Art and Technology: A Crucial Marriage in a Post-Digital Society

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

By Paola Perrin de Brichambaut Art and technology. At first these disciplines may seem distant, their link dubious, and yet they share a rich history and today are increasingly intertwined. An example of the intricate relationship between the two would be the invention of photography at the beginning of the nineteenth century, a defining moment in the history of fine arts, which …

​Brazilian Embassy opens ‘Rio Lounge’ to public during Olympics

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Do you remember the ‘Olympic Houses’ during London 2012; Brazil took over Somerset House and used an incredible water projection to welcome the world to Brazil over the subsequent four years culminating in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. As the greatest show gets underway in Rio, the Embassy of Brazil in London wants to bring a little bit of the …

When Photos Started Lying

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

‘Artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up.’ (V for Vendetta) Is photography an art form? Most people with or without an interest in art will probably answer ‘yes’ without stopping to consider their answer. But is all photography art? Is a perfume ad in a glossy magazine art? Is a police …

Is Pokemon Go The Answer To Our Obesity Crisis?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The world is currently going through a craze on an unprecedented scale. Pokemon Go is a mobile phone game that requires the user to find and catch ‘Pocket Monsters’ in a virtual world using ‘pokeballs’, and then training these creatures up and evolving them to battle with other players’ Pokemon. Same as any other fantasy handheld game you say? Well, no. …

Christian and Muslim Values: Just how far apart are they?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

A lot can be said about ‘values’; ‘British’ values, ‘Christian’ values, ‘their’ values. The context in which the whole term has been thrown about has nearly always been ‘us’ versus ‘them’. So how different are Syrian refugees, who are predominantly Muslim, from Christians? Let’s make it simpler. How different are the values of Islam from Christianity? One event in history …