Ricardo Mbarkho
Visual artist and Lecturer

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Ricardo Mbarkho

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What's new?


New article by Ricardo Mbarkho at MIT Press

Ricardo Mbarkho; What is at stake in the interaction between media arts and cultural industries in Lebanon. Leonardo 2021; doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/leon_a_02098


A bug in Galaxy Attack war game reminding Super Mario Clouds of Cory Arcangel

This is not the first time that something like this happens to me... 
For some mysterious reasons, everytime I query about what's beyond the profit capitalistic aspect of a game, an "error" or an "accident" occurs and turns the game into a poetic and experimental experience!
It happened with Hungry Shark Evolution, and now again with Galaxy Attack war game where almost everything in the game interface just disappears except a never ending kind of clouds surfing...


Screening. Jury Section. IFFBHLA.

Letting you know that 2 of Ricardo Mbarkho's videos will be screened online in the Jury Section of the International Film Festival Bosnia Herzegovina Looks Around (IFFBHLA) from Dec. 18th - 4 pm to Dec. 19th - 4 pm, 2020.
#festival #films #experimentalfilm #documentary #fiction #BosniaHerzegovina #docufiction #multinationality #multiethnicity #multireligiosity


Jury member at the International Film Festival Bosnia Herzegovina Looks Around (IFFBHLA)

Soon the International Film Festival Bosnia Herzegovina Looks Around (IFFBHLA) will take place in Paris. I'm glad I'm washing the films as jury member.


Le taboulé à la sauce nationale


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Monaco Yacht Show, ART UpCLOSE, Monaco

September 25-28, 2019


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Artexpo New York, ART UpCLOSE, USA

April 4-7, 2019


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Architectural Digest Show, ART UpCLOSE, New York, USA

March 21-24, 2019


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Los Angeles Art Show, ART UpCLOSE, LA, USA

January 19-23, 2019


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Red Dot Miami, ART UpCLOSE, Miami, USA

December 5-9, 2018


Listed in Art in America 2018


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Monaco Yacht Show, ART UpCLOSE, Monaco 

Booth QA10. September 26-29, 2018 in Monte Carlo under the high patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. ART UpClose.


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Artexpo New York, ART UpCLOSE, USA

Booth 441
April 19-22, 2018


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Architectural Digest Show, ART UpCLOSE, New York, USA 

Booth 519
Mars 22-25, 2018


Arts et politique culturelle dans le sud méditerranéen. Consistance et consolidation d’une demande sociale

Thrilled to be discussing the Lebanese art scene at « Arts et politique culturelle dans le sud méditerranéen. Consistance et consolidation d’une demande sociale ». A Study Day animated by Célia Hassani, Catherine Miller, and Gilles Suzanne. Aix-Marseille Université - France. 8 November 2017.


Ricardo Mbarkho @ Beirut Art Fair (Booth B8 - Mark Hachem Gallery)

21-24 September 2017


CHRONIQUES Alexandrie - Aix Marseille

A new book that is just released, talking about the artistic and educational cooperation between Alexandria and Aix Marseille, where Ricardo Mbarkho is a figure of this fertile adventure...


Representation of Alba (Beirut) at ANdEA (Strasbourg)

Ricardo Mbarkho represents Alba at the Summer Seminar of ANdEA at Strasbourg where the subject is the international mobility and the exchange between art schools.
Seminar title: A New Europe for a New World, the Art Schools in the Globalisation
7-8 September 2017


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Monaco Yacht Show, ART UpCLOSE, Monaco 

The digital images of Ricardo Mbarkho will be exhibited at Monaco Yacht Show (MYS). The show will take place on September 27-30, 2017 in Monte Carlo under the high patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Booth: ART UpCLOSE - Starboard Pavilion.


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Artexpo New York, ART UpCLOSE, USA

April 21-24, 2017


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Architectural Digest Show, ART UpCLOSE, New York, USA 

Booth #519
March 16-19, 2017
At Pier 92-94 in Manhattan


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Spectrum Miami art show, ART UpCLOSE, USA

The digital images of Ricardo Mbarkho: http://www.artupclose.com/ricardo-mbarkho will be exhibited at Spectrum Miami art show during Art Basel in Miami Beach (booth #417, ART UpCLOSE). [Nov. 30 - Dec 4, 2016].


