Dirty Computer

Janelle Monae’s e-motion picture Dirty Computer is almost a year old, but it’s still one of my favorite visual and musical expression of political existence and very much worth sharing here while I keep on posting postcards on Instagram.

Fan mail for a robot

Science fiction, fashion, art, and design all offer various possibilities of re-assembled life-forms we can look forward to meeting or becoming. They show us what lies ahead in many useful ways, but the most interesting cyborganic person I have encountered, is a product of a re-imagined past, and the subject of Manivelle: The Last Days…


I’ve always been a bit annoyed at the public’s obsession over whether Lil Miquela is a fictional or real character, just because she isn’t the exact replica of an organic self. I personally don’t think the digital world owes the organic world any accountability, and mostly I miss the days when the Internet was a…

Time as Human Matter: A Temple on the Mediterranean 

It has the warm feel of a dream-house by the beach, and inspires a happy sense of elevation as the temple it was designed to be. A new museum in Heri, North Lebanon, celebrates Nabu, the Mesopotamian patron-god of literacy. Designed by Mahmoud al-Obaidi and Dia Azzawi, the architecture is a rust-colour cube of steel…

Of blood and bureaucracy: Consequences of the arbitrary.

The point of this space is to make sense of identities as they materialise at different nodes of processes that mark their existence; and it’s only appropriate to start by making pixels bleed out of their white cube. I met with curator and artist Izdihar Afyouni to ask her about playing God with people’s bodies, as she re-imagined what an art exhibition could be, turning visitors into subjects of a curated experience of corporeality, rather than its audience. In a conscious effort to minimise interpretation and preserve intended meaning in its context, the conversation is here in the form of an annotated video.