Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ramadan #ShoeBoxLove in Lebanon

The #ShoeBoxLove is an initiative that started in UAE by Baembu DXB and aims at sharing the Ramadan spirit with the workers. This year, this campaign was spotted by Azza and Lynn, they loved it and in less than 24 hours they were officially launching it here in Beirut, Lebanon.

Yalla, share their enthusiasm, get a shoe box, turn it inside out, and fill it with all sorts of items that the workers might need. Think of toothpaste, tea, phone cards, rice, soap, tuna, coffee and all other essentials.

This campaign is running until 20 July. Fill those boxes and drop them off in one of these places:
Gustav Innovation Sucrée (Hamra)
Mezyan (Hamra)
T-Marbouta (Hamra)
Floyd the Dog (Mar Mikhael)
(More TBA)

For more details, check their facebook event here.

Ramadan Kareem :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Short Stop Motion LEGO Animation: ADVENTURE IN THE CITY

Rogier Wieland, a creative director and animator based in the Hague, the Netherlands, wrote and directed this short film for LEGO china.

Titled "LEGO Adventure in the City" this animated film is narrated by a young boy whose wild imagination takes us on an adventure where a little snake saves the day from grey LEGO bricks and a dangerous loose dinosaur.

LEGO_ADVENTURE IN THE CITY from Rogier Wieland on Vimeo.

Watch how it was incredibly done here:

MAKING OF LEGO_ADVENTURE IN THE CITY from Rogier Wieland on Vimeo.

Written & Directed by 
Rogier Wieland

Lego China 

AKQA, Shanghai 

Production Company 
Black and Cameron, Shanghai 

Rogier Wieland 
Danièle Knirim 
Yoana Buzova 
Suus Hessling 
Raymon Wittenberg 
Iris van den Akker 

Danièle Knirim 

Voice Over talent & boy in snake suit 
Thomas Boyd 

Set Builders 
Matthias Hurtl 
Pieter-Henk van Wijk 

Special Thanks to 
Nadine Bradshaw 
Jasper van Blokland 
Jesse Hendriks 
Jean Villanueva 
Mickey Yang 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

"Consent" Explained in a Stick-Figure Animation

If you feel uneasy using f-words or even the word sex, here is a simple stick figure animation by Blue Seat Studios to explain the concept of consensual sex. A cup of tea replaces sex, in this hilarious short video.

tea consent from Blue Seat Studios on Vimeo.
A metaphor about consent!

script: Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess
video: blueseatstudios.com
narrator: Graham Wheeler
animation: Rachel Brian

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

His Tattoo on his Arm Comes to Life

If you thought tattoos are cool to have, this artist took that to an even cooler level. Sutu is an illustrator, interactive designer and writer. He integrates art and technology together to create new forms of storytelling.

Recently he animated the tattoo on his arm using augmented reality technology. You can find more of his work on his instagram.

A video posted by Sutu (@sutueatsflies) on

Monday, January 26, 2015

AIRMAIL PROJECT: Conversations through Posting Art

Almost a year ago, Lara Salmon emailed me about joining the Airmail Project.

Saba and Lara exchange looks.

She and I met during our first year in AUB’s Studio Arts program in 2005, and as luck would have it, we both lived in Los Angeles and flew in that year to Beirut. While we worked together on an art project in that time, the chance at collaborating again was a happy surprise.

In Lara's email, Richard Watkins opened the idea for the Airmail Project with this:

I saw this mostly as a chance to make something outside of my Studio Arts program, but in the end I was hooked to the idea of working with other artists on more than one artwork.

What better way to start things off than in the style of an “exquisite corpse”?

What is the Airmail Project?

The Airmail Project is an example of what artists can create together through long-distance postage.

Each artist had to start a piece, and then send it a second artist to work on it, who then had to send it to the third and final artist to complete the piece, and then send it back to Los Angeles.

As a result, there are 16 pieces in total - 15 of which made it to the shows in LA and Beirut, and 1 of which to this day is stuck in customs.

Richard was excited, for the longest time, about receiving packages with personalized notes, holding an item that is given to us for a short while and belongs not just to one of us.

These works highlight the conversation between the artists by showcasing the solutions each artist reached in contributing. Without getting into detail, the basic narrative of stages the artwork went through is as follows: within a given time, the first, second and third artist had to do something with the piece before sending it back.

The outcome

These works show the solutions each artist reached when they contributed to the artwork and the conversation between the artists. Many of us faced different challenges of meeting the requirements of the narrative, and had trouble meeting the deadline or lost the parcel before the first show in LA (still stuck in customs, the piece titled "Sleeping" missed its 1st and 2nd show).

Messages were exchanged between artists on Facebook. In this case, "Sleeping" was ill-fated. 

But the artwork made it this far! After passing through several locations, a fish in sea’s COMMUNITY space is the current place displaying the pieces. Amin Al-Dada, director of the space, helped relentlessly with arranging the show, designing the poster, and putting word out for the show - for free (considering the mileage on these pieces and the collection of stamps we have gathered, “free” is a much desired word to come across).

