Lex-iconologies ( a virtual "Poly-logy") – 1st Book:
“A book that dreams of Twitter”.
I have been working with Twitter-like evolving galleries consisting of thumbnail “avatars” and their coded updates entered in the visual stream of virtual Twitter personae, essentially like "lemmas purporting to multifarious self-definition".
The book was printed in limited copies. It will be presented in an art show in Beirut, Lebanon, in July and will be part of a mobile art library.
(Excerpt from the preface:
[…] the stream fed me with all kinds of news, with breaking developments, and touched me deeply with personalized narratives about events that came to mean to me more than anything emanating from my immediate physical environment.
Interestingly enough, the handle of my main account had been “alwayssilent”. The thumbnail for this handle is the Lulu (pearl) roundabout monument in the capital of Bahrain. I adopted it without suspecting it was to become a utopian landmark: the monument was razed to the ground following the heavy crackdown of the regime on protesters in a surreal attempt to eliminate the symbolic sites from the map […]