for <strong>the</strong> digital art form. But,<br />

when one slows down and takes a step<br />

back to look at where we are right now, <strong>the</strong><br />

question of <strong>the</strong> nature of such creativity<br />

comes to m<strong>in</strong>d. So, what is AI-Generated<br />

Art? Generative Art employs mach<strong>in</strong>e<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g and vision to generate images that<br />

are a product of images and texts given as<br />

<strong>in</strong>put by <strong>the</strong> creator.<br />

By def<strong>in</strong>ition, an artwork is an artifact<br />

made for <strong>the</strong> public to experience or<br />

an evolution of works that came before.<br />

This def<strong>in</strong>ition comes from <strong>the</strong> Stanford<br />

Encyclopedia of Philosophy and does<br />

very little to appease <strong>the</strong> philosophers and<br />

artists <strong>in</strong> our midst. These parties stand on<br />

opposite sides on <strong>the</strong> topic of <strong>the</strong> def<strong>in</strong>ition<br />

of art, for def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g someth<strong>in</strong>g that dances<br />

between be<strong>in</strong>g an abstract thought and a<br />

physical manifestation is difficult. When we<br />

strive to def<strong>in</strong>e art, it becomes anyth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that is developed out of <strong>the</strong> emotions,<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation, and skills of <strong>the</strong> artist.<br />

Apply<strong>in</strong>g this thought, AI-generated art<br />

is art. It <strong>in</strong>volves <strong>the</strong> skills of <strong>the</strong> creator<br />

to comb<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> right set of <strong>in</strong>puts (text) to<br />

generate <strong>the</strong> art that we love to see on our<br />

social media. Then, <strong>the</strong> imag<strong>in</strong>ation of <strong>the</strong><br />

user comes <strong>in</strong>to effect, which allows for <strong>the</strong><br />

generation of thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g renditions.<br />

The reluctance to accept AI-generated<br />

art as art may stem from <strong>the</strong> traditionally<br />

held perceptions of what art is. Artworks<br />

such as a draw<strong>in</strong>g of a flower or <strong>the</strong> portrait<br />

of Mona Lisa are part of <strong>the</strong> spectrum that<br />

a majority of <strong>the</strong> art community considers<br />

to be <strong>the</strong> boundary conditions of art. This<br />

creates a feel<strong>in</strong>g of hesitation when one is<br />

asked to accept m<strong>in</strong>d-bend<strong>in</strong>g, digitally<br />

generated art on a larger scale.<br />

Is this even art? What am I look<strong>in</strong>g at?<br />

What did <strong>the</strong> artist do here? What is “a work<br />

of art” anyway? And should we not maybe<br />

restrict <strong>the</strong> def<strong>in</strong>ition a bit? These questions<br />

have been asked by every generation, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> answer has always changed as time<br />

has gone by. When one beg<strong>in</strong>s to dabble<br />

with grander ideals of what art is and<br />

how ideas like art do not need a physical<br />

form, and that it can be immaterial; is<br />

when questions such as this article can be<br />

answered. For <strong>the</strong> answer does not exist <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> preconceived notion of art, but ra<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong><br />

what it can become.<br />

Today, when an algorithm composes an<br />

artistic rendition of a text, many arguments<br />

talk about how <strong>the</strong>re is an evident lack of<br />

<strong>the</strong> human touch <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> creation of art. For<br />

<strong>in</strong>stance, <strong>the</strong> developers who created such<br />

generative eng<strong>in</strong>es to develop art may very<br />

well be <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> dark about all <strong>the</strong> emotions<br />

or even <strong>the</strong> artistic creativity that traditional<br />

def<strong>in</strong>itions of an artist would have <strong>the</strong>m feel<br />

or know. But that is not true. Developers<br />

must understand <strong>the</strong> outcome of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

codes, and also realize how to achieve<br />

results that can go on to become <strong>the</strong> right<br />

tools to express one’s imag<strong>in</strong>ation.<br />

AI GENERATED ART<br />

Generative Art allows casual enthusiasts<br />

to dabble with <strong>the</strong>ir imag<strong>in</strong>ation and give<br />

birth to marvelous pieces of digital art.<br />

Art has always been about express<strong>in</strong>g<br />

what one feels like or th<strong>in</strong>ks about, and<br />

with <strong>the</strong> technology of artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence<br />

and mach<strong>in</strong>e learn<strong>in</strong>g, it has become a<br />

lot easier but has not lost its mean<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

<strong>the</strong> world. Now, it comes down to you, <strong>the</strong><br />

reader, to ascerta<strong>in</strong> if generative art can<br />

<strong>in</strong>deed be called real art. But before you<br />

decide, remember that new art forms will<br />

<strong>in</strong>evitably support <strong>the</strong> creation of works that<br />

embody <strong>the</strong>m, and that is how it has always<br />

been.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

45


INDIAN ARTIST<br />

Abstract Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

By Rajan Seth<br />

46 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


From <strong>the</strong> office<br />

desk to <strong>the</strong> studio,<br />

an artist thrives by<br />

follow<strong>in</strong>g his passion.<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

“I love abstract pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, luxury art, canvas<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, design<strong>in</strong>g new concepts, and work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with metallic colors like golds and silvers” says<br />

Rajan.<br />

Four years ago, Rajan Seth gave up<br />

a well-pay<strong>in</strong>g accountancy career<br />

to follow his artistic passion. The<br />

abstract artist based <strong>in</strong> London said<br />

that <strong>the</strong> decision to leave his career was not<br />

easy. Although <strong>the</strong> job is well-pay<strong>in</strong>g, he<br />

felt that it was not <strong>the</strong> best for him; he was<br />

always unhappy.<br />

He completed a three-year degree <strong>in</strong><br />

Economics at <strong>the</strong> University of Manchester<br />

and became an accountant, a career that<br />

gave him endless paperwork and stress.<br />

He felt a strong urge to follow his passion,<br />

urg<strong>in</strong>g him to make a decision that his<br />

parents were <strong>in</strong>itially skeptical about.<br />

His bro<strong>the</strong>r encouraged him to move<br />

on and give it a try. After all, if <strong>the</strong> worst<br />

happened, he could always go back to<br />

Accountancy. Luck was truly upon him<br />

as his artistic ambition flourished, and<br />

he has managed to complete over 200<br />

commissions by now.<br />

Rajan Seth has worked on commissions<br />

for celebrities, such as Fearne Cotton<br />

(Radio & News Presenter), Hugo Taylor<br />

from Made <strong>in</strong> Chelsea, Nick Pope (England<br />

Footballer), and Ashley Walters (Actor from<br />

Topboy). He has also collaborated with<br />

<strong>in</strong>terior designers <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> USA, Canada,<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gapore, Germany, and many o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

countries!<br />

His first-ever solo exhibition was <strong>in</strong><br />

Chelsea, London, at 508 Gallery, dubbed<br />

Mak<strong>in</strong>g My Mark. And now, he has an<br />

Instagram page that has over 150,000<br />

followers.<br />

“I love <strong>the</strong> creative process <strong>in</strong> my<br />

work. I wake up <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> morn<strong>in</strong>g and have<br />

this crav<strong>in</strong>g to get <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> studio and<br />

experiment with new materials and ideas.<br />

I love abstract pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, luxury art, canvas<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, design<strong>in</strong>g new concepts, and<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g with metallic colors like golds<br />

and silvers. This is someth<strong>in</strong>g that is<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporated <strong>in</strong> almost all of my works,” said<br />

Seth.<br />

Abstract Art is about feel<strong>in</strong>gs. It is<br />

express<strong>in</strong>g emotions <strong>in</strong> a way that best<br />

represents <strong>the</strong> artist. Seth loves to connect<br />

with a canvas <strong>in</strong> this way and quite literally<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ts all his feel<strong>in</strong>gs and emotions. He<br />

loves us<strong>in</strong>g more neutral colors like black,<br />

navy, white, grey, and gold.<br />

Art by Rajan Seth was founded <strong>in</strong> 2018. It<br />

started with him pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> studio <strong>in</strong> his<br />

parents’ small utility room. Seth would make<br />

a mess, and pa<strong>in</strong>t would be splattered all<br />

over <strong>the</strong> walls, but it was a fun experience<br />

for him.<br />

He started pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g as a form of art<br />

<strong>the</strong>rapy, a release to help him get through<br />

a difficult time. He cont<strong>in</strong>ued to pa<strong>in</strong>t as<br />

a hobby throughout his college years but<br />

never thought he could do it professionally.<br />

Today, he has served over 200 customers<br />

worldwide and count<strong>in</strong>g. He looks forward<br />

to participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> big exhibitions and<br />

collaborat<strong>in</strong>g with o<strong>the</strong>r artists on unique<br />

projects so that he can learn more about<br />

different styles of art.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

47


NFT TALKS<br />

6 Trends shap<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> future of art<br />

NFTs<br />

The current growth <strong>in</strong> NFTs has brought about one of <strong>the</strong> biggest advancements <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world, question<strong>in</strong>g<br />

conventional beliefs and practices about who makes art, how art can be acquired, who owns it, and what form<br />

or media art can take, <strong>in</strong> addition to giv<strong>in</strong>g artists new ways to create. NFTs, which are based on blockcha<strong>in</strong><br />

technology, is truly transform<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> art <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

1<br />

Innovative Projects<br />

NFTs’ dist<strong>in</strong>ctive technological capabilities are caus<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a rise <strong>in</strong> cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge <strong>in</strong>itiatives that are upend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

accepted notions of art. These might consist of <strong>the</strong><br />

PFPs mentioned earlier, <strong>in</strong> which authors create unique<br />

characters that consumers collect. The CryptoBaristas<br />

collective is releas<strong>in</strong>g characters and utiliz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

money earned to launch a cafe that will be supported<br />

by NFT. For your virtual avatars, <strong>the</strong>re is even NFT<br />

cloth<strong>in</strong>g, or “wearables,” and NFTs connected to virtual<br />

land transactions.<br />

2<br />

Arts Nft’s as a gateway <strong>in</strong>to crypto<br />

F<strong>in</strong>ally, NFTs are emerg<strong>in</strong>g as a crypto entry po<strong>in</strong>t.<br />

While <strong>the</strong>re is a vibrant community of crypto natives<br />

who are trad<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> NFTs, <strong>in</strong>dividuals who have never<br />

<strong>in</strong>teracted with crypto are f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir way through<br />

art, which is someth<strong>in</strong>g that is readily understood and<br />

that everyone can enjoy. Both artists and collectors<br />

are ga<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g new digital skills through <strong>the</strong> process of<br />

sett<strong>in</strong>g up a digital wallet, convert<strong>in</strong>g fiat money to<br />

cryptocurrency, and m<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> blockcha<strong>in</strong>.<br />

3<br />

Community<br />

NFTs are build<strong>in</strong>g new communities while <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

access to art and allow<strong>in</strong>g more artists and collectors<br />

to participate. Build<strong>in</strong>g collector groups and “clubs”<br />

around specific drops not only streng<strong>the</strong>ns <strong>the</strong> arts<br />

community by br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r people <strong>in</strong>terested<br />

<strong>in</strong> assist<strong>in</strong>g and promot<strong>in</strong>g one ano<strong>the</strong>r’s artistic<br />

endeavors.<br />

4<br />

New generation, new motivations<br />

The next generation of collectors is also br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g new<br />

