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The Great Unmade: Two New Books For You

Omar Kholief and I have both written new books. He a novella called Jeddah Childhood circa 1994 and myself, an exhibition tie-in called Virgin With a Memory inspired by cheap novelisations of films (ahem) and John Boorman’s classic production diary Money Into Light. The two tomes are being paired together at Cornerhouse Manchester for 7 Quids and … Continue reading

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Gazing Gazeless Stare

“Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?” is on at the ICA this month during Safar: Festival of Popular Arab Cinema (19 – 25 Sep 2014). It includes work by Raed Yassin, Maha Maamoun, Mounira Al-Solh and excerpts from the archive of Abboudi Bou Jaoudeh. It also includes the below works which are related to the Sisyphean flow of molten rock called Beretta I’ve … Continue reading

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X Ray Spex

Cleaning up old hard drive and found this fine portraiture of 90s 5’aleeji intelligentsia in their finest facial wear. If you recognise any of these men from their visual aids. LMK. I can positively identify only one, Ahmad Yousef.

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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

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Everything is Awesome

  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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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