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A Story of Wander

BY LILIANE RAHAL
IN BEIRUT

With a passion for collecting instruments from their travels, Sarah Kaskas writer/composer/vocalist, and Liliane Rahal percussionist/co-arranger, gave birth to Wanderland, an indie/folk duo band making homemade heart-warming music. Listen to them narrate the story of how they met and began their adventure with the song "La Terrasse", and tell us about their process and inspiration.

 

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Hungry for visuals

BY GEORGE TABATADZE
IN BEIRUT

George Tabatadze invites us to explore the inspirations behind his visual work. Fascinated by detailed textures and patterns, George creates two and three-dimensional abstract landscapes that can include scientific visualizations from the 1990s to today as well as various forms of data. 

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What's a Brane?

BY AYSSAR ARIDA
@ VOL 26 ON OCT 12, 2016

Ayssar Arida and Sabine de Maussion introduce their latest project: Makerbrane, a physical and digital toolbox that lets anyone design, build, and sell their own line of cool toys. This educational toy allows anyone to mix their own LEGOs, littleBits electronics, Meccano, 3D prints and anything they can imagine into designs, objects and systems of their creation.

 

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Safe Parks for Lebanon

BY LAMA YAZBECK
@ VOL 26 ON OCT 12, 2016

Lama Yazbeck, the Executive Director of Himaya, shares the Safe Parks project: mobile playgrounds in which children across Lebanon can experience diversity and carefree moments in protected environments. The one-of-a-kind project was launched by himaya, a Lebanese NGO established in 2009 in the child protection sector. 

 

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Halcyon

BY AYMAN HASSAN
@ VOL 26 ON OCT 12, 2016

Ayman Hassan, co-founder of Studio zumra and Rachel Dedman, curator in Beirut, will unveil the story of ‘Halcyon’, an exhibition part of the Transart Triennale 2016. Halcyon is driven solely by video and text-based work and its design is born of the collaboration between Studio Zumra and Rachel. The project experiments with the installation of long-form writing in exhibition, creating a space in which an audience might spend extended time watching, reading and listening.

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The Afterlife of Materials

BY JEAN-PAUL FARES
IN BEIRUT

Jean-Paul Fares is a product designer, recycled-art designer and creator of JPDesign. By giving an afterlife to discarded objects, Jean-Paul reveals the aesthetics properties of waste materials and transforms them into sculptures and designs. 

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The Creative Process in 6 Simple Steps

BY NADER TABRI
@ VOL 26 ON OCT 12, 2016

"Now you're all illustrators and I'm out of a job!"

In The Creative Process in 6 Simple Steps from PechaKucha Night Beirut Vol. 26, Nader Tabri breaks down the creative process into 6 simple steps. Buckle up for "How to illustrate an illustration, an illustrative guide (complete with illustratory illustrations) by a not-so-illustrious illustrator who sucks at giving titles to things or how I learned to stop worrying and love fig jam."

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Alternative Grassroots Journalism

BY KAREEM CHEHAYEB
@ VOL 26 ON OCT 12, 2016

Facing the current state of media and journalism in Lebanon, Kareem Chehayeb and Sarah Shmaitilly founded Beirut Syndrome, an alternative and grassroots journalism platform. Their project is based on the importance of informing the public, tackling uneasy questions, creating conversations and building communities. 

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Urban Sketchers Lebanon

BY JUDY ABI ROUSTOM
@ VOL 26 ON OCT 12, 2016

Founder of Urban Sketchers Lebanon, Judy J. Abi Roustom is an Architect and sketch addict. Through the collective act of sketching, USK members regularly meet to reclaim spaces around the city and the country, and to show them in a different light. Through her activities, Judy aims to make art more accessible, for a community of passionate, like-minded individuals. 

 

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For Children By Children

BY RAYMONDA CHAMOUN
@ VOL 26 ON OCT 12, 2016

Raymonda Chamoun is a visual artist and art teacher. Through her teaching, she discovered that every child is an artist. Inspired by this hidden talent that usually ends up pinned to the fridge at home, she came up with the idea she presents in this talk: turning children's art into a motif for children-oriented objects. 

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أشغال عامة Public Works

BY ABIR SAKSOUK
@ VOL 26 ON OCT 12, 2016

Seeing the evolution of Beirut in past years – its increasing privatization, segregation and inequalities – Abir Saksouk and Nadine Bekdache founded Public Works Studio in 2012. In this presentation, Abir talks about the different projects Public Works is involved in to shape the public discourse around spatial justice and the right to the city.

 

«أشغال عامة» هو استوديو يجمع عدداً من المعماريين/ات ومصممي/ات الغرافيك والباحثين/ات، أسّسته كلّ من نادين بكداش وعبير سقسوق في العام 2012.

في «أشغال عامة»، نجد قيمةً فعليّةً في الربط بين مجالَي التصميم والبحث من جهة، ومجال الدراسات المدينية والعمرانية من جهةٍ أخرى. ونهدف من خلال ذلك الى تناول الشؤون العامة وقضايا الحقّ في المدينة بشكلٍ نقدي، وسياسي وخلّاق. فنحن كمعماريين ومخططين مدينيين، نطمح إلى إنتاج أماكن مستدامةٍ ودامجةٍ اجتماعياً. كما ننشد كمصممي الغرافيك نشر المعرفة، وإنتاج تمثيلاتٍ بصريّة منسجمةٍ مع السياق الثقافي والاجتماعي.

 

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Emotional Languages

BY ANITA TOUTIKIAN
@ VOL 26 ON OCT 12, 2016

A clinical psychologist, art therapist, lecturer and artist, Anita Toutikian is the founder of Beirut Art Therapy. In her talk, she walks us through the different modalities by which emotion can be channeled. From visual arts to performance, we discover the various ways in which psychological layers can unfold and be explored.

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