Lecture by Ricardo Mbarkho about the "invisual" art at Acta Media 12. Colloque Multidisciplinaire Méta-auctorat – Paris, du 11 au 14 octobre 2016

Actamedia 12 - Colloque multidisciplinare of Processus Écriturales "Le Projet Méta-auctorat" performed by Colabor Research Center of Digital Languages University of São Paulo, on 11, 12, 13 and October 14, 2016 in partnership with the Institut des hautes études in arts plastiques / IHEAPand Maison du Brésil - Paris - France.

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Mouvement Art Technology, June 19, 2016 at 19 Côté Cour - 19 rue Marc Seguin - 75018 Paris - France

The Cairo Agreement. November 3, 1969
Pigmented print on photo paper
55.702 cm x 55.702 cm
Edition of one

This artwork, that will be exhibited at MAT, is a digital image based on the Cairo agreement signed by the Lebanese State in November 3, 1969. In order to obtain this image, the artist uses the capacity of the computer to render the file containing the text of this agreement as if it was image file. The computer calculated the binary code of the text file and generated the corresponding image.

Practical informations

Place: 19 Côté Cour - 19 rue Marc Seguin - 75018 Paris - France

Public Exhibition: Saturday 18 June, from 11am to 11pm, and Sunday 19 June 19, from 11am to 1pm.

Auction: Sunday 19 June at 3pm

Contact: matauctionparis@gmail.com

Informations: blancs-manteaux-auction.com/mat-juin-2016


Expert and curator:  Franck Ancel +

Direction Blancs-Manteaux Auction: Laurent Lacroix +

Direction 19 Côté Cour: Laurence Delsecco +

Exhibition scenography: Agathe Occhipinti +

Privat partners: Jean-Marc Scialom +

Coordination Assistant: Kristina Vegera +



Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Artexpo New York, ART UpCLOSE, USA

The digital images of Ricardo Mbarkho exibited at ART UpClose (Booth 438)
April 14-17, 2016
PIER 94, New York


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Architectural Digest Home Design Show, New York (ART UpCLOSE)

17-20 March, 2016



RCF - Joint conference - A.M.I./RCF - Marseille, France

On the 16th and 17th March 2016, A.M.I and the Roberto Cimetta Fund are organising a joint conference in partnership with the Villa Méditerranée in Marseille and with the support of the Region Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur. Ricardo Mbarkho's lecture is on March 17th, 2016, at 10:10 am, about socioeconomic models of creativity, and democracy.



Lecture (via Skype from Lebanon) @ Iheap (Paris) @ Jeu de Paume

Title: L’utilisation de l’espace social et politique comme support d’une pratique artistique
Type: Lecture (via Skype from Lebanon)
Context: Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (IHEAP) - Paris (France) @ Jeu de Paume
Date: December 18, 2015


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Spectrum Miami art show, ART UpCLOSE, USA

The digital images of Ricardo Mbarkho: http://www.artupclose.com/ricardo-mbarkho will be exhibited at Spectrum Miami (booth #415, ART UpCLOSE): http://spectrum-miami.com, 2-6 Dec. 2015


New article by Ricardo Mbarkho

“Pour une double définition des relations entre création médiatique et industries culturelles”, in Al Hikma journal, 3rd period, Eighth year, Number 14. October 2015. Lebanon.


Lecture (via Skype from Lebanon) @ Iheap (New York)

Title: The Lebanese National Tabbouleh Day
Type: Lecture (via Skype from Lebanon)
Context: IHEAP (New York) @ Ashok Jain Gallery - 58 Hester Street, New York, NY 10002
Date: September 24, 2015

Image "c
ourtesy" de Iheap New York.


Next exhibition: Arab Collective Art Exhibition, Mark Hachem gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

2015 (August 13 to September 16)


Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Artexpo New York, ART UpCLOSE, USA

The digital images of Ricardo Mbarkho exibited at ART UpClose (Booth 478)
April 23-26, 2015
PIER 94, New York


liban, carrefour d'échanges cuturels, Co-edition SHAMS-TRANSVERSITE, 2015

The online Website "Granding the Lebanese Constitution" (www.ricardombarkho.com/dastooronline/) by Ricardo Mbarkho is mentioned in this new book.

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Ricardo Mbarkho's digital images @ Architectural Digest Home Design Show, New York (booth #131, ART UpCLOSE)

19-22 March, 2015



New book talking about the Lebanese National Tabbouleh Day: Positive Lebanon - Edition Tamyras, 2014

Link to the book's page: http://lamaisondedition.tamyras.com/NosParutions_431_Positive_Lebanon.aspx

"Positive Lebanon est un hommage à la société civile libanaise, un pied-de-nez aux clichés et un merveilleux révélateur d’un Liban positif, dynamique et créatif. Destinés à ceux qui connaissent le Liban de près ou de loin, les presque 400 pages de Positive Lebanon sont dédiées à des ONG, associations, artistes et auteurs qui voient le Liban en positif."

