Wednesday, 11 March 2009
And you would have to pronounce it right... kechapucha was organised in Kuwait for the first time under Dr Asseel alRagam, assistant professor at the architecture departement of Kuwait University. She said she had experienced similar activities during her graduate work and wanted to establish it in the Deera.
Well done Dr Asseel, it is now launched, audience was packed full, all were silent to see the 20 photos each in 20 seconds, to listen to ideas of each presenter. The choice of presenters was excellent. Diversity of backgrounds, difference of opinions, products, arts, design, creativity, questioning, linking the past to the future, comparing to other cultures, bringing out similarities. Ideas were thrown at the public and it needs time to process.
Each in his own way and his own capacity to address a crowd, talked and defended his idea in 6min40, threw in some humor, some dramatic tension, some blank space because he talked too fast and the slide will take 20 seconds to get to the other one...
May al Naquib started with a philosopher Gilles Deleuze who said people are missing, people no longer exist. She longs for the memory, the past and wonders were are all the subtile things not available today.
Thomas Modeen takes an active part and plans a manifesto with eight part as guidelines to set stage and make Kuwait the design center of the region.
Khalid al Hamad, young student wanted to justify simplicity in his approach and how it involves a lot of complexity.
Waleed Shalaan offered in visual impact a comparison between fashion architecture bling bling, economical crisis and eventually the need to go back to basics and do what kuwait has always done: green eco friendly buildings where people live in, rather than dancing towers or burj looking at the end of the desert.
Ghada al Kandari, artist, showed her in work in progress on a drawing. She stated clearly what she likes and what she dislikes. In the earnest manner, she interpreted the evolution of the drawing, gave names to the subjects, a role, an emotional life, pain, concern, curiosity, objects had a symbolism. She then pushed her story to the ultimate end and made each part fade in the darkness and the death of it all.
Lubna Abbas introduced the need to acknowledge craftsmanship, skills and repetition in the work to produce quality. She works on beads, ancient stitches and embroidery for necklaces. She has a full reflection on her work and how a simple ornamentation made her believe that :"if you allow the craft, it will open up the dream."
and a few more...
The standard was set high tonight, promises of three more kechapucha this year and the public will become fans. They are thirsty for more.
Posted by sarah at 21:26