<strong>in</strong>centives to <strong>the</strong> art world, <strong>in</strong> keep<strong>in</strong>g with a grow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>g of openness. Th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g about where you spend<br />

your money and how you support <strong>the</strong> artists <strong>in</strong> your<br />

neighborhood gives you a lot more <strong>in</strong>fluence.<br />

5<br />

The pace of digital change is beh<strong>in</strong>d<br />

The<br />

Social media has also established itself as a platform<br />

for artists that subverts <strong>the</strong> conventional gallery<br />

representation model. Certa<strong>in</strong> artists don’t require<br />

gallery representation anymore because <strong>the</strong>y have an<br />

audience of <strong>the</strong>ir own and 50,000 Instagram followers.<br />

6<br />

Fresh support for artists<br />

ability to pay an artist directly for <strong>the</strong>ir work is one<br />

of <strong>the</strong> options that NFTs and blockcha<strong>in</strong> technology<br />

provide because <strong>the</strong> blockcha<strong>in</strong> makes one-to-one<br />

transactions without <strong>the</strong> need for <strong>in</strong>termediaries<br />

possible, <strong>in</strong>dicat<strong>in</strong>g a shift <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> way <strong>the</strong> arts are<br />

supported. Artists won’t have to produce work for<br />

mega-collectors, brands, or corporate sponsors any<br />

longer. Instead, <strong>the</strong>y may create <strong>the</strong> content <strong>the</strong>y want<br />

to create while <strong>in</strong>teract<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong>ir audience directly.<br />

We’re witness<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>crease <strong>in</strong> people who may not<br />

have previously considered collect<strong>in</strong>g art enter<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

art sector because it’s now accessible to <strong>the</strong>m thanks<br />

to <strong>the</strong> digitalization of art, which makes it accessible to<br />

everybody with an <strong>in</strong>ternet connection.<br />

48 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


ART NEWS<br />

Rare Roman mosaic from 4th century<br />

unear<strong>the</strong>d by Syrian archeologists with 90 percent<br />

of <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g details <strong>in</strong>tact<br />

In <strong>the</strong> town of Rastan, outside Homs,<br />

Syrian officials uncovered a massive<br />

Roman mosaic. This discovery,<br />

accord<strong>in</strong>g to some experts, happens<br />

to be <strong>the</strong> most important archaeological<br />

discovery <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> country <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> last two<br />

decades.<br />

The region, which is rich <strong>in</strong> cultural heritage,<br />

was retaken by <strong>the</strong> Syrian government <strong>in</strong><br />

2018. The mosaic was uncovered by a<br />

team from Syria’s General Directorate of<br />

Antiquities and Museums.<br />

The mosaic which dates back to <strong>the</strong> 4th<br />

century CE was bought by Syrian and<br />

Lebanese bus<strong>in</strong>essmen affiliated with<br />

Lebanon’s Nabu Museum and donated to<br />

<strong>the</strong> Syrian state. It measures some 1,300<br />

square feet. Each panel is <strong>in</strong>laid with small,<br />

colorful stones that portray <strong>the</strong> Amazon<br />

warriors <strong>in</strong> Roman mythology.<br />

“What is <strong>in</strong> front of us is a discovery that is<br />

rare on a global scale,” Humam Saad, <strong>the</strong><br />

associate director of <strong>the</strong> excavation and<br />

archaeological research at <strong>the</strong> directorate,<br />

told <strong>the</strong> Associated Press.<br />

He added that <strong>the</strong> images are “rich <strong>in</strong><br />

details,” and <strong>in</strong>clude episodes from <strong>the</strong><br />

Trojan War, as well as <strong>the</strong> depiction of <strong>the</strong><br />

Roman sea god Neptune and 40 of his<br />

mistresses.<br />

Rastan has been <strong>the</strong> epicenter of various<br />

skirmishes and occupations that have<br />

endangered Syrian heritage sites. This is<br />

<strong>the</strong> first significant excavation <strong>in</strong> Rastan<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce 2011. Ground efforts to restore Syria’s<br />

monuments and museums to <strong>the</strong>ir former<br />

glory are underway with <strong>in</strong>ternational aid.<br />

Sulaf Fawakherji, a Syrian actress says that<br />

“Rastan historically is an important city,<br />

and it could possibly be a very important<br />

heritage city for tourism.”<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

“What is <strong>in</strong><br />

front of us is a<br />

discovery that<br />

is rare on a<br />

global scale,”<br />

Humam Saad,<br />

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ARTIST STORIES | INSPIRE & EMPOWER<br />

Multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary Art<br />

By Melika<br />

50<br />

<strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

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The artist who lets noth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

restrict her creative<br />

process<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

“There’re many artists who are very focused on one<br />

specific media and I th<strong>in</strong>k that’s great, but for me, I’m<br />

always <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> explor<strong>in</strong>g different forms” says<br />

Melika<br />

Melika is a multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary artist<br />

resid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE who was<br />

born <strong>in</strong> Tehran, Iran and raised<br />

<strong>in</strong> Dubai. Draw<strong>in</strong>g, pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

sculpture, <strong>in</strong>stallation, photography,<br />

video, and animation are all part of her<br />

body of work. She has shown her work <strong>in</strong><br />

several group exhibitions, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g The<br />

Womanhood Project and <strong>the</strong> Noon Arts<br />

Award’s shortlisted artists’ exhibition, where<br />

her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g titled Gray won <strong>the</strong> award <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g category.<br />

Additionally, many <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

celebrities have featured her work,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g NYU, Airport Road magaz<strong>in</strong>e,<br />

The Gazelle publication, and Broadway<br />

on Demand. Most recently, <strong>the</strong> biennial<br />

Tisch Animation Film Festival <strong>in</strong> New York<br />

chose her stop-motion animation, “The<br />

Lockdown,” as its open<strong>in</strong>g film.<br />

Melika, also known onl<strong>in</strong>e as Melzarts,<br />

has been document<strong>in</strong>g her artwork for<br />

more than eight years and publish<strong>in</strong>g it<br />

onl<strong>in</strong>e. Dur<strong>in</strong>g this time, she has worked<br />

with a variety of brands. However, when <strong>the</strong><br />

pandemic left her stranded <strong>in</strong> New York City<br />

for months without any pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g supplies,<br />

Melika decided to improvise. She decided<br />

to experiment realiz<strong>in</strong>g that a jar of Nutella<br />

that had been left beh<strong>in</strong>d by a roommate<br />

had a consistency comparable to pa<strong>in</strong>t.<br />

Before she realized it, she had started a<br />

body of work that attracted millions of views<br />

per video. Even though she eventually<br />

returned home and resumed us<strong>in</strong>g oil and<br />

acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong> place of chocolate, she still<br />

enjoys experiment<strong>in</strong>g and shar<strong>in</strong>g her work<br />

onl<strong>in</strong>e, produc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>tricate pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs that<br />

each tell a story or encourage viewers to<br />

reflect on <strong>the</strong>ir perceptions.<br />

Her artwork comb<strong>in</strong>es m<strong>in</strong>ute details<br />

with profound thoughts and is frequently<br />

colorful. She f<strong>in</strong>ds relationships and<br />

connections between various th<strong>in</strong>gs. She<br />

frequently prefers to create art by fus<strong>in</strong>g or<br />

distort<strong>in</strong>g photos she has shot and piec<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>m all toge<strong>the</strong>r to resemble a puzzle.<br />

After complet<strong>in</strong>g her art studies, she is now<br />

eager to return to Dubai and work on new<br />

pieces. Archival-grade signed copies of her<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs and photographs are now offered<br />

for sale on her website.<br />

Melika says she enjoys experiment<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with various mediums and art forms,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g clay, chocolate, metal, sculpture,<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, spray pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, animation, video,<br />

photography, and pr<strong>in</strong>tmak<strong>in</strong>g. She can’t<br />

picture herself as an artist if she stuck<br />

to one style or medium. Melika says, “as<br />

artists we can get too caught up <strong>in</strong> try<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to develop or ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> a certa<strong>in</strong> ‘style’, but<br />

for me, at one po<strong>in</strong>t I decided that I care far<br />

more about decid<strong>in</strong>g what I’m try<strong>in</strong>g to say<br />

and how I want to say it, ra<strong>the</strong>r than stick<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to a certa<strong>in</strong> style.”<br />

Melika acknowledges that, “<strong>the</strong>re’re<br />

many artists who are very focused on one<br />

specific media and I th<strong>in</strong>k that’s great, but<br />

for me, I’m always <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

different forms of art and convey<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

concept.” She would claim that while she<br />

uses each medium somewhat differently,<br />

she frequently crosses across <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

She considers it an <strong>in</strong>credible honor to be<br />

able to explore <strong>the</strong> boundless possibilities<br />

of art. Her work has consistently drawn<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration from Persian poetry, which<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluences a lot of her observations and<br />

general approach to art. Color also plays a<br />

significant role <strong>in</strong> her work. She is <strong>the</strong>refore<br />

frequently drawn to ideas about perception,<br />

connection, long<strong>in</strong>g, belong<strong>in</strong>g, and <strong>the</strong><br />

“self.”<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

“I care far more about<br />

decid<strong>in</strong>g what I’m<br />

try<strong>in</strong>g to say and how<br />

I want to say it, ra<strong>the</strong>r<br />

than stick<strong>in</strong>g to a certa<strong>in</strong><br />

style” .says Melika<br />

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Cul<strong>in</strong>ary Arts<br />

Meet <strong>the</strong><br />

new chef<br />

<strong>in</strong> town,<br />

Florian<br />

Barbarot<br />

Meet Florian Barbarot, <strong>the</strong><br />

acclaimed Top Chef France<br />

contestant, and <strong>the</strong> Executive<br />

Chef at Beach by FIVE. Florian<br />

is <strong>the</strong> new addition to FIVE’s award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

cul<strong>in</strong>ary team, br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> same highquality<br />

approach with his own dist<strong>in</strong>ctive<br />

twist. The exceptional Chef orig<strong>in</strong>ates from<br />

<strong>the</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>rn French prov<strong>in</strong>ce of Grenoble<br />

and has worked at seven Michel<strong>in</strong>-starred<br />

restaurants <strong>in</strong> 11 years.<br />

Give us a short <strong>in</strong>troduction of who you<br />

are and what you are do<strong>in</strong>g?<br />

My name is Florian Barbarot. I am a<br />

chef. I have been do<strong>in</strong>g this job for 16<br />

years. So, I am 31 years old. And I have my<br />

restaurant <strong>in</strong> Paris for six months. A very<br />

new restaurant. And now I am com<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

work here <strong>in</strong> Dubai.<br />

Amaz<strong>in</strong>g! So, hav<strong>in</strong>g been a key player<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2 Michel<strong>in</strong> Star establishments, how<br />

do you feel about your new upcom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

venture with FIVE?<br />

I th<strong>in</strong>k, for me, Michel<strong>in</strong> Star is a<br />

good score. It’s a place where you learn<br />

excellence, and all k<strong>in</strong>ds of th<strong>in</strong>gs you<br />

need for <strong>the</strong> rest of your career. Here, I<br />

want to give excellence, because FIVE is<br />

excellence. For Food, apart from serv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

excellence on plate, I also want to share a<br />

nice plate of French cuis<strong>in</strong>e. I believe that<br />

my Michel<strong>in</strong> star experience will help me<br />

achieve that.<br />

How has your experience with FIVE been<br />

different compared to o<strong>the</strong>r hotels you<br />

have worked with so far?<br />

When I came here two years ago, I<br />

thought FIVE, for me, is <strong>the</strong> best hotel <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai. I did work with a few hotels before<br />

but when I came to Five, I thought I wanted<br />

to here. S<strong>in</strong>ce we have <strong>the</strong> same m<strong>in</strong>dset,<br />

and <strong>the</strong>y have an out of box m<strong>in</strong>dset. They<br />

are different but professional, and I love it!<br />

FIVE is known to be one of <strong>the</strong> best<br />

dest<strong>in</strong>ations for an ultimate holiday<br />

experience <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE, what did you have<br />

<strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d while develop<strong>in</strong>g your menu for<br />

<strong>the</strong>m?<br />

When I was prepar<strong>in</strong>g this menu, maybe<br />

for <strong>the</strong> food we wanted to give someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

unique – someth<strong>in</strong>g that’s new here. More<br />

excellence <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> French style of food but<br />

without stray<strong>in</strong>g too far away.. A perfect<br />

fusion of what I excel <strong>in</strong> and what FIVE<br />

excels <strong>in</strong>.<br />

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Cul<strong>in</strong>ary Arts<br />

Why do you choose to make your menus<br />

based on seasonal produce?<br />

As a chef, you have to respect <strong>the</strong><br />

produce and nature around you. You are<br />

not go<strong>in</strong>g to us scallop <strong>in</strong> June s<strong>in</strong>ce it’s not<br />

<strong>the</strong> season for it, it will be frozen scallops.<br />

For <strong>the</strong> ecology, this is not a good practice.<br />

Us<strong>in</strong>g produce <strong>in</strong> season, we respect <strong>the</strong><br />

natural cycle. It’s also excit<strong>in</strong>g, for example,<br />

a fisherman would call me about <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

new catch, and I would decide to make<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g with it.<br />

Anyth<strong>in</strong>g else that you would like to say<br />

to our listeners?<br />

Oh, that’s simple. Come to Five, come to<br />

try my food!<br />

So, out of all <strong>the</strong> exquisite dishes that<br />

you have added, which one is your<br />

favorite?<br />

My favorite is, of course, <strong>the</strong> octopus<br />

for two reasons. The first one is that I love<br />

octopuses, and I have never had a good<br />

octopus <strong>in</strong> a restaurant. They are always<br />

hard and elastic, while our dish is so soft<br />

that it can be cut with your spoon. That’s<br />

amaz<strong>in</strong>g! And <strong>the</strong> second reason is my<br />

cuis<strong>in</strong>e and my vision of cook<strong>in</strong>g octopus.<br />

The octopus that I used to cook <strong>in</strong> France,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> hummus, middle eastern dish.<br />

So, both toge<strong>the</strong>r on <strong>the</strong> same plate is <strong>the</strong><br />

perfect result of perfect ratatouille sauce.<br />

It’s <strong>the</strong> best plate!<br />

At <strong>the</strong> tender age of 19, you went you<br />

were appo<strong>in</strong>ted with <strong>the</strong> renowned chef<br />

Marc Haeberl<strong>in</strong>. What was it like work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with him?<br />

It was amaz<strong>in</strong>g! At 19, I was just<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g my family. For me, it was <strong>the</strong> firsttime<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g with a three-star Michel<strong>in</strong><br />

restaurant. It was stressful, and I had<br />

to change my life but it was <strong>the</strong> best<br />

experience of my life. Maybe that would be<br />

FIVE now; but <strong>the</strong> people, like here at FIVE<br />

are extremely professional but very human.<br />

Now that I am older, I can compare <strong>the</strong> two<br />

experiences.<br />

Can you describe <strong>the</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of your<br />

journey <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> art of cook<strong>in</strong>g?<br />

I was supposed to do someth<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

sports - Soccer, because I was good at<br />

it. When I was 15; I decided to venture<br />

<strong>in</strong>to be<strong>in</strong>g a cook. So, I went for tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g.<br />

For <strong>the</strong> first year, it was like sports – we<br />

were a team. There was adrenal<strong>in</strong>e, and<br />

I was always occupied. But I was not a<br />

passionate about it. Afterwards, I started to<br />

cook, and I got really good at it and realized<br />

it was meant for me.<br />

What motivated you to become a cook?<br />

If you told your family that you wanted<br />

to be a cook 16 years – not just family<br />

but <strong>in</strong> France, <strong>the</strong>y would go, ‘You want<br />

to be a cook? It’s not for smart people.’<br />

But s<strong>in</strong>ce I was good at studies, I could<br />

take more subjects, and I chose cook<strong>in</strong>g<br />

as one course. And my parents kept<br />

encourag<strong>in</strong>g me, so I kept at it. In <strong>the</strong> end,<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir encouragement kept me motivated<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce everyth<strong>in</strong>g I do is to make my parents<br />

proud.<br />

Do you resonate food with art?<br />

Yes, I th<strong>in</strong>k food and art are <strong>the</strong> same<br />

th<strong>in</strong>g. Because you can give a pen to a<br />

thousand guys you will have thousand<br />

different results. And if you do <strong>the</strong> same,<br />

if you give 10 products to a chef, you can<br />

expect thousand different dishes. They are<br />

creators. In <strong>the</strong> end, it depends on your<br />

m<strong>in</strong>d, <strong>in</strong> decid<strong>in</strong>g if it is nice or not so nice.<br />

Your menus are often based on seasonal<br />

products. How do you master <strong>the</strong><br />

creativity of every delectable dish?<br />

I th<strong>in</strong>k <strong>in</strong> France, we are really lucky that<br />

we can get produce seasonally but we get<br />

difference produces. In Dubai, we can get<br />

all produce anytime we want, it’s someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of a paradise. When you want to produce,<br />

you can get it any period of <strong>the</strong> time. When<br />

you compare <strong>the</strong> produce <strong>in</strong> Paris, <strong>in</strong> Dubai<br />

it is very easy.<br />

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PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY OMAR YEHIA ON UNSPLASH<br />

54<br />

<strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

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The Global Rise of<br />

Technology: What it<br />

means for ART?<br />

In <strong>the</strong> 22nd century, when one seeks to<br />

understand <strong>the</strong> role of technology <strong>in</strong> art,<br />

one f<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>the</strong>mselves overwhelmed with<br />

examples and <strong>in</strong>stances of how modern<br />

technology has <strong>in</strong>spired new and more<br />

accessible ways of enjoy<strong>in</strong>g, creat<strong>in</strong>g, and<br />

shar<strong>in</strong>g art. What does global appreciation<br />

for new technology means for art?<br />

Technology as a word has its orig<strong>in</strong>s <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> word tékhne, <strong>in</strong> Ancient Greek, which<br />

means art. This sets an <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g ground<br />

truth by def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>v<strong>in</strong>cible connection<br />

that has connected <strong>the</strong>se opposite<br />

creations of humanity across <strong>the</strong> pages of<br />

history. In society, we see this connection<br />

every day. From commercials to ideas that<br />

<strong>in</strong>spire change for <strong>the</strong> better. Throughout<br />

history and modernity, technologies as<br />

simple as <strong>in</strong>k, paper, and glass to cameras,<br />

microphones, computers, and now digital<br />

spaces have enabled and supported new<br />

forms of art.<br />

Without technology, it would be<br />

impossible to actualize <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

ornaments, sculptures, photography,<br />

c<strong>in</strong>ema, and o<strong>the</strong>r digital works that<br />

populate museums and galleries across <strong>the</strong><br />

planet. Technology, specifically preservation<br />

practices, has allowed for <strong>the</strong> safe<br />

preservation of works of art and allowed<br />

<strong>the</strong>m to stand <strong>the</strong> test of time. The wonder<br />

that one feels look<strong>in</strong>g at a near-perfect<br />

Starry Night by Van Gogh can only be<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ed for future generations through<br />

new technologies that allow us to treasure<br />

such experiences.<br />

New technologies are always <strong>in</strong> demand.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> world of art, new technologies to<br />

view, own, and share works of art are <strong>the</strong><br />

highlight of this century. Consumption of art<br />

through audio, visual, and o<strong>the</strong>r mediums/<br />

equipment is an element that removes <strong>the</strong><br />

barrier of entry for new collectors and <strong>the</strong><br />

genu<strong>in</strong>e savant of art. This need generates<br />

<strong>the</strong> demand for <strong>in</strong>novation, which <strong>in</strong> turn<br />

<strong>in</strong>spires <strong>in</strong>ventors to f<strong>in</strong>d solutions through<br />

technologies to meet <strong>the</strong> ris<strong>in</strong>g demand. A<br />

cycle is formed; a cycle that <strong>in</strong>spires new<br />

development that caters to an ever-grow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> creative world.<br />

It is evident, that <strong>the</strong>re exists a<br />

synergistic relationship between technology<br />

and art. They support, enrich, and <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

each o<strong>the</strong>r to improve and become all <strong>the</strong><br />

more awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g. From solv<strong>in</strong>g societal<br />

limitations or barriers to <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> need<br />

to develop new technologies to compose<br />

what a few years prior could only be<br />

EDITORIAL<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> an artist’s m<strong>in</strong>d. The value of<br />

this symbiosis is everywhere.<br />

Today, <strong>the</strong> ris<strong>in</strong>g demand for products<br />

and services that comb<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> functionality<br />

of technology with <strong>the</strong> aes<strong>the</strong>tics of art<br />

is seen across a range of doma<strong>in</strong>s, and<br />

companies are rac<strong>in</strong>g to deliver <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

The application of virtual and augmented<br />

reality as mediums to express and witness<br />

art has skyrocketed <strong>in</strong> recent years, giv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

rise to new platforms for gam<strong>in</strong>g and art<br />

and ultimately creat<strong>in</strong>g new l<strong>in</strong>ks with o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

fields that before seemed so very different.<br />

Technologies like artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence and<br />

mach<strong>in</strong>e learn<strong>in</strong>g are mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir debut<br />

by compos<strong>in</strong>g works of art from l<strong>in</strong>es of<br />

code (expertly written, one has to accept),<br />

that encourage even <strong>the</strong> shyest creative<br />

to give a shot at compos<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir very own<br />

masterpiece.<br />

Accessible digital tools, enable <strong>the</strong><br />

common populace to jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> ranks of<br />

artists and creators, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g a social<br />

movement to express your unique and<br />

beautiful perspectives and visions through<br />

such powerful creative tools. These works<br />

are often <strong>in</strong>fluenced by one’s background<br />

and goals <strong>in</strong> life, which automatically<br />

<strong>in</strong>spires <strong>the</strong> community to look ahead to a<br />

better future. After all, <strong>the</strong> creative world<br />

rema<strong>in</strong>s one of <strong>the</strong> strongest champions of<br />

<strong>the</strong> freedom of expression that each of us<br />

carries with us.<br />

Today, <strong>the</strong>se technologies have enabled<br />

a wider range of participation <strong>in</strong> art, <strong>the</strong>reby<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g a bridge between consumers and<br />

producers. This has enabled <strong>the</strong> formation<br />

of more tightly-knit communities that stand<br />

for a specific value, be it environmental,<br />

political, or even philosophical. In <strong>the</strong> 22nd<br />

century, art and technology provide muchneeded<br />

social mobility to communities to<br />

voice <strong>the</strong>ir concerns on <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

stage, and that signifies an important<br />

change <strong>in</strong> how <strong>the</strong> world appreciates its<br />

diversity.<br />

F<strong>in</strong>ally, <strong>the</strong> global rise of technology has<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>ded us, that <strong>the</strong> importance of art,<br />

as it was when <strong>the</strong> first humans composed<br />

rock art dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> earliest days of<br />

humanity, and now where one can explore a<br />

digital space from <strong>the</strong>ir room, will rema<strong>in</strong> a<br />

key aspect of what makes us human.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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Digital Artist<br />

