Mohammed Kanoo Shows How Arab Culture Is Never Black and White

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Mohammed Kanoo’s portraits aim to tease out our biases about the Middle East. Above is US President Barack Obama.  In his solo exhibition Fun with Fen (fen is Arabic for “art”) currently on display at Dubai’s Meem Gallery, the Bahraini artist Mohammed Kanoo depicts international celebrities dressed in traditional Arab costume. Kanoo’s digitally enhanced photographs are […]

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Guy Lougashi Fashions Amazing Sculptures Out of Tape

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Guy Lougashi makes incredible sculptures entirely out of either colored or transparent tape. Eschewing the hardening or drying phase of many sculptural materials such as clay or paper pulp, the artist claims that tape is an incredibly versatile material that forms an excellent foundation for other design projects. And now it’s possible to glean some […]

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Carmen’s Opera at Masada Leaves No Trace

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Israeli Opera Festival 2012 will feature five performances of the classic opera, Carmen, June 7 to 11 at Masada. According to the Israeli Opera’s Artistic Director, Michael Ajzenstadt, 50,000 people from across Israel and all over the world are coming to experience opera at the lowest point on earth, beneath the mountain of Masada and […]

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Mesopolis in Tehran: Re-Thinking Daily Floods of Wasted Water

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It may surprise many Iranians living in the country’s dense and sprawling desert capital to know that millions of cubic liters of water are wasted every day. But where? Underground mostly, although occasionally modern construction projects smack up against an ancient irrigation system called quanats, resulting in devastating water losses and other destruction. How to […]

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Creative-Young-Workaholics OGE Grow Magic at Israeli Flower Festival

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Perhaps best known for their extraordinary 2009 solar-powered night garden installation in Jerusalem, or their creative street branding cooperation with Castro, Israeli designers OGE were entrusted as the creative directors of the largest flower exhibition to ever take place in Israel. 19 years after the original Haifa International Flower Exhibition, the self-described “Creative-Young-Workaholics” helped to […]

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The Bedouins Convert Ill-Begotten Tunisian Mansion into a Skate Park

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The Bedouins are a group of skaters and artists who are empowering post-revolutinary Tunisian youth. When Nathan Gray and his posse of skateboarders and street artists collectively known as “The Bedouins” were scouting out the perfect place to build a skate park in post-revolutionary Tunisia, some of the locals suggested they inhabit Imed Trabelsi’s abandoned […]

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Jerusalem Design Week Uses Design to Heat Our Reactions to Climate Change

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Jerusalem’s second annual Design Week will generate awareness of climate change through design and show off some local sustainable designers. Jerusalem will host the grand opening of its second annual Design Week on December 4th, with a week of design exhibitions, conferences, master classes, cinema events and workshops planned for a variety of audiences.  The […]

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Mannequin-made Chair Puts Human Form in Motion

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When this mannequin free falls, low-carbon-footprint chairs with “human” form are made. Israeli designer Ezri Tarazi, the head of the Industrial Design Department at Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, is no stranger to sustainable design.  Some of his previous projects include eye glass frames made from wood, and home furnishings created from upcycled […]

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