Thursday, December 18, 2014

Now on Instagram!

So it had to happen.... I opened an Instagram account, and I promise you this - there will be no photos of every meal... Actually, it will be an outlet for my artistic archive. Starting with the work above from the "tanaklogia" series.... Hope to meet you there!

The Devil's Anvil: Hard rock from the Middle East, 1967

Can you believe it? The Devil's Anvil, a very very early precursor of world music fused Arabic beats with Western ones since 1967. However instead of being met with unprecedented success, the outbreak of the 1967 war between Arabs and Israel the day the album was launched put an early end to American radio stations would not play the album. Make sure to listen to the music and try to understand how revolutionary it was for its time,

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tanmia copycats Hawa Chicken

Compare and contrast: Above Tanmia is bragging that "their sheet is clean (white)" (after the food contamination issues lately in Lebanon) with white meaning both the color and the word egg in Arabic. Ooooops, their major competitor Hawa Chicken already used that in an Easter ad in 2010....

Oum Ali, new video art by Tarek Chemaly

Georgina Rizk was elected Miss Universe in 1971 while representing Lebanon, the Christian beauty went on to marry Ali Hassan Salameh – Yasser Arafat’s chief of security for the PLO and the mastermind of the Munch’72 Olympics operation whereby Israeli athletes were slain by Palestinian guerilla fighters. In Arabic culture, a woman is named “mother of” after the name of her first male child (so “Oum Ali” refers to the child which was born 3 months after Salameh’s liquidation by the Mossad). When Rizk’s current (and second) husband – singer Walid Toufic appeared on television – he referred to her as “Oum Ali” to the furore of the Christian population who saw the beauty having a title which obviously refers to a Muslim name. The soundtrack of the ambient sounds ends with the way ABC television covered the Munich crisis.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holiday Inn, new video art by Tarek Chemaly

The famous hotel wars, are re-seen and re-imagined artistically… Somewhere between caricature, blood and kitsch. Set to the Bandali “Do you love me” – an Arab rock song way before its time.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Jazirat al Ahlam, new video art by Tarek Chemaly

Advertising heaven. Nothing but that. Young men and women in ads, doing impossible things on the beach, bikini clad ladies and rock solid muscled hunks in suspended lives. Soundtracked by the late Sabah's "Sa3at sa3at" (there are times) languishing tune which celebrates those instances or serenity and farniente in our lives.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

7UP goes back to the future with new logo.

Thankfully it seems PepsiCo is updating that corny logo for 7UP (from the current one which was boxy, boring and lacked joie de vivre) with one which seems more like a facelift from their old 50s branding. Yes, the "up" inside the bubble is still there reminiscent from the previous logo which was just mercifully killed, but the retro curves are back, the 7 and the lettering seem close to the old logo they paraded in the old days. I tried to over impose the grid from one logo to the other, and yes, there seemed to be an air de famille there (except there was more distortion in the newer version as compared to the old one in the photo above). But all of this is great news.... it seems 7UP is on its way to reaffirm that "it's cool to be clear"... Or even better, to the "uncola" daysl

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Alternative uses of bombs.

As flower pot....

As umbrella holder
See the power of recycling? Above are two alternative uses of bombs! Enjoy.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dalila Color, new video art by Tarek Chemaly

Dalila, Samar and Rima were photoromanze magazines for women, mixed with the louche ambiance of brothels, seduction, and “artistes” of the Zaytoune area (artiste is the code name for call girl), this video – set on the late Sabah’s song “maximum you can touch me” (from the movie “Man from Teheran”) – explores the limits of seductions in an oriental society.