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Creat<strong>in</strong>g new perspectives, One picture<br />

at a time: Waleed Shah<br />

Waleed Shah, a chemical<br />

eng<strong>in</strong>eer by education, is a<br />

photographer who has worked<br />

with <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>est establishments<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry to change <strong>the</strong> societal<br />

perceptions commonly held by society.<br />

His journey has been recognized by<br />

Fujifilm Middle East and <strong>the</strong> Official Fuji-X-<br />

Photographer.<br />

Waleed Shah’s series titled “Rock Your<br />

Ugly” strives to explore <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection<br />

between physical and mental health<br />

through a series of thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

portraits and stories. The series tries to<br />

enable <strong>in</strong>dividuals to embrace <strong>the</strong>mselves<br />

for who <strong>the</strong>y are and portray a stance<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>the</strong> preset and sometimes toxic<br />

standards placed on what is considered<br />

beautiful.<br />

Hav<strong>in</strong>g had <strong>the</strong> opportunity to work with<br />

numerous clients, Waleed Shah br<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

a sparkl<strong>in</strong>g new perspective to what he<br />

does and produces as a photographer.<br />

After <strong>the</strong> COVID pandemic, he pioneered<br />

a project, titled Mowjood, to share <strong>the</strong><br />

stories of freelancers and entrepreneurs<br />

brav<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> global economic downturn after<br />

<strong>the</strong> pandemic. He currently hosts onl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

workshops to help budd<strong>in</strong>g photographers<br />

navigate <strong>the</strong> world of photography and all<br />

<strong>the</strong> challenges of mak<strong>in</strong>g it a profession.<br />

The magaz<strong>in</strong>e’s NFTs are a highlight of<br />

his recent work. These NFTs are dist<strong>in</strong>ct<br />

from <strong>the</strong> usual magaz<strong>in</strong>e covers that we are<br />

used to see<strong>in</strong>g of glamorous <strong>in</strong>dividuals.<br />

Waleed Shah talks about <strong>the</strong> time he<br />

spends gett<strong>in</strong>g to know <strong>the</strong> people he<br />

shoots, and <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir personalities<br />

<strong>in</strong>to his work. That is exactly what his<br />

NFTs are, a canvas that speak more about<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dividual on <strong>the</strong> cover and send a<br />

message that would o<strong>the</strong>rwise be buried <strong>in</strong><br />

numerous pages of advertisements.<br />

For him, it has been <strong>the</strong>se human<br />

connections and work with real people and<br />

tell<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir stories that helped him share<br />

his story <strong>in</strong> a TED Talk, titled “Toxic Beauty<br />

Standards.”<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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WAX MUSEUM<br />

7 Wax Museums Around The World<br />

A wax museum often consists of a collection of wax sculptures of well-known historical figures and modern<br />

figures that are shown <strong>in</strong> lifelike positions and dressed <strong>in</strong> actual cloth<strong>in</strong>g. Wax royal funeral effigies and wax<br />

museums both dates back to at least <strong>the</strong> early 18th century. Madame Tussauds is unquestionably <strong>the</strong> name<br />

most associated with wax museums.<br />

MADAME TUSSAUDS<br />

LONDON<br />

Madame Tussauds is unquestionably <strong>the</strong><br />

world’s most well-known wax museum.<br />

However, several nations do have<br />

“Madame Tussauds Wax Museums.” The<br />

first Madame Tussauds <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world was<br />

located <strong>in</strong> London. The ma<strong>in</strong> tourist draw<br />

<strong>in</strong> London is <strong>the</strong> abundance of public wax<br />

statues. With more than 300 exquisite wax<br />

figures, Madame Tussauds London mixes<br />

glamor, glamor, and amaz<strong>in</strong>g history <strong>in</strong> 14<br />

<strong>in</strong>teractive sections. The Royal Family are<br />

<strong>the</strong> most frequently visited wax figures <strong>in</strong><br />

this museum. You can take pictures with <strong>the</strong><br />

Queen and every member of her family.<br />

HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN<br />

WAX MUSEUM<br />

This museum, which is located <strong>in</strong> Lake<br />

George, New York, will undoubtedly be<br />

enjoyable for <strong>in</strong>dividuals who adore horror<br />

and scary movies. The museum conta<strong>in</strong>s<br />

a collection of scary figures from films like<br />

Monsters, Bad Guys, and Michael Myers<br />

and Freddy Krueger. They ma<strong>in</strong>ly show<br />

v<strong>in</strong>tage horror icons. The museum’s <strong>in</strong>terior<br />

is dark, allow<strong>in</strong>g visitors to experience <strong>the</strong><br />

atmosphere of dread.<br />

MUSEO DE CERA MADRID<br />

The Museo de Cera museum showcases<br />

<strong>the</strong> fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g history of <strong>the</strong> Madrid city.<br />

Spanish history and culture are heavily<br />

emphasized, and several homages are paid<br />

to <strong>the</strong> country’s illustrious football players.<br />

Although it has some iconic celebrity statues<br />

like one of Dwayne Johnson, its horror<strong>the</strong>med<br />

attractions, like <strong>the</strong> Tra<strong>in</strong> of Terror, are<br />

possibly its most well-known draw.<br />

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SIDDHAGIRI GRAMJIVAN MUSEUM<br />

KOLHAPUR<br />

This Indian gift is much more than a collection of wax sculptures.<br />

The museum, which is outside, is more concerned with India’s<br />

history and its society than it is with celebrity culture and wellknown<br />

figures. The museum is constructed with exquisite sets<br />

and accessories that br<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> narrative to life. Gandhi’s story<br />

is conveyed while you stroll around <strong>the</strong> small hamlet at <strong>the</strong><br />

museum, which is <strong>in</strong> some ways a dream-like representation of<br />

country life.<br />

HOLLYWOOD WAX MUSEUM LOS<br />

ANGELES<br />

Hollywood is <strong>the</strong> home of <strong>the</strong> stars, so it makes sense that<br />

its wax museum devotes so much attention to some of <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry’s biggest figures. This museum only focuses on <strong>the</strong><br />

movie and pop stars of <strong>the</strong> past and present, unlike o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

museums that might also feature athletes. The sculptures<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves are among <strong>the</strong> most spectacular works of art, and<br />

by vot<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong> stars <strong>the</strong>y believe should be added to <strong>the</strong> starstudded<br />

l<strong>in</strong>eup, visitors may truly have a voice <strong>in</strong> who should be<br />

<strong>in</strong>cluded as part of <strong>the</strong> attraction.<br />

THE NATIONAL WAX MUSEUM<br />

The National Wax Museum, as it was once named, was<br />

<strong>in</strong>augurated by <strong>the</strong> Lord Mayor of Dubl<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> 1983 as an excit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

new addition to <strong>the</strong> city. With <strong>the</strong> Giant C Chula<strong>in</strong>n ascend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> wall of <strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong> museum became a landmark, and<br />

many of our contemporary tourists recall <strong>the</strong> notorious tunnels<br />

and go<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong>ir school trip as youngsters. It was, and still is,<br />

one of Dubl<strong>in</strong>’s most prom<strong>in</strong>ent museums.<br />

MOVIELAND WAX MUSEUM<br />

NIAGARA FALLS<br />

Devoted to movies, <strong>the</strong> Movieland Wax Museum is filled by<br />

Hollywood icons. This exhibition has a v<strong>in</strong>tage feel to it and is<br />

decorated to resemble an antique movie <strong>the</strong>ater.<br />

Fans may experience <strong>the</strong>ir favorite movie scenes thanks to <strong>the</strong><br />

attractions. In order to help visitors, immerse <strong>the</strong>mselves <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

experience, many wax figures are built with some sort of video<br />

set beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

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ARTIST STORIES | INSPIRE & EMPOWER<br />

Nature Art<br />

By Maria Vasileva<br />

60 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


The Artist from <strong>the</strong> ‘City of Artists’<br />

“I believe that art is compulsory <strong>in</strong> our lives, no matter our age and <strong>in</strong>terests,”<br />

says Maria<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Maria was born and brought up <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> oldest city <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world and<br />

<strong>the</strong> current European Capital<br />

of Culture, Plovdiv, often known<br />

as <strong>the</strong> ‘City of Artists.’ She spent five years<br />

study<strong>in</strong>g art at <strong>the</strong> National High School of<br />

Stage and Film Design, <strong>the</strong> only <strong>in</strong>stitution<br />

of its k<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Balkans.<br />

The artist acquired a variety of f<strong>in</strong>e and<br />

applied art techniques, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g those<br />

<strong>in</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, sculpt<strong>in</strong>g, ceramics,<br />

make-up, and wigs, which benefited <strong>the</strong><br />

development of her creativity. She took part<br />

<strong>in</strong> numerous exhibitions <strong>in</strong> Bulgaria, where<br />

she also took first place <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> national art<br />

competition, The Water Source of Life.<br />

Maria traveled to London after earn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her degree <strong>in</strong> Bulgaria, where she studied<br />

graphic and digital design at <strong>the</strong> University<br />

of Greenwich and earned her degree <strong>in</strong><br />

2019. But she has returned to pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce receiv<strong>in</strong>g her degree s<strong>in</strong>ce it was her<br />

first love. Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> peak of <strong>the</strong> COVID<br />

pandemic, Maria found Bob Ross’s Wet on<br />

Wet technique of pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. Ever s<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>n,<br />

she has been pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g landscapes nonstop.<br />

Maria enjoys demonstrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> strength<br />

and beauty of nature through her work<br />

and typically uses stretched canvas and<br />

oil pa<strong>in</strong>t. Maria says “I believe that art is<br />

compulsory <strong>in</strong> our lives no matter our age<br />

and <strong>in</strong>terests.” She has taken part <strong>in</strong> a<br />

number of onl<strong>in</strong>e exhibitions, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

“Locked Up” and “Restart <strong>the</strong> Planet.”<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

“Art is<br />

compulsory <strong>in</strong><br />

our lives”<br />

says Maria<br />

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ART NEWS<br />

Warehouse421 Announces Fall <strong>2022</strong><br />

Program, A Season for Reground<strong>in</strong>g an autumn <strong>2022</strong><br />

event from Abu Dhabi’s <strong>in</strong>-house arts and design center.<br />

Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi’s<br />

home-grown arts and<br />

design center, announces<br />

its fall <strong>2022</strong> program, A<br />

Season for Reground<strong>in</strong>g, which features<br />

two major exhibitions and an extensive<br />

public program focus<strong>in</strong>g on creative and<br />

communal approaches to reconnect<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

<strong>the</strong> environment.<br />

The program, runn<strong>in</strong>g from September 21<br />

until December 25, will <strong>in</strong>clude <strong>the</strong> second<br />

iteration of <strong>the</strong> exhibition On Forag<strong>in</strong>g:<br />

Food Knowledge and Environmental<br />

Imag<strong>in</strong>aries <strong>in</strong> The UAE’s Landscape,<br />

which was first presented at <strong>the</strong> United<br />

Arab Emirates Pavilion <strong>in</strong> Expo 2020. The<br />

group presentation opens to a wider public<br />

<strong>in</strong>side <strong>the</strong> gallery spaces at Warehouse421<br />

this fall, featur<strong>in</strong>g new commissions and<br />

research on food security <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

The fall <strong>2022</strong> program will also see <strong>the</strong><br />

open<strong>in</strong>g of ‘Let me tell you someth<strong>in</strong>g’, <strong>the</strong><br />

first <strong>in</strong>stitutional solo exhibition for UAEbased<br />

artist Mohamed Khalid. Result<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from Warehouse421’s Artistic Development<br />