Amin Al-Dada, director of COMMUNITY, and Lara set up the show.

In the future, we might hear about the next two shows happening abroad and with them the start of a similar localized project. Will our own Lebanese / Regional Airmail Project take off some day?

Our own Airmail Project

I invite everyone to help initiate this project here. With the same process, the same narrative to follow, anyone practicing and/or specializing in art – painting, illustration, sculpture, silkscreen, etching, calligraphy, tattoo, photography – and writing can participate! Conversations through artwork between artists are short-lived, if it is practiced at all. This way, I think we can be a part of a globalized effort to celebrate each other as artists.

For further information and discussion on initiating a local-to-regional Airmail Project, please contact me at 03901269, or email me at saba.alsadr@gmail.com.

To find out more about the Airmail Project, the participating artists and its beginnings, please visit http://theairmailproject.tumblr.com. An article about the show in Los Angeles is available at http://artblitzla.com/the-airmail-project.

A few of the artworks on display.

About the space: 

a fish in sea is a company based in London, Beirut, Cape Town, and The Gold Coast offering design solutions for print and web. The Beirut-based company hosts art shows regularly in their joint space COMMUNITY for anyone who practices or aspires to a career in art – including painting, illustration, sketching, sculpture, art workshops, and more. For more information about the space and availability, please call +961 1 739 977, or email them at community@afishinsea.co.uk

About the author: 

Saba Sadr is an artist living in Beirut who works in community-based art projects. Her work is available for display on her blog pages at http://intraweaving.wordpress.com and http://outerweavings.wordpress.com.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

One Take - No PostProduction - Come Closer, Emmy Curl’s New MusicVideo

Filmmaker Nuno Barbosa pulls out the most visually striking Music Video. He uses the projection mapping technique for Emmy Curl’s latest single, Come Closer.

The whole video is one shot. No cuts. The director shoots multiple choreographed performances of the Portuguese singer-writer. Barbosa shoots front and side images of Curl, then again, under a special UV light, while she is covered with luminous paint. Finally, he projects those shots on her, and she performs her choreography one last time with slight changes and delays. The final result is a must-see. Words cannot express what was meticulously done.
"We want to show the imperfections and fragility of reality. The final result has an analogue feel that would have been impossible to achieve in a post-production environment." says Barbosa.


Music and Lyrics by Emmy Curl

Directed by Nuno Barbosa

Body Paintings by João Tiago Fernandes

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Unusual Christmas Ideas

If you are living in Lebanon, and are bored of the same gifts and ideas each and every year, skip the trend, the mainstream, and the traditional places you look at for inspiration, and scroll down for a few wacky ideas.

1- Recycle and make your own Christmas decorations

2 years ago, we researched and made a few decorations and adorned some of Beirut streets with them. Making them was fun, putting them up was fun, but discovering the next day that they were taken out overnight was more than depressing. I would definitely advise you to make some decorations with your little siblings, little kids, nephews and/or cousins. Just use them inside the house not on the streets.

Here are other examples on this Pinterest board.

Christmas Decorations in Beirut, 2012

source: 9GAG

2- Design a warmhearted video for your family or loved ones

Do not worry if you are not good with filming and editing. FADE IN has the workshop for you. The class is designed into 2 public sessions, each is 2 hours long, on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11, December from 6.30 to 9.30 PM. In addition to that, you get a third private session to finish your gift. In this workshop, you will formulate a story (not a slideshow), using your own pictures and videos, while learning professional editing to put them together for a fun surprise.

Fade In Christmas video workshop

3- Buy a Handmade gift from creative Lebanese Craftsmen

My friend has been running this place for some time, and it is definitely worth a visit. It is a shop in Badaro in the building of the Ministry of Industry. The Syndicate of Craftsmen in Lebanon operates it; it comprises the works of different skilled people across Lebanon.

Here are a few items that grabbed my attention:

4- 25 Handmade gifts under $5

If you are on a budget, do not worry, you can still make the gift. And guess what, a gift from the heart is worth a thousand gifts (even more). Go to this link http://worldinsidepictures.com/25-handmade-gifts-under-5/ and find a list of 25 gifts with their tutorials.

Fabric Scrap Keychain, tutorial

Bird Nest Necklaces, tutorial

 5- Put a smile on a stranger’s face

BlogBaladi shared this #heartbreaking picture on facebook. This kid, as well as many others (kids and adults), deserve to be happy in this world (during Christmas and any other time). When you are buying gifts for all your loved ones, remember this picture, and add a few more gifts for strangers who cannot afford one, or do not have loved ones to look after them.

source: blogbaladi

This list of ideas is not exhaustive.

If you have any other ideas, if you run a not-so-mainstream shop (mainstream shop owners can try too) that sells christmas gifts, please add them in a comment below or contact us on this mail info@247square.com and we would love to add them to the list above.
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