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Next exhibition


Journée des écoles Supérieures d'Art de Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur et Monaco

Participation of Ricardo Mbarkho at the Journée des écoles Supérieures d'Art de Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur et Monaco, on next November 29 at la Villa Méditerranée, Marseille, to represent the Visual Arts school of the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (Alba) - University of Balamand - Beirut, Lebanon.



Ricardo Mbarkho @ Spectrum Miami

The digital printed images of Ricardo Mbarkho: http://www.artupclose.com/ricardo-mbarkho
will be exhibited at Spectrum Miami (booth #613, Contemporary Art Network): http://spectrum-miami.com


Next lecture: "Enjeux de l'art numérique : Histoire et nouvelle esthétique"

Lecture by Ricardo MBARKHO, in the frame of the international colloquium "Penser le numérique" (think the digital)
Institut d’études scéniques, audiovisuelles et cinématographiques - Saint-Joseph University - Beirut
Friday December 5, 2014. At 4 pm



Presentation of RAMI Plateform in Lebanon

"Claudine Dussolier, Abdo Nawar and Ricardo Mbarkho tell us about their upcoming book and about the RAMI Platform (Rencontres Arts et Multimédia Internationales) that develops since decade exchange projects on the international level in North Africa and in the med rim"

Link: http://creativedisturbance.org/podcast/presentation-de-la-plateforme-rami-au-liban/


Ricardo Mbarkho @ Creative Disturbance

"Creative Disturbance is an international, multilingual platform that provides a unique virtual environment for the intellectually curious across the globe to meet, network, collaborate, create, and socialize."


CONNECTED @ X-perimental Art Exhibition III. 19 May 2014


Next Exhibition: X-perimental III 2014

The online work by Ricardo Mbarkho, CONNECTED (http://www.ricardombarkho.com/connected/) will be exhibited at X-perimental III 2014. Opening on Monday May 19th, 2014 at 6pm. Beirut Souks, The Venue Gallery. Exhibition opens daily till May 29th, from 4pm to 7pm

The Exhibition will be moved to the Faculty of Architecture and Design - Al-Manar University of Tripoli. Al-Manar Boulevard, Abou Samra. Monday June 2, 2014 at 6pm, and 3-4 June 2014.


Collective exhibition at the Sunflower (Shams), Beirut, Lebanon

"Grading the Lebanese Constitution" exhibited at the Sunflower. From 3 to 5 March 2014. Opening March 3, 2014 at 8pm.

"Grading the Lebanese Constitution" is a web based project where people can make anonymous grading for any and every article of the actual Lebanese Constitution. An Overall Average Grade is constantly displayed and updated. This grading centered project with its mass evaluation process implies different ways of reading the numbers and graphs of all the statistical results. It's a work that deals with data interpretation to offer multiple analysis levels relative to our emotional and rational attitude toward the Constitution.

Website address: http://www.ricardombarkho.com/dastooronline/


Chapter in Cambridge Scholars Publishing

“Trauma Stimulated Art, or the Embodiment of Affect in Lebanon: An Allegory”, dans Traumatic Affect. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013


Next screening: videoART: Stop and Motion

16.10.2013, Wednesday, 20:00
Loft Art, pl. Żołnierza Polskiego 5
Blok tematyczny: videoART

Curator: Gabriele Leidloff


Next Exhibition : Beirut Art Fair

@ Mark Hachem Gallery


L'industrialisation des biens symboliques

By Bernard Miège, Philippe Bouquillion and Moeglin Pierre.
Ed. PUG (Presses Universitaires de Grenoble).

Image on cover, by Ricardo Mbarkho


Next Exhibition : Art Paris Art Fair

28 March to April 1, 2013
Grand Palais. Paris. France






Current group exhibition @ Visual Art Forum III

Visual Art Forum
From 31 October 2010 to 6 November 2012
UNESCO Palace - Beirut
Organized by LAAPS


Professional Encounter at ALTCITY (Hamra - Beirut)

In the frame of RAMI 3 dedicated to digital arts in Lebanon

"At the crossroads of visual art, video art, the performing arts and the arts in public space"

Professional Encounter: Saturday, October 27 from 15h to 18h at ALTCITY (www.altcity.me)

It will bring together artists, activists, programmers, managers of cultural organizations around the development of artistic projects and technological
- Presentation the Medialab experience at AltCity followed by a discussion.
- Discussion on the development of digital art in Lebanon and the types of projects that exist in universities and other spaces.
- Video art 50 years after its existence.