Exhibition Program, <strong>the</strong> exhibition features<br />

seven new commissioned works produced<br />

this year.<br />

The fall <strong>2022</strong> program features more than<br />

35 talks, workshops, symposia and special<br />

events that are a m<strong>in</strong>dful exploration of<br />

creative and communal approaches to<br />

th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g about climate action. One of<br />

<strong>the</strong> most extensive and robust public<br />

engagement programs presented by<br />

Warehouse421 yet, <strong>the</strong> season highlights<br />

alternative ways of exist<strong>in</strong>g with<strong>in</strong><br />

our natural ecosystem that challenge<br />

anthropomorphic viewpo<strong>in</strong>ts, br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g back<br />

direct, bodily and tangible engagement with<br />

traditional sources of wisdom.<br />

Highlights from <strong>the</strong> program <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

offer<strong>in</strong>gs that respond to <strong>the</strong>mes addressed<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> On Forag<strong>in</strong>g exhibition, such as<br />

How to Sit Under A Tree, a meditative<br />

workshop led by artist Nahla Tabbaa that<br />

explores M<strong>in</strong>a Zayed’s resilient ecosystem;<br />

a nature and food focused edition of<br />

Warehouse421’s Culture Bus; and a foodrelated<br />

lecture performance by artists Moza<br />

Al Matrooshi and Tabbaa. O<strong>the</strong>r excit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and notable events <strong>in</strong>clude trips to farms<br />

across Abu Dhabi; photowalks <strong>in</strong> ecological<br />

sites such as Jubail Mangrove Park and<br />

Wathba Fossil Dunes; a fa<strong>the</strong>r-daughter<br />

tour of M<strong>in</strong>a Zayed’s food markets; and a<br />

collaborative susta<strong>in</strong>ability workshop that<br />

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ART NEWS<br />

<strong>in</strong>vites participants to create a site-specific,<br />

large scale <strong>in</strong>stallation made from waste<br />

collected from <strong>the</strong> beach. The season will<br />

also <strong>in</strong>clude an outdoor market, Play<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

Nature, that br<strong>in</strong>gs toge<strong>the</strong>r locally-based<br />

artists, artisans, educators, and creatives<br />

to showcase a range of susta<strong>in</strong>ably<br />

made products. The market will run<br />

across two days and will <strong>in</strong>clude activities<br />

and workshops, as well as live music<br />

performances, that children and families<br />

can enjoy.<br />

The season was developed by<br />

Warehouse421 and <strong>in</strong>cludes <strong>the</strong><br />

participation of partner organizations such<br />

as Services for Educational Development,<br />

Research and Awareness for Inclusion<br />

(SEDRA); Bombay Institute for Critical<br />

Analysis and Research (BICAR), The<br />

Institute of Emerg<strong>in</strong>g Art, 100/100: Hundred<br />

Best Arabic Posters, Gulf Photo Plus and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

“It seems more pert<strong>in</strong>ent than ever<br />

for cultural <strong>in</strong>stitutions to cont<strong>in</strong>ue <strong>the</strong><br />

conversation around climate change<br />

and <strong>the</strong> environment. This season at<br />

Warehouse421, we’ve decided to extend it<br />

beyond our exhibition space and <strong>in</strong>to our<br />

public programm<strong>in</strong>g, engag<strong>in</strong>g audiences<br />

of all ages and backgrounds to consider<br />

<strong>the</strong> importance of how our ecologies and<br />

immediate natural environment <strong>in</strong>fluences<br />

our culture, traditions and overall ways<br />

of life,” says Faisal Al Hassan, Head of<br />

Warehouse421. “Collaboration is at <strong>the</strong><br />

core of what we do at Warehouse421.<br />

We are delighted to br<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r local<br />

and regional organizations, researchers,<br />

collectives, and artists to present a program<br />

that pushes this necessary conversation<br />

forward through thoughtful and accessible<br />

community engagement.”<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

The public<br />

program presents<br />

35+ talks,<br />

workshops and<br />

special events that<br />

explore creative<br />

and communal<br />

approaches to<br />

reconnect<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

<strong>the</strong> environment<br />

Scan barcode to view <strong>the</strong> video<br />

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NFT TALKS<br />

The susta<strong>in</strong>ability controversy<br />

swirl<strong>in</strong>g around NFTs<br />

Before one answer this question,<br />

we must understand <strong>the</strong> need<br />

for this very question. How can<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability be a concern related<br />

to someth<strong>in</strong>g that exists solely <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> digital<br />

sphere?<br />

Emerg<strong>in</strong>g technologies such as<br />

blockcha<strong>in</strong> represent a part of <strong>the</strong> wave<br />

of <strong>in</strong>novation <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> past few years that<br />

has changed our digital world. This wave,<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rwise known as Web3, represents an<br />

emerg<strong>in</strong>g group of ideas and technologies<br />

that seek to decentralize <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternet.<br />

On <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternet, nobody owns anyth<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

That is <strong>the</strong> nature of <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternet we use,<br />

as digital elements can be copied, stored,<br />

and transferred without any permanent<br />

restriction, giv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> creator any benefits<br />

of <strong>the</strong>ir work. NFTs, or non-fungible<br />

tokens, provide that unassailable proof<br />

of ownership us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> technology of<br />

blockcha<strong>in</strong>, which makes a digital item<br />

unique and one of a k<strong>in</strong>d. That is what<br />

makes NFTs a unique digital collectible, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> true reason for <strong>the</strong>ir adoption.<br />

Though NFT art is not yet fully accepted<br />

both by <strong>the</strong> artists and <strong>the</strong>ir audience,<br />

amongst numerous concerns, <strong>the</strong> question<br />

of pollution is a dom<strong>in</strong>ant one. Blockcha<strong>in</strong><br />

technologies require large amounts of<br />

computational power, which, like any o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

device, produces greenhouse gases that<br />

contribute to a chang<strong>in</strong>g global climate.<br />

So, this is where our question comes<br />

<strong>in</strong>, Can NFTs become susta<strong>in</strong>able? Yes,<br />

it can. There are groups, spearheaded<br />

Imag<strong>in</strong>e an<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

transportation<br />

conglomerate<br />

with a quarter of<br />

<strong>the</strong> global market<br />

share replac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

fuel eng<strong>in</strong>eers<br />

with zero-emission<br />

eng<strong>in</strong>es.<br />

by E<strong>the</strong>reum, that seek to develop<br />

environmentally-m<strong>in</strong>ded projects that<br />

upgrade <strong>the</strong> exist<strong>in</strong>g mediums and make<br />

<strong>the</strong>m less pollut<strong>in</strong>g. For this <strong>in</strong>itiative,<br />

E<strong>the</strong>reum hopes to persuade us that NFTs<br />

can <strong>in</strong>deed change <strong>the</strong> way we perceive<br />

<strong>the</strong> digital world. Imag<strong>in</strong>e an imag<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

transportation conglomerate with a quarter<br />

of <strong>the</strong> global market share replac<strong>in</strong>g fuel<br />

eng<strong>in</strong>eers with zero-emission eng<strong>in</strong>es; this<br />

is <strong>the</strong> analogy one can use to get a sense of<br />

E<strong>the</strong>reum’s <strong>in</strong>itiative.<br />

Th<strong>in</strong>gs are look<strong>in</strong>g up. But <strong>the</strong>re is a<br />

long road to walk, to make <strong>the</strong>se digital<br />

technologies truly environmentally friendly<br />

and accepted by different communities.<br />

Such technologies (Web3) and NFTs stand<br />

to reshape our perception of <strong>the</strong> digital<br />

world and improve our <strong>in</strong>teractions. These<br />

changes stand to optimize a grow<strong>in</strong>g NFT<br />

market, open a new avenue of creative<br />

expression, and encourage a consumerbased<br />

economy while reta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and<br />

better<strong>in</strong>g ownership guarantees over digital<br />

assets.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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5 Art Gallery to visit Metaverse<br />

META GALLERY<br />

The Metaverse platform presents a special chance for artists to reject social norms<br />

and stigmas and to be released from conventional restrictions, such as f<strong>in</strong>ancial<br />

limitations and even <strong>the</strong> rules of physics. This makes it a natural progression<br />

to create spaces such as art galleries. Many metaverse art galleries shatter<br />

expectations by offer<strong>in</strong>g an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary experience, just like <strong>the</strong> art <strong>the</strong>y so<br />

wonderfully displayed. Here are a few you can visit.<br />

Second Life’s Lundy Art Gallery<br />

& W<strong>in</strong>dlight Art Gallery<br />

Second Life currently has <strong>the</strong> best<br />

graphics of any virtual environment, mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

it a special spot to uncover metaverse art.<br />

Not only art galleries, but you can also<br />

attend live music and <strong>the</strong>atre <strong>in</strong> Second<br />

Life. It has established a platform for<br />

artists to showcase <strong>the</strong>ir work to a global<br />

audience. This has given rise to a whole<br />

artistic culture, with many <strong>in</strong>habitants<br />

display<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir work <strong>in</strong> museums, galleries,<br />

and residences that can be purchased or<br />

built utiliz<strong>in</strong>g Second Life’s sophisticated<br />

tools. Gallery open<strong>in</strong>gs even allow art<br />

collectors to “meet” and converse with <strong>the</strong><br />

exhibit<strong>in</strong>g artists, which has resulted <strong>in</strong><br />

many real-world transactions.<br />

Decentraland’s SciArt<br />

In some ways, SciArt is what we could<br />

anticipate from a cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge metaverse<br />

art exhibition. The structure has a strik<strong>in</strong>gly<br />

futuristic appearance. And <strong>the</strong> displays<br />

defy <strong>the</strong> rules of physics <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> real world<br />

(and contemporary art). Although <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations at SciArt heavily emphasize<br />

human connections with <strong>the</strong> digital<br />

environment, <strong>the</strong>re is much more to <strong>the</strong>m<br />

than that. Its artists’ meticulous exploration<br />

and capture of <strong>the</strong> depths is both hypnotic<br />

and, at times, frighten<strong>in</strong>g.Sisse S<strong>in</strong>ghs Art<br />

Gallery, and Horus Art Gallery are also<br />

among <strong>the</strong> more prom<strong>in</strong>ent galleries.<br />

The Seattle NFT Museum<br />

The Seattle NFT Museum is <strong>the</strong> first NFT<br />

museum <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world. The Museum aims<br />

to connect makers, collectors, artists, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> larger blockcha<strong>in</strong> community as well<br />

as provide a venue for artists, <strong>in</strong>ventors,<br />

<strong>in</strong>tellectual property owners, and collectors<br />

to showcase <strong>the</strong>ir NFTs <strong>in</strong> a highly<br />

contextual, physical environment. The fifth<br />

exhibition of this year, “Cross<strong>in</strong>g Over,” at<br />

<strong>the</strong> Seattle NFT Museum, exam<strong>in</strong>ed artists<br />

whose work predates non-fungible tokens.<br />

Sisse S<strong>in</strong>ghs Art Gallery, and Horus Art<br />

Gallery are also among <strong>the</strong> more prom<strong>in</strong>ent<br />

galleries.<br />

Musee Dezentral<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> many exhibition halls <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

metaverse is called Musee Dezentral. When<br />

you go <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> marble hall at <strong>the</strong> Musee<br />

