Shubbak and creativity in the Arab world

Can the arts be harnessed to forge new identities for nations and at the same time open up dialogue on race, identity and religion? This, the power of creativity, was at the heart of Dubai Next, an interesting debate held at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. Hosted by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and to coincide with Shubbak, the biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture in London, the initiative is reviewing the role of the arts in forming nationhood.... Read More

Realism and the virtual world

We have just returned from an unforgettable trip to Tuscany, Italy. Perched on top of a very steep hill, distanced from the rush and noise of human life, we silently observed nature in its very finest form. Evenings were mostly spent listening to the music of birds and bees, at dusk drowned by the symphony of crickets. We observed the manic mass movement of ants at sunset as they hurried in unison carrying loads so big it was hard to see the insect beneath. We soaked in the... Read More

RCA Show: designers rethink the automobile

A flat-pack IKEA-style relief vehicle, a car born through the sound of music, a self-healing vehicle and a 21st century interpretation of the ancient burial ritual – these were some of the more inspired ideas at the Royal College of Art class of 2015 Vehicle Design graduation show. As the car evolves to be so much more than a mode of transport, tasked to be a home and office on the move, to seamlessly connect our worlds and to do so ecologically, students of transport design... Read More

Celebrating speed at Goodwood

Speed. There is something at once modern, advanced, superhuman, and utterly sexy about it. It demands a visceral reaction. Speed is about pure emotion. These are now famous words coined by the controversial founder of the Italian Futurist movement F. T. Marinetti who wrote in the 1909 manifesto: ‘We declare that the splendour of the world has been enriched by a new beauty, the beauty of speed. A racing automobile with its bonnet adorned with great tubes like serpents with... Read More