With: Mohamed Youssef (Egypt), Naoyuki TANAKA, a.k.a NAO (Japan), David Munir Nabti – AltCity (Lebanon), Karaj- (Lebanon), Marc Mercier-Les Instants Vidéo (France), Claire Duport (France), Ricardo Mbarkho (Lebanon), Claudine Dussollier (France) Abdo Nawar-SHAMS-ICARE (Lebanon)
Free admission

Info: http://rami.zinclafriche.org/spip.php?article420


RAMI 3.0


Rencontres Internationales Art et Multimédia
À la croisée des arts visuels, de l’art vidéo, des arts de la scène et des arts en espace public

Du 22 octobre au 2 novembre 2012 à Beyrouth

Séminaire « Art politique, art et politique»
Dates : les 26, 31 Octobre, et le 2 Novembre

Claire Duport et Ricardo Mbarkho proposent une réflexion et un travail de définition de l’art politique, et des liens entre art et politique; à partir de notions théoriques et d'une analyse d'œuvres numériques, seront interrogés la portée esthétique et éthique de l'art politique. A travers la pensée de Bruno Latour pour Claire Duport, et à travers son œuvre numérique pour Ricardo Mbarkho, un échange d’idées critiques aura lieu entre les deux intervenants, suivi d’une discussion avec les étudiants dans le contexte de plusieurs universités.


Prélude à la création des « Multaka Ibn Rochd »

30 & 31 octobre 2012
Prélude à la création des « Multaka Ibn Rochd »
deux tables rondes inscrites « sous le signe d’Averroès », organisées par Shams
en marge du salon du Livre francophone de Beyrouth

Pour la première fois cette année, les Rencontres d’Averroès françaises trouvent un prolongement au Liban, à l’initiative de Shams, en collaboration avec l’Institut Français de Beyrouth, Zinc, les Instants Vidéo, Espaceculture et la région PACA.
Ces deux tables rondes qui se tiendront fin octobre constituent un prélude à la création des « Multaka Ibn Rochd », édition libanaise des Rencontres d’Averroès orientée sur les problématiques artistiques et culturelles qui traversent le monde méditerranéen.

Le thème « Culture de la révolution, révolution des cultures » sera décliné lors de deux tables rondes. Dans un monde arabe agité, bouleversé voire écroulé, les débats évoqueront les changements sociopolitiques et culturels en place dans le monde arabes et seront diffusés sous forme audio/vidéo sur le site des Rencontres d’Averroés et SHAMS. Ils feront écho à la deuxième table ronde des Rencontres de Marseille « Entre renaissance citoyenne et transparence politique, révolution numérique ou contrôle des libertés ».

La première table ronde évoquera le recours aux technologies de la communication et de l’information dans tous les domaines, et singulièrement dans la culture, impliquant à la fois les artistes et les citoyens pour vivre la société 2.0, la subir ou l’inventer. La deuxième table reviendra sur le printemps arabe - révolution et culture : une révolution culturelle ou une culture de révolutions – sous des angles scientifiques et artistiques.

1er table ronde mardi 30 octobre
«Les artistes et la révolution numérique», animée par Claudine Dussolier [géographe, auteur, responsable de projets culturels et multimédia]
Avec :
Claire Duport, sociologue
Marc Mercier, réalisateur et directeur des Instants Vidéo
Ricardo Mbarkho, Artiste, chercheur et enseignant au Liban/ Réseau Yasmin
Georges Dorlian, responsable des relations internationales de l’Université de Balamand [Liban]

2e table ronde mercredi 31 octobre
«Un printemps ou un hiver Arabe!»,
Avec :
Nicolas Dot-Pouillard, Chercheur MAEE en sciences politiques à l'Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO).
Pierre Abi Saab , journaliste et écrivain
Roger Assaf, homme de théâtre et écrivain
Yves Gonzalez Quijano, chercheur et écrivain

INFO : Abdo Nawar – anawar@shamslb.org


Ontology of the media

The online artwork CONNECTED is analyzed in the new book by Prof. Mario Costa "Ontology of the media". The book will be available in bookstores, in Milan already next week and later in the rest of Italy.