Dezentral, you’ll be met by high ceil<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

gorgeous columns, classical sculptures,<br />

and a grand water feature. However, wall<br />

art, like <strong>in</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r museums, is <strong>the</strong> ma<strong>in</strong><br />

attraction. NFTs, from now-iconic crypto art<br />

collections, like CryptoPunks, <strong>the</strong> Bored<br />

Ape Yacht Club, CryptoKitties, and more,<br />

are shown <strong>in</strong> this first hall—<strong>the</strong> Hall of<br />

Fame—alongside pieces by <strong>the</strong> renowned<br />

artist Damien Hirst.<br />

Verse<br />

Verse is an immersive exhibit that lives between art and technology. For <strong>in</strong>stance, Verse<br />

exhibits art us<strong>in</strong>g augmented reality <strong>in</strong> San Francisco and Denver. Wear<strong>in</strong>g mixed reality<br />

smart glasses dur<strong>in</strong>g this show allows guests to view holograms and o<strong>the</strong>r artworks. You<br />

can still see your surround<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> real world. But if you take <strong>the</strong> glasses off, all you’ll see<br />

is a barren gallery. This concept offers a start<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t for how people might <strong>in</strong>teract with<br />

NFTs <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> real world—and <strong>in</strong> a manner that is entirely exclusive to <strong>the</strong> digital sphere.<br />

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ART NEWS<br />

Royal Collection Exhibition on display at<br />

Ferens Art Gallery<br />

The queen’s relationship with <strong>the</strong><br />

city, particularly her visit <strong>in</strong> 1854,<br />

will be shown <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> exhibition at<br />

<strong>the</strong> Ferens Art Gallery. The cab<strong>in</strong>et,<br />

a part of <strong>the</strong> Royal Collection Trust, was<br />

a gift from her husband, Pr<strong>in</strong>ce Albert, to<br />

commemorate <strong>the</strong> Great Exhibition of 1851.<br />

It is one of several objects that <strong>the</strong> trust has<br />

lent to <strong>the</strong> gallery.<br />

Rembrandt, Hans Holbe<strong>in</strong>, Canaletto, and<br />

Sir Anthony van Dyck pieces from <strong>the</strong> Royal<br />

Collection were on show <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Ferens<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g Hull’s year as City of Culture <strong>in</strong> 2017.<br />

“It is excellent that <strong>the</strong> gallery ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>s its<br />

ambitious exhibition program <strong>in</strong> cooperation<br />

with <strong>the</strong> Royal Collection Trust,” said Liberal<br />

Democrat councilwoman Alison Coll<strong>in</strong>son.<br />

Along with this masterpiece, visitors will<br />

have <strong>the</strong> chance to view some of Hull’s<br />

favorite Victorian works of art. Ludwig<br />

Grüner’s jewelry box has images of Queen<br />

Victoria and her family gilded on every<br />

surface.<br />

The city’s Royal Charter, issued by K<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Edward I <strong>in</strong> 1299, and Queen Victoria’s<br />

Letters Patent, which gave Hull city status <strong>in</strong><br />

1897, will be displayed next to it. From this<br />

Friday until February 19, 2023, <strong>the</strong>re is no<br />

charge for <strong>the</strong> exhibition.<br />

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It is excellent<br />

that <strong>the</strong> gallery<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>s its<br />

ambitious<br />

exhibition program<br />

<strong>in</strong> cooperation<br />

with <strong>the</strong> Royal<br />

Collection Trust<br />

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Vibrant Colors of Brazil<br />

on Canvas<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

“In terms of art, I want more people to have access<br />

to culture; particularly <strong>in</strong> nations where it’s not yet a<br />

focus” says Petterson.<br />

Petterson Silva was born <strong>in</strong> Brazil’s<br />

Mato Grosso. Young virtuoso Silva<br />

attended <strong>the</strong> Centro Universitário<br />

Belas Artes <strong>in</strong> São Paulo, <strong>in</strong>itially<br />

displayed skill at five after learn<strong>in</strong>g about<br />

gouache <strong>in</strong> preschool. Silva was raised<br />

<strong>in</strong> complete harmony with nature, always<br />

<strong>in</strong> contact with <strong>the</strong> local birds. It helps to<br />

know a little bit about <strong>the</strong> artist’s native<br />

country and formative years to appreciate<br />

<strong>the</strong> sentiment and beauty of <strong>the</strong> scenes he<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ts on canvas.<br />

His grandfa<strong>the</strong>r, a house pa<strong>in</strong>ter who<br />

enjoyed pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g Walt Disney characters on<br />

plywood boards <strong>in</strong> his own time, served as<br />

his <strong>in</strong>itial source of <strong>in</strong>spiration. Petterson’s<br />

early studies of <strong>the</strong> great Italian masters<br />

Ticiano Vecellio, a Renaissance pa<strong>in</strong>ter,<br />

and Caravaggio, a Baroque pa<strong>in</strong>ter,<br />

whose works <strong>in</strong>spired and enchanted him,<br />

eventually led him to study <strong>the</strong>m. As a child,<br />

Petterson’s <strong>in</strong>terest and admiration were for<br />

<strong>the</strong> great Brazilian artist Candido Port<strong>in</strong>ari.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Petterson, <strong>the</strong> development<br />

of his technique for his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs was<br />

profoundly affected by his deep respect<br />

for <strong>the</strong> vivid light and shadow <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> works<br />

of <strong>the</strong>se masters. The artist, who exhibits<br />

hyper-realistic qualities, claims that he<br />

feels he has not yet atta<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>the</strong> desired<br />

outcomes, but he still strives for perfection<br />

every day. He is meticulous and works<br />

hard to capture <strong>the</strong> correct tone for each<br />

species that appears <strong>in</strong> his work as well as<br />

to convey <strong>the</strong> vibrant colors and unspoiled<br />

beauty of his country.<br />

Petterson won first place <strong>in</strong> 2009 at <strong>the</strong><br />

Corumbá Art Salon <strong>in</strong> Brazil. In 2016, he<br />

won first place at <strong>the</strong> Brazilian Art Salon<br />

<strong>in</strong> Liechtenste<strong>in</strong>. He also won <strong>the</strong> Giulio<br />

Cesare Prize <strong>in</strong> Rome <strong>in</strong> 2018. When asked<br />

about his love for pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and enhanc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

God’s masterpieces, Petterson expresses<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>ation, delight, and zeal for each of<br />

his creations. “In every pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, I strive for<br />

a pleas<strong>in</strong>g and eye-catch<strong>in</strong>g composition.<br />

For <strong>the</strong> artistic gift, I am appreciative of<br />

God. For me, creat<strong>in</strong>g art is a way to thank<br />

God for my hands’ f<strong>in</strong>e motor skills and to<br />

honor Him for creat<strong>in</strong>g such a diverse array<br />

of beautiful creatures” says Petterson.<br />

He th<strong>in</strong>ks that by emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> environment <strong>in</strong> his<br />

realistic artwork, he may<br />

help preserve species. He<br />

hopes that his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

won’t be used as a<br />

reference <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> future<br />

to identify ext<strong>in</strong>ct<br />

animals because,<br />

“In every pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

I strive for a<br />

pleas<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

eye-catch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

composition”<br />

says Petterson.<br />

unfortunately, we live <strong>in</strong> a period when<br />

nature is suffer<strong>in</strong>g. “In terms of art, I want<br />

more people to have access to culture;<br />

particularly <strong>in</strong> nations where it’s not yet a<br />

focus” says Petterson.<br />

The Artist believes that people have a<br />

strong capacity for reason and can guide<br />

<strong>the</strong> economy without endanger<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

environment. And he hopes to see this<br />

zeal <strong>in</strong> every nation, primarily to teach kids<br />

to defend and not to harm<br />

anyone.<br />

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ART EVENTS<br />

Art Exhibitions<br />

and Events to look out for<br />

The Grand Tour<br />

Firetti Contemporary on Alserkal Avenue is now host<strong>in</strong>g an exhibition of 50 historic pictures and<br />

five orig<strong>in</strong>al albums by some of Italy’s most prom<strong>in</strong>ent photographers, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Alfred Noack,<br />

Carlo Naja, and Leopoldo Al<strong>in</strong>ari dat<strong>in</strong>g between 1850 and 1890. If you love history and culture,<br />

this one is for you.<br />

When: Until 25th <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Where: Alserkal Avenue<br />

Trial and Error: 100/100: HUNDRED BEST ARABIC POSTERS<br />

Warehouse421 will host<br />

Trial and Error: A Design<br />

Symposium, a series of<br />

speeches, panels, and<br />

workshops open to <strong>the</strong> public.<br />

The symposium will be held<br />

<strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi for <strong>the</strong> first time,<br />

and it will br<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r a<br />

varied collection of designers<br />

and creatives from around <strong>the</strong><br />

Arab-speak<strong>in</strong>g area.<br />

When: 5th to 7th<br />

<strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Where: Ishara Art<br />

Foundation, Alserkal<br />

Avenue<br />

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Proposals for a Memorial<br />

to Partition<br />

Proposals for a Memorial to Partition is a<br />

collection of artwork, writ<strong>in</strong>gs, draw<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

and o<strong>the</strong>r materials for an imag<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

memorial commemorat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> partitions that<br />

gave birth to South Asia’s modern nationstates.<br />

When: Until Feb 19th 2023<br />

Where: Jameel Arts Centre,<br />

Modern and Contemporary<br />

Arab Art Collection<br />

A stunn<strong>in</strong>g collection of modern and contemporary Arab art. The<br />

collection conta<strong>in</strong>s works by notable Middle Eastern pa<strong>in</strong>ters<br />

such as Abdulqader Al Rais, Louay Kayali, Bashir S<strong>in</strong>war, Faiq<br />

Hassan, Mohammed Yusuf, and Ismail Fatah Al-Turk.<br />

When: Until December, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Where: Sharjah Art Museum<br />

Dubai<br />

Design Week<br />

Dubai Design Week, <strong>the</strong> region’s largest creative<br />

event, returns for its eight-season featur<strong>in</strong>g free<br />

exhibits, <strong>in</strong>stallations, marketplaces, competitions,<br />

talks, workshops excursions, and experiences for<br />

design experts and general visitors alike. This year’s<br />

<strong>the</strong>me is Design with Impact; focus<strong>in</strong>g on design<br />

and <strong>in</strong>novation for a more susta<strong>in</strong>able future.<br />

When: 8th to 13th <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Where: Dubai Design District (D3)<br />

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ART FACTS<br />

Williard Wigan once <strong>in</strong>haled his<br />

own artwork. He created m<strong>in</strong>iature<br />

sculptures which had to be viewed<br />

through a microscope.<br />

Claude Monet was a popular<br />

caricaturist work<strong>in</strong>g under <strong>the</strong><br />

name ‘Oscar Monet’ before<br />

becom<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> renowned<br />

impressionist pa<strong>in</strong>ter we know<br />

him as today. His orig<strong>in</strong>al<br />

caricatures sold for just 10-20<br />

francs each.<br />

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Louis Wa<strong>in</strong>’s anthropomorphized cats which were<br />

popular <strong>in</strong> Victorian England, was <strong>in</strong>spired by a<br />

cat called Peter that belonged to his late wife.<br />

The oldest pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world is <strong>the</strong> Red<br />

