I SWEAR TO KURT

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  Last week, Shumon Basar asked me to write an open letter to Kurt Cobain and to my younger self in the 2nd person for an edition of his ongoing Live Magazine, FORMAT at the AA this week. It is exciting to be asked to write something about America instead of Qatar for a change! SEE THE LARGER … Continue reading

Everything is Awesome

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  Hey guys, so this The Future of the Future event in Vancouver was last week. I was too nervous/superstitious to post about it before. Due to the laws of alphabetisation, I really felt the pressure was on. You see, I’m still figuring out how to metabolise blind panic and abject terror into a casual, Ted talk sort of … Continue reading

Serpentine Bridge Commission: KING TIDE

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image courtesy of a website called “winds of jihad” Hans Ulrich Obrist likes to ask all his interviewees about their great unmade – basically, “What project do you wish to do but have never been able to?” Mine would not be a project. It would have been a summons. To have been able to take … Continue reading

TEXT OF TALK IN TANK

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This blog so neglected. But for my wreckords, there is this >>> VIEW INTERVIEW IN SITU Text by Shumon Basar (TANK YOU SHU!) Sci-fi Wahabi may or may not be the alter ego of Sophia Al Maria. If so, it’s akin to the human disguise David Bowie’s alien took (as Thomas Jerome Newton) in the … Continue reading

SIGN CRIMES/ROAD KILL & a repost of The Temple of Fashion

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The following is Joyce Nelson reading Victor Gruen the right act. Nevermind the dated references. Read if you have ever been in a mall, have just been in a mall, or are perhaps in one right now. The Temple of Fashion is an essay published originally in 1991 although I can’t find where it was originally published. … Continue reading

Poison Nostalgia + Panos Cosmatos

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A few years back I wrote this about a weird film I’d seen by chance in Qatar via a friend with fingers in all the festival pies. Beyond the Black Rainbow blew my tiny mind. Still does.  The director, Panos Cosmatos had wanted the essay to be included with the DVD on release but alas, a pamphlet … Continue reading

Between Distant Bodies No. 1 + No. 2

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This post is about Between Distant Bodies. The beginning of an infinite video that showed at Frieze in London a few weeks back. The idea for the piece began to coagulesce (not a word but should be) sometime in the last year around ideas of time travel in the Gulf and how  transience, transition, transgression and a … Continue reading

Transformers @ FORMAT 3: REALITY

The following is a version of a talk, a sort of refutation of the dominant understanding of the phrase Gulf Futurism I gave at FORMAT 3: ‘the live magazine’ at the Architectural Association last week. Our topic: REALITY (allcaps!) The series is ongoing throughout the month. If you are in London. GO! It was born … Continue reading

Ghostblog + Candid Cameras

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Dear erstwhile readers, I’d all but abandoned this blog after the publication of my first and possibly only book The Girl Who Fell To Earth came out last November. The publication of a version of my own personal history had an implosive effect on me – a sort of retrograde desire to unspeak, unblog and unbiographize myself. … Continue reading

Gulf Futurism in Dazed & Confused Magazine

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Like the endtimes, this is much belated. But the November issue of Dazed & Confused Magazine has a feature on Gulf Futurism as encompassed, encased and embodied by Fatima Al Qadiri and I. If you missed it, HASH.  Perhaps far more excitingly, Bruce Sterling wrote about it in his WIRED blog: “A weird Arab-futurist ideology bursting … Continue reading

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