Preview of the book:

About the author:


Computer Art Congress 3 - PostDigital Art

The digital images of Ricardo Mbarkho will be exhibited at CAC.3 - PostDigital Art

November 26-28 @ 104.fr, Paris, France



"Fine Pixels". Solo Show @ Mark Hachem Gallery - Beirut

Ricardo Mbarkho
Fine Pixels

Opening Reception - Tuesday May 15, 6-9 pm
The exhibition will run until May 29, 2012

Mark Hachem Gallery
Capital Gardens
Salloum Street
Mina el Hosn
Beirut Central District

T +961 1 999 313
E beirut@markhachem.com
W www.markhachem.com


"Grading the Lebanese Constitution" @ XX Beirut

Grading the Lebanese Constitution
Net.Art, 2011

Will be exhibited at the X-Perimental X-Hibition

Opening: Wed. April 25, 2012, at 6 pm
The exhibition will run from April 25 to May 2, 2012, 4-7 pm
Place : At the galleries space of Istoria and Maqam - Saifi Village - Beirut

"Grading the Lebanese Constitution" is a web based project by Ricardo Mbarkho where people can make anonymous grading for any and every article of the actual Lebanese Constitution. An Overall Average Grade is constantly displayed and updated. This grading centered project with its mass evaluation process implies different ways of reading the numbers and graphs of all the statistical results. It's a work that deals with data interpretation to offer multiple analysis levels relative to our emotional and rational attitude toward the Constitution.


10e Édition du Prix UNESCO-Sharjah pour la culture arabe

Official ceremony of the prize.
Monday, Feb. 27, 2012
Maison de l’UNESCO, Paris – Room I

Round Tables : Art and Culture, instruments for peace

03:30 pm
View on the new forms of artistic expression of the young Arabs

− M. Bensalem Himmich (Morocco – laureate 2003)
− M. Abdelwahab Bouhdiba (Tunisia – laureate 2004)
− M. Cherif Khaznadar (France – laureate 2010)
− M. Elias Khoury (Lebanon – laureate 2011)
− Mme Isabella Camera d’Afflitto, President of the international Jury
Moderators : M. Ricardo Mbarkho, artist (Lebanon) and Mme Teresa Wagner, The Prize coordinator


ARAMEANS / Next screening

Art Video Exchange, in collaboration with Small Projects Gallery, Tromsø, Norway. 3-4-5 March, 2012


Ricardo Mbarkho, digital artist



Next exhibition

Contemporary Istanbul
24-27 November, 2011

@ Galerie Mark Hachem
Booth No. IKM205


ARAMEANS / Next screenings

Lebanon (2007), Video, 3 min 36 sec

will be screened at the Festival CologneOFF:
- CeC 2012 - Carnival of e-Creativity, India. 24-26 February 2012

- Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico. 14-18 November, 2011


Next exhibition

Visual Art Forum 2011

25 October - 1 November 2011
Opening: 25 October 2011 at 6 pm


Video lecture @ www.digitalarti.com



Next exhibition

MENASART FAIR at BIEL, Downtown - Beirut.
Mark Hachem Gallery
July 13-16, 2011


The Lebanese National Tabbouleh Day 2011

Since 2001, a yearly national day, celebrated the first Saturday of the month of July (this year the 2nd of July 2011), is dedicated to TABBOULEH. During this day, Lebanese and their friends everywhere in the world meet in private or in public around this king of the mezzé.

This year, a big public gathering is organized at Souk el Tayeb that will take place in the Parking of the Beirut Exhibition Center at BIEL (Downtown - Beirut), where there will be public savoring and competitions of the best TABBOULEH from 10:30 am to 11:30 am (www.soukeltayeb.com).



Conferences on the history and the future of the Internet.

Centre de ressources / La Gaité Lyrique
3 bis rue Papin
Paris, France

Friday June 10TH 2011·

07:00pm - 10:00pm

Free entrance


On New Media and Creativity in the Lebanese Setting: 2008-2011

@ The MIT Press

In this text, I comments on how globalization and new media have fostered change and creative pursuits in Lebanon from 2008-2011.

Click on the picture to activate the link.


Grading the Lebanese Constitution

Today I opened the new online project 'Grading the Lebanese Constitution', that is a web based project where people can make anonymous grading for any and every article of the actual Lebanese Constitution. An Overall Average Grade is constantly displayed and updated. This grading centered project with its mass evaluation process implies different ways of reading the numbers and graphs of all the statistical results. It's a work that deals with data interpretation to offer multiple analysis levels relative to our emotional and rational attitude toward the Constitution.



The Works section of this Website is updated


"More than normal" put on YouTube...