Neanderthal Hand Stencil <strong>in</strong> Maltravieso Cave,<br />

Spa<strong>in</strong> from 64,000 years ago.<br />

A banana duct-taped to a wall that sold for<br />

$120,000 at Art Basel <strong>in</strong> Miami was eaten by<br />

performance artist David Datuna. The orig<strong>in</strong>al<br />

artwork by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was<br />

entitled Comedian. The subsequent performance<br />

of it be<strong>in</strong>g eaten was called Hungry Artist.<br />

While many equestrian statues were<br />

created, only one has survived to<br />

<strong>the</strong> present, which is The Equestrian<br />

Statue of Marcus Aurelius.<br />

The Pietà is <strong>the</strong> only piece of work<br />

that Michelangelo ever signed. He<br />

later saw this as an embarrass<strong>in</strong>g<br />

display of his own pride and<br />

never signed an artwork aga<strong>in</strong>.<br />

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ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS<br />

The <strong>Space</strong> Needle is a landmark <strong>in</strong> Seattle,<br />

Wash<strong>in</strong>gton, United States. It has been<br />

designated as a Seattle landmark because<br />

it is regarded as a city icon.<br />

The <strong>Space</strong> Needle, at 605 feet, was once<br />

<strong>the</strong> tallest structure west of <strong>the</strong> Mississippi<br />

River.<br />

It was built <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Seattle Center for <strong>the</strong> 1962<br />

World’s Fair, which drew over 2.3 million<br />

visitors, and is located <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Lower Queen<br />

Anne neighborhood.<br />

It is designed to withstand w<strong>in</strong>ds of up to<br />

200 mph (320 km/h) and earthquakes of up<br />

to 9.0 magnitude, which is equivalent to <strong>the</strong><br />

1700 Cascadia earthquake.<br />

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ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS<br />

CybertectureEgg Office<br />

Build<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

India<br />

The Cybertecture Egg is a 13-story<br />

commercial build<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Mumbai’s Bandra-Kurla<br />

Complex, Maharashtra, India.<br />

The Cybertecture Egg was designed by<br />

architect James Law <strong>in</strong> collaboration with Ove<br />

Arup’s build<strong>in</strong>g systems and eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g firm.<br />

The build<strong>in</strong>g was designed with susta<strong>in</strong>ability<br />

<strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d, and it has 33,000 square meters of<br />

office space, an elevated garden, and three<br />

levels of basement park<strong>in</strong>g with 400 spaces,<br />

all while tak<strong>in</strong>g up about 15% less space than<br />

a traditional office build<strong>in</strong>g<br />

The Cybertecture Egg’s structure is made up<br />

of diagrid exoskeletons, which form a rigid<br />

structural system and allow it to be built with less<br />

material than a traditional orthogonal build<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

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JEWELLERY<br />

Patek Philippe<br />

Nautilus 5811/1G is<br />

constructed of 18K white<br />

gold. Measur<strong>in</strong>g 41mm (1.6<br />

<strong>in</strong>ches) <strong>in</strong> diameter, <strong>the</strong><br />

bracelet has been enhanced<br />

with a secure fold-over clasp<br />

with four catches, and <strong>the</strong><br />

length of <strong>the</strong> bracelet may<br />

now be adjusted by 2mm or<br />

4mm us<strong>in</strong>g a new lockable<br />

adjustment mechanism.<br />

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Tiffany & Co.<br />

Tiffany Lock is a bold and visual statement<br />

about <strong>the</strong> personal bonds that make us who<br />

we are, <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> power of toge<strong>the</strong>rness<br />

and <strong>in</strong>clusivity. This Lock bangle, designed for<br />

both men and women, has an <strong>in</strong>novative clasp<br />

that mimics <strong>the</strong> functionality of a padlock, an<br />

important motif from The Tiffany Archives. This<br />

design is expertly crafted <strong>in</strong> 18k yellow and<br />

white gold.<br />

www.tiffany.com<br />

Van Cleef & Arpels<br />

V<strong>in</strong>tage Alhambra creations<br />

by Van Cleef & Arpels are<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>guished by <strong>the</strong>ir unique,<br />

timeless elegance and<br />

are faithful to <strong>the</strong> very first<br />

Alhambra jewel created <strong>in</strong><br />

1968. These lucky charms are<br />

<strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> clover leaf and<br />

have a border of golden beads.<br />

The r<strong>in</strong>g is a cherished part<br />

of <strong>the</strong> collection that shows<br />

elegance <strong>in</strong> v<strong>in</strong>tage designs.<br />

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Balenciaga<br />

The hourglass xl choker <strong>in</strong> gold brass from <strong>the</strong> look 7<br />

of Balenciaga’s w<strong>in</strong>ter <strong>2022</strong> collection is an exceptional<br />

addition to your w<strong>in</strong>ter looks, <strong>the</strong> balenciaga choker also has<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir logo <strong>in</strong> an <strong>in</strong>verted position to give out <strong>the</strong> chique vibe<br />

for any w<strong>in</strong>ter dress. The dedicated closure system keeps<br />

<strong>the</strong> bracelet safe <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> roughest and toughest of situations.<br />

www.baenciaga.com<br />

Louis Vuitton<br />

The Bloom<strong>in</strong>g key holder’s<br />

whimsical design is <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

by <strong>the</strong> House’s fashion jewelry<br />

collection. This ornate piece<br />

<strong>in</strong>cludes two volum<strong>in</strong>ous<br />

Monogram Flower pendants<br />

and an LV Circle charm. It is<br />

exquisitely detailed with an<br />

engraved Louis Vuitton signature<br />

and can be used to embellish<br />

bags or secure keys.<br />

www.louisvuiton.com<br />

Dior<br />

The Petit CD earr<strong>in</strong>gs have a sleek and modern design. The goldf<strong>in</strong>ish<br />

metal ‘CD’ signature, from which a pearl hangs with a star and<br />

white crystal at its center, dist<strong>in</strong>guishes <strong>the</strong> style. The graceful and<br />

elegant earr<strong>in</strong>gs can be paired with o<strong>the</strong>r Petit CD creations. The<br />

star detail<strong>in</strong>g with white crystals and a push clasp are perfect for<br />

party wears and casual wears.<br />

www.dior.com<br />

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JEWELLERY<br />

Prada<br />

A piece from Prada where it <strong>in</strong>troduces Eternal Gold, a f<strong>in</strong>e<br />

jewelry collection made entirely of certified recycled gold.<br />

Along with time-honored artisanal techniques and precious<br />

gems and metals, <strong>the</strong> collection is rooted <strong>in</strong> susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

practice that <strong>in</strong>forms twenty-first-century luxury. The brand<br />

guarantees that every bit of gold used is responsibly sourced.<br />

www.prada.com<br />

MARLI<br />

Fifth Avenue by MARLI<br />

New York, a new addition<br />

to <strong>the</strong> Avenues Collection,<br />

is def<strong>in</strong>ed by fluid l<strong>in</strong>es and<br />

brilliant diamonds, comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

classic craftsmanship with a<br />

contemporary design.<br />

www. marl<strong>in</strong>ewyork.com<br />

Tiffany & Co.<br />

With bold profiles and powerful details, Tiffany T1<br />

designs re<strong>in</strong>vent our iconic Tiffany T collection.<br />

These 18k rose gold hoop earr<strong>in</strong>gs have a<br />

beveled edge that is traced with round brilliant<br />

diamonds. Wear <strong>the</strong>m alone to make a bold<br />

statement, or pair <strong>the</strong>m with a variety of stud<br />

earr<strong>in</strong>gs for an unexpected look.<br />

www.tiffany.com<br />

Balenciaga<br />

Women’s wire r<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> gold by Balenciaga. The organic<br />

shape of this r<strong>in</strong>g adds to its beauty. This stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

wrap r<strong>in</strong>g is eye-catch<strong>in</strong>g and glamorous, and it will<br />

complement your everyday outfit as well as a more<br />

formal dress code for a special even<strong>in</strong>g event. Make your<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ctive outfits more modern! This vibrant handcrafted<br />

piece of art will brighten up your jewelry collection.<br />

www.baenciaga.com<br />

Dior<br />

The modern and ref<strong>in</strong>ed cha<strong>in</strong> dist<strong>in</strong>guishes <strong>the</strong> 30<br />

Montaigne bracelet. The gold-f<strong>in</strong>ish flat l<strong>in</strong>ks are<br />

accented with a white crystal pavé ‘CD’ signature.<br />

The bracelet can be comb<strong>in</strong>ed with o<strong>the</strong>r pieces from<br />

<strong>the</strong> 30 Montaigne collection. With a lobster clasp, <strong>the</strong><br />

bracelet is perfect to be worn all day and every day.<br />

www.dior.com<br />

Louis Vuitton<br />

The Bloom<strong>in</strong>g bag charm has a long and chunky cha<strong>in</strong> for a<br />

noticeable effect. Inspired by <strong>the</strong> House’s jewelry collection, this<br />

ornate piece features a hang<strong>in</strong>g LV Circle with Monogram Flower<br />

charms on ei<strong>the</strong>r side. On <strong>the</strong> hooks, delicately engraved Louis Vuitton<br />

signatures add a ref<strong>in</strong>ed f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g touch. The newly launched piece is<br />

a perfect addition.<br />

www.louisvuiton.com<br />

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WATCHES IN FOCUS<br />

Roger Dubuis<br />

Hijame Sorayama, a Japanese artist,<br />

has re<strong>in</strong>vented Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur<br />

Monobalancier with his trademark look.<br />

The titanium watch cas<strong>in</strong>g and mechanism<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude a <strong>the</strong>me of <strong>the</strong> artist’s signature<br />

metallic robots. He has molded and mirrorpolished<br />

<strong>the</strong> maison’s trademark starshaped<br />

bridge, defy<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> brand’s design<br />

standards.<br />

www.rogerdubuis.com<br />

Patek Philippe<br />

Nautilus 5811/1G is constructed of 18K<br />

white gold. Measur<strong>in</strong>g 41mm (1.6 <strong>in</strong>ches) <strong>in</strong><br />

diameter, <strong>the</strong> bracelet has been enhanced<br />

with a secure fold-over clasp with four<br />

catches, and <strong>the</strong> length of <strong>the</strong> bracelet may<br />

now be adjusted by 2mm or 4mm us<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

new lockable adjustment mechanism.<br />

www.patek.com<br />

Bulgari<br />

Bulgari’s timepiece bus<strong>in</strong>ess has<br />

collaborated with <strong>the</strong> Italian motorcycle<br />

manufacturer Ducati on <strong>the</strong>ir all-new<br />

Alum<strong>in</strong>ium Chronograph. The 40mm dial<br />

has three athletic counter designed to look<br />

like <strong>the</strong> dashboard of a Ducati motorcycle.<br />

www.bulgari.com<br />

PHILIPP PLEIN<br />

The wristwatch, which was <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong><br />

$keleton shoes series, blends <strong>the</strong> best art<br />

of watchmak<strong>in</strong>g with a futuristic design<br />

idea.<br />

www.ple<strong>in</strong>.com<br />

Cartier<br />

The automatic clock Cartier Masse<br />

Mystérieuse, a work of startl<strong>in</strong>g creativity,<br />

condenses a full mechanism <strong>in</strong>to a semicircular,<br />

skeletonized oscillat<strong>in</strong>g weight<br />

visible through sapphire discs on <strong>the</strong> front<br />

and rear. This <strong>in</strong>-house creation is not only<br />

technically impressive, but also visually<br />

attractive as it swirls around <strong>the</strong> case<br />

<strong>in</strong>side.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />

Hublot<br />

The skeletonized movement of Hublot’s Big<br />

Bang Tourbillon Automatic Purple Sapphire<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>es a tourbillon, micro-rotor, and<br />

three sapphire bridges and is housed with<strong>in</strong><br />

a whimsical purple sapphire transparent<br />

cas<strong>in</strong>g. This skeletonized power source,<br />

known as <strong>the</strong> HUB6035 Manufacture<br />

Automatic Tourbillon Movement, is a brandnew<br />

<strong>in</strong>-house creation that is a sight to<br />

behold <strong>in</strong> action.<br />

www.hublot.com<br />

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Roger Dubuis<br />

When you view <strong>the</strong> Excalibur Quatuor,<br />

<strong>the</strong> first word those spr<strong>in</strong>gs to m<strong>in</strong>d is<br />

mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g. It elim<strong>in</strong>ates <strong>the</strong> impact of<br />

gravity on <strong>the</strong> accuracy of <strong>the</strong> movement<br />

with its four spr<strong>in</strong>g balances that appear<br />

to execute an elaborate dance. While<br />

<strong>the</strong> Roger Dubuis appears futuristic, <strong>the</strong><br />

workmanship that went <strong>in</strong>to it is old school.<br />

www.rogerdubuis.com<br />

De Bethune<br />

The DB28 Skybridge by De Bethune<br />

is <strong>the</strong> only timepiece that appears<br />

to have been officially distributed<br />

by Starfleet. The dial of blued and<br />

polished titanium appears to be a<br />

w<strong>in</strong>dow <strong>in</strong>to outer space. A sensation<br />

that is only heightened by <strong>the</strong> watch’s<br />

cas<strong>in</strong>g and hands.<br />

www.debethune.ch<br />

MB&F<br />

WATCHES IN FOCUS<br />

The HM6 Sapphire Vision appears to be<br />

from outer space, as it provides <strong>in</strong>sight <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> mechanical work<strong>in</strong>gs of <strong>the</strong> watch. It<br />

rests on your wrist like a little spacecraft,<br />

dom<strong>in</strong>ated by a one-m<strong>in</strong>ute fly<strong>in</strong>g tourbillon<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> center, and has one of <strong>the</strong> most<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate and <strong>in</strong>sane sapphire crystals yet<br />

produced.<br />

www.mbandf.com<br />

Ulysse Nard<strong>in</strong><br />

UR-100V is shea<strong>the</strong>d <strong>in</strong> subtle<br />

shades of matte grey and is fitted<br />

with a new, custom-made titanium<br />

bracelet. You can not only know <strong>the</strong><br />

time, it also show <strong>the</strong> rotation of <strong>the</strong><br />

Earth and <strong>the</strong> revolution of <strong>the</strong> Earth<br />

around <strong>the</strong> Sun <strong>in</strong> a 20-m<strong>in</strong>ute time<br />

frame.<br />

www.ulysse-nard<strong>in</strong>.com<br />

Greubel Forsey<br />

The Balancier Convexe S2 isolates<br />

and <strong>in</strong>tensifies <strong>the</strong> strik<strong>in</strong>g features<br />

of <strong>the</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>al Balancier S. Instead<br />

of smooth contours and a subtle<br />

appearance, <strong>the</strong> Balancier Convexe<br />

S2 focuses on contrast and power.<br />

www.greubelforsey.com<br />

Urwerk<br />

UR-100V full titanium jacket is shea<strong>the</strong>d<br />

<strong>in</strong> subtle shades of matte grey and is fitted<br />

with a new, custom-made titanium bracelet.<br />

You can not only know <strong>the</strong> time, it also show<br />

<strong>the</strong> rotation of <strong>the</strong> Earth and <strong>the</strong> revolution<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Earth around <strong>the</strong> Sun <strong>in</strong> a 20-m<strong>in</strong>ute<br />

time frame.<br />

www.urwerk.com<br />

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FASHION & LIFESTYLE<br />

Simone Rocha<br />

Simone Rocha elevates its creative<br />

design with this white Egg-shaped<br />

small purse. Its oval-shaped profile is<br />

enhanced with a pearlized f<strong>in</strong>ish for a<br />

fashionable style, and it comes with a<br />

detachable crossbody strap.<br />

www.simonerocha.com<br />

Dior<br />

For <strong>the</strong> first time, <strong>the</strong> Royal Oak<br />

Perpetual Calendar’s 41 mm case<br />

and bracelet are totally honed from<br />

blue ceramic. A light, scratchresistant<br />

material that emphasizes <strong>the</strong><br />

slenderness of this timepiece’s 9.5 mm<br />

thickness. The Royal Oak Perpetual<br />

Calendar’s blue ceramic components<br />

have been delicately hand-f<strong>in</strong>ished to<br />

produce a beautiful play of light.<br />

www.audemarspiguet.com<br />

SOLID GRAY<br />

The SOLID GRAY Alum<strong>in</strong>ium Hard<br />

Shells Extreme High-End Backpack<br />

is <strong>the</strong> company’s flagship model<br />

for <strong>in</strong>dividuals who desire <strong>the</strong> best<br />

<strong>in</strong> technology, aes<strong>the</strong>tics, and<br />

performance.<br />

www.audemarspiguet.com<br />

Santa Brands<br />

The Miami rh<strong>in</strong>estone-embellished<br />

asymmetric dress by Santa Brands is<br />

designed with brilliant details and bold<br />

designs that mix elegance and sparkle.<br />

www.santa-brands.com<br />

1017 ALYX 9SM<br />

The Mono Slip on is an exceptional<br />

example of technological<br />

advancement, with an elaborately<br />

detailed pattern generated on a s<strong>in</strong>gle<br />

piece of EVA foam wrapped <strong>in</strong> a<br />

specific sh<strong>in</strong>y black coat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

www.alyxstudio.com<br />

Miu Miu<br />

Prada’s Miu Miu Twist Eau de Magnolia, a delicately<br />

beautiful, glow<strong>in</strong>gly evocative, luscious comice<br />

pear lifts off on a unique <strong>in</strong>terplanetary adventure<br />

with delicate magnolia and seductive cosmone<br />

musk.<br />

www.miumiu.com<br />

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FASHION & LIFESTYLE<br />

PUBLISHED BY<br />

With <strong>the</strong> chrome crossbody bag,<br />

PUBLISHED BY cont<strong>in</strong>ues to exhibit its<br />

unconventional style. The design has<br />

a trendy style that is f<strong>in</strong>ished with a<br />

cha<strong>in</strong>-l<strong>in</strong>k shoulder strap, mak<strong>in</strong>g it an<br />

eye-catch<strong>in</strong>g accessory.<br />

www.published-by.com<br />

Dolce & Gabbana<br />

Layers of holographic fr<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g offer a<br />

futuristic flair to Dolce & Gabbana’s<br />

holographic short skirt, which keeps<br />

appeal<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> silhouette with its high<br />

waistband.<br />

www.dolcegabbana.com<br />

Off-White<br />

Off-WhiteTM proudly debuts <strong>the</strong><br />

“CELEBRATION” collection at Paris<br />

Fashion Week. The collection is a<br />

celebration of freedom to dream, create,<br />

and choose.<br />

www.off---white.com<br />

Agonist<br />

No 10 White Oud by Agonist is a Woody<br />

Floral Musk fragrance for men and women<br />

that is described as a fragrance where <strong>the</strong><br />

dark meets <strong>the</strong> white.<br />

www.agonistperfumes.com<br />

FENDI<br />

Fendi frames and sunglasses are <strong>the</strong> essence of luxury, with <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

charm<strong>in</strong>g designs, rich textures, and vibrant hues, and <strong>the</strong> FF 0399/S<br />

is no exception.<br />

www.fendi.com<br />

Roger Dubuis<br />

Hijame Sorayama, a Japanese artist, has<br />

re<strong>in</strong>vented Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur Monobalancier<br />

with his trademark look. The titanium watch cas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and mechanism <strong>in</strong>clude a <strong>the</strong>me of <strong>the</strong> artist’s<br />

signature metallic robots. He has molded and<br />

mirror-polished <strong>the</strong> maison’s trademark star-shaped<br />

bridge, defy<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> brand’s design standards.<br />

www.rogerdubuis.com<br />

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BRAND LOGO<br />

One of Dubai’s most famous<br />

landmarks, <strong>the</strong> Museum of <strong>the</strong><br />

Future, stands proudly along<br />

<strong>the</strong> city’s superhighway, Sheikh<br />

Zayed Road. The Dubai Future Foundation<br />

founded <strong>the</strong> museum to <strong>in</strong>vestigate how<br />

society might evolve <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> com<strong>in</strong>g decades<br />

through <strong>the</strong> use of science and technology.<br />

It is referred to as a “liv<strong>in</strong>g museum”<br />

because it <strong>in</strong>corporates elements of<br />

traditional exhibitions, immersive <strong>the</strong>ater,<br />

and <strong>the</strong>med attractions, allow<strong>in</strong>g visitors<br />

to look beyond <strong>the</strong> present and <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

limitless possibilities of <strong>the</strong> future. It is also<br />

<strong>the</strong> headquarters for <strong>the</strong> city’s ‘Great Arab<br />

M<strong>in</strong>ds’ <strong>in</strong>itiative, which aims to identify<br />

1,000 exceptional Arab talents across<br />

key fields, fur<strong>the</strong>r<strong>in</strong>g a global <strong>in</strong>tellectual<br />

movement.<br />

The Museum of <strong>the</strong> Future, designed<br />

as an asymmetric torus clad <strong>in</strong> steel and<br />

glass, has been named one of <strong>the</strong> world’s<br />

14 most beautiful museums by National<br />

Geographic. It’s a tribute to architect Shaun<br />

Killa, who wanted <strong>the</strong> structure to represent<br />

Dubai’s future vision. The museum’s strik<strong>in</strong>g<br />

exterior is also notable for its artistic use<br />

of Arabic calligraphy, which also serves<br />

as glass w<strong>in</strong>dows. They were designed<br />

by Emirati artist Mattar b<strong>in</strong> Lahej to reflect<br />

l<strong>in</strong>es of <strong>in</strong>spirational poetry by HH Sheikh<br />

Mohammed b<strong>in</strong> Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice<br />

President and Prime M<strong>in</strong>ister of <strong>the</strong> United<br />

Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. One of<br />

<strong>the</strong> three quotes that encircle <strong>the</strong> facade<br />

translates to: “The future belongs to those<br />

who can imag<strong>in</strong>e it, design it and execute<br />

it. It isn’t someth<strong>in</strong>g you await, but ra<strong>the</strong>r<br />

create.”<br />

The landmark development will<br />

contribute to better humanity and a stronger<br />

global economy by demonstrat<strong>in</strong>g how<br />

next-generation solutions <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

everyth<strong>in</strong>g from artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence to<br />

augmented reality can improve our lives <strong>in</strong><br />

50 years.<br />

The logo of this amusement represents<br />

<strong>the</strong> structure of <strong>the</strong> museum itself along<br />

with <strong>the</strong> Arabic translation and <strong>the</strong>ir tagl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

which reads ‘where <strong>the</strong> future lives’ true to<br />

every ounce of experience one can have at<br />

<strong>the</strong> museum of <strong>the</strong> future.<br />

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november 20th<br />

Saad<br />

Lamjarred<br />

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