Prize for New Media artwork

The Prize of the Lebanese Ministry of Culture for the Contemporary Arts in the Visual Art Forum 2010, went to me :-) for the digital artwork: "Digital Visuals from Lebanon"
The Prices distribution ceremony took place at the UNESCO Palace (Beirut) yesterday, November 2, 2010 at 5 pm


"Digital Visuals from Lebanon" at the Visual Art Forum - Beirut

Visual Art Forum
From 26 October 2010 to 2 November 2010
UNESCO Palace - Beirut
Organized by LAAPS


17e Biennale de Paris, Nicosia, 19-25 oct. 2010

Reinventing the terminology of art

The 17th Biennale de Paris is taking place where things are occurring.
From 19 to 25 October 2010, it is in Nicosia in partnership with Artos
Foundation around the project "Reinventing the terminology of art".

Art was built by successive liberations from its own values. New practices
appeared along with new terms. A term always arises from an existing
practice and defines it thus that it was hitherto indefinable. Name it is
to have it exist. Moreover it allows a progression and an extension of the
practice from which it is deriving. The terminology of art has changed
very little over the last fifty years. Accepting the immobility of the
terminology of art would be admitting the impossibility of historical
continuity. On the contrary, a renewed terminology is an encouraging sign
that art is being transformed. This is why an update has become essential.
The nature of the Biennale de Paris constitutive steps means that the
usual art words are insufficient to realise, to identify or to describe
them. In that, new words or terms are necessary. These terms are laying
the foundations of a new art terminology.

Thursday, October 21st, 2010
Artos Foundation
17:00 - 21:00

Greeting by Ms Louli Michaelidou, Cultural Services, Ministry of Education
and Culture, on behalf of Mr. Pavlos Paraskevas, Director of Cultural

Greeting by Ms Eleni Mavrou, Mayor of Nicosia

Greeting by Elpida Keravnou, President of CUT Governing Board


Alexandre Gurita
Strategist in the field of art, Director of the Biennale de Paris since 2000
Subject : "Invisual"

Loic Depecker
Linguist and terminologist, founder and President of the French
terminology company
Subject : "Terminology and real"

Ghislain Mollet-Vieville
Art agent, art critic, art collector, expert adviser, member of the
International Association of Art Critics
Subject : "Art agent & non-artistic art"

Genevieve Breerette
Art critic and journalist, President of the French section of the
International Association of Art Critics
Subject. : "Art by terminology"

Achilleas Kentonis
Artist, researcher, founder and Artistic Director of the Artos Foundation
Subject : "Data Cities / Meta-environments"

Jean-Baptiste Farkas
Artistic activities, professor at the Fine Art School in La Reunion
Subject : "To operate in real"

Round Table (closed to the public)
Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Artos Foundation
10:00 - 13:00
16:00 - 20:30

At this round table, different point of views on the need to update the
art terminology will be shared.


Jean-Baptiste Farkas (France)
Activités artistiques.
Wednesday, October 20
Artos Foundation
O. O. Workshop: "Useless, impractical, embarrassing? Give us the objects
you want to get rid of!"

Ricardo Mbarkho (Lebanon)
Artist, professor Labanese Academie of Fine arts, Beyrouth
October 20-24
Artos Foundation
"National Lebanese Tabbouleh Day"

Patrizio Travagli (Italy)
Artist, Director of the School of Fine arts, Florence.
October 20-25
Peace Room, Ledras
"Talking Bulbheads"

Paul Robert (France)
Artiste runner, teacher Academie de Versailles.
Saturday, October 23
Peace Room, Ledras
"The Runner"

Achilleas Kentonis (Chyprus)
Artist, researcher,
October 23
Peace Room, Ledras
"Imbalanced Echoeing : Accidental private feedback"

Ellada Evangelou, Projects coordination
Caroline Keppi-Gurita, Assistant officer at the Biennale de Paris
Foivos Liasidis, Managing Director


Biennale de Paris
Building on an outstanding historical heritage, key driver of the art of
the second half of the twentieth century, the Biennale de Paris revives
today, fifty years after its creation by André Malraux with the
fundamentals of its creator, experimentation and confidence in youth,
while meeting the challenges of the 21st century art. In a global and
highly polished art world, it has the ambition to be a place where borders
and bodies of authority are finally exceeded. It is a strategy serving
dissident practices in mainstream art. Its goal is to change the idea of
art. It is promoting invisual* practices and in that the Biennale de Paris
is supporting an art without art works, exhibitions, curators and without
an audience.

*New word of art which refers to an artistic practice stripped of all
visual character.

Artos Foundation
A contemporary arts and science center dedicated to research and
creativity: two magical worlds of adventure and discovery, encompassing
sojourns into the fields of learning, chaos and imagination. Its premises,
both transcendental and material, inspire the contemporary artist/creator
and the scientist/creator alike, offering to both a platform, promoting
them at a local and international level, with quality being the main
criterion. ARTos is unique in its kind, harmoniously uniting, through a
pre-Socratic approach, Art and Science, with the addressor, as well as the
ultimate addressee, Man. The ARTos Foundation aspires to play the role of
attracting and challenging the contemporary artist/creator as well as the
scientist/researcher, both of whom, through their eternally-inquisitive
and insatiable nature, question and doubt, always striving to go one step
further. ARTos is that space where creative ideas will be born and take
shape free of exploitation, and with the intellectual rights of the
inspirers and creators being firmly and respectfully established and


Ville de Paris, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DGLFLF),
Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, Municipality of Nicosia,
Société française de terminologie, International Association of Art
Critics, International Association of Art Critics - France, Organisation
Internationale de la Francophonie, La Générale en Manufacture, Cyprus
University of Technology, French Cultural Center in Cyprus.


Artos Foundation
64, Ay. Omoloyites Ave.
1080 Nicosia
T: +357 22 445 455
F: +357 22 818 128
E: info@artosfoundation.org

Biennale de Paris
BP 358
75868 Paris cedex 18
Tel : 0033 6 72 47 14 67
Email : caroline.keppi-gurita@biennaledeparis.org


TURBULENCES VIDÉO #69. Portrait d’artiste : Ricardo Mbarkho.

VIDEOFORMES publie une revue trimestrielle qui traite de l'art actuel
en général et des arts numériques en particulier...

VIDEOFORMES publishes a quarterly magazine about video
and digital media in contemporary art...

Au sommaire / featured

Chroniques en mouvement
>William Forsythe par Geneviève Charras
>André S. Labarthe : tout doit disparaître par Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret
>ENCORE ! 14ème Biennale de la Danse de Lyon - Trisha Brown en majuscule, en majesté par Geneviève Charras
>L’Enduit par Stephen Sarrazin

Portrait d’artiste : Ricardo Mbarkho
>Interview de Ricardo Mbarkho par Gabriel Soucheyre
>À la rencontre de l’Autre… par Évelyne Rogue
>Plus que normal par Dieter Wieczorek
>Gare de Lyon - Juvisy / Plus que normal par Évelyne Rogue
>Le Moi collectif par Fred Forest
>CV & Bio
>Portrait Vidéo

Les œuvres en scène
>Jan KOPP, La Bataille des images (Bilderstreit), 2009 par Ghislaine Perichet

Téléchargement / download


Next exhibition: Politique 0

Politique 0

From Friday October 1, to Sunday October 3, 2010
at the Espace Niemeyer, Communist Party Bldg., 2 Place du Colonel Fabien, Paris.

Free entrance.

Politique Zéro is organized by Upgrade! Paris, les éditions MF, and RYBN.ORG

/ Program

/ Opening time
Friday 6pm-11pm
Saturday 11am-11pm
Sunday 11am-7pm


Art and Sciences in the Mediterranean Rim. Which inter-cultural situation? IMéRA, Marseille

In the frame of the program ASIL by the IMéRA, and the research residency of the Egyptian artist Mohamed Hassan YOUSSEF, in coproduction with ZINC, and in the frame of the franco egyptian year for science, the IMéRA and ZINC propose a workshop to reflect on the theme:

Art and Sciences in the Mediterranean Rim. Which inter-cultural situation?
Testimonies and strategies.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
At the MMSH in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Workshop open for artists, scientists, researchers and students. Free entrance upon registration - around 70 people.

Ricardo Mbarkho (Representing the YASMIN network in Lebanon) and Claudine Dussolier (RAMI/ZINC) will cover the subject: A PANORAMIC POSSIBLE VIEW relations between art and sciences in the Mediterranean region. The participation of Ricardo Mbarkho will be from Lebanon, via video.

IMéRA / L’Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées
2 place Le Verrier
13004 Marseille



In 2001, I initiated a yearly national day, celebrated the first Saturday of the month of July (this year the 3-7-2010), is dedicated to TABBOULEH.

The TABBOULEH is the most famous Lebanese traditional dish, adulated by all the inhabitants of the cedar’s country, and adopted by number of gastronomes in the world. It’s a dish that unites, in a country torn by wars and tensions; a symbolic dish by the diversity of its ingredients: Like the Lebanese nation, its delicate harmony is threatened anytime that one of its components is separated or even neglected, while its colors, green, white and red are those of the Lebanese flag.

During this day, Lebanese and their friends everywhere in the world meet in private or in public around this king of the mezzé. This artistic, cultural, gastronomic and touristy feast presents them an opportunity to show and to reinforce their attachment to their country. This year, a big public gathering is organized at Souk el Tayeb in Saifi Village (downtown - Beirut), where savoring and competitions of the best TABBOULEH will take place (www.soukeltayeb.com).

In 2007, the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism granted its approval and its patronage officially for the NATIONAL TABBOULEH DAY.

Let's celebrate all together the next NATIONAL TABBOULEH DAY that will take place on Saturday July 3, 2010.


Each one has from art what art has from itself

Since 1999, I've been spreading the contact information of many people who accept to be contacted by anyone informed about their availability. “Each one has from art what art has from itself » is the title of this art activity.

In April 28, 2010, a new list will be released in the frame of a collective exhibition at the LAA Gallery, Beirut.



Video Art exhibition in the frame of LES VAGAMONDES festival

With Lamia Joreige, Ricardo Mbarkho, Jalal Toufic, Ziad Antar, Nadim Asfar

From November 17, 2009 to November 27, 2009

Théâtre de l’Agora, scène nationale d’Evry et de l’Essonne
Place de l’Agora - BP46 - 91002 Evry cedex


Article by Pascale Azar

Al-Nahar Newspaper


Communautés et réseaux internationaux de création numérique

Pannelists: Alexandre Castonguay (Artengine network), Ricardo Mbarkho (Yasmin network), Génova (Blender community), Marika Dermineur (Upgrade and Incident.net networks), Abdo Nawar et Claudine Dussolier (Rami network)…

September 29, 2009. From 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm. Village des partenaires, Saifi, Beirut.


Ricardo Mbarkho, créateur numérique libanais en colère

Article by Laurence Le Saux


Enjeux de la création numérique

Speakers: Ricardo Mbarkho and Marika Dermineur

September 28, 2009.At 07:15 pm. Village des partenaires, Saif, Beirut.


Exhibition at PIECE UNIQUE gallery, Saifi, Beirut Downtown

"Digital Visuals from Lebanon"
by Ricardo Mbarkho. © June 2008.

A series of 8 digital images, printed on photo papers, based on the numerous agreements signed by the Lebanese State since the independence of Lebanon. In order to obtain these images, the artist uses the capacity of the computer to render the files containing the texts of these agreements as if they were image files. The computer calculated the binary code of each text file and generated the corresponding image.

The series will be exhibited at PIECE UNIQUE gallery, Saifi, Beirut Downtown, in the frame of CREA NUMERICA.

From September 28 to October 6, 2009. 11h am to 7 pm.


"SINCE ART", Solo exhibition of Ricardo Mbarkho. microARTos, Madrid

Curated by Ricardo Echevarria


Zurita 17
Madrid (Spain)

Time: 5-12 June, 2009
Opening: June 5, at 08:30 pm
The exhibition is open daily from 11:00 am to 09:30 pm


ARTos presents Windows Upon Oceans: BEAUTY IS THE bEAST

- Curated by Achilleas Kentonis:
20/5(20:30) - 29/5 ARTos-Lefkosia (Cyprus)
23/5(20:30) Old Port-Lemesos (Cyprus)

- Curated by Ricardo Echevarria:
5 - 12/6 microARTos-Madrid (Spain): Solo exhibition of Ricardo Mbarkho

As part of its activities as the Cultural Observatory of Middle East, ARTos Foundation is organizing the Exhibition ‘Beauty is the bEAST’ in the wider framework of the exhibition ‘Windows Upon Oceans’ which will be held in five European countries.

On the part of Cyprus, the exhibition will be 3-scaled, presenting the art work of artists from the Middle East in Nicosia, Limassol and Madrid. The exhibition will include projections of video art, photography, performances and installations of artists who were located during ARTos’ research trips to Lebanon and Egypt.

The exhibition ‘Windows Upon Oceans’ is the closing event of the three year European program Artventure in which take part, apart from Cyprus, Greece, France, Belgium and Poland. The main aim of the program is to identify new forms of artistic expression, to promote mobility of the artists, artworks and cultural operators by means of travelling exhibitions and screenings, residencies and artistic presentations throughout Europe.

The exhibition will be held in the following venues:

• 20 – 27 May 2009 ARTos Foundation Lefkosia
• 23 May 2009 Pier of the old port Lemesos
• 5 – 12 June 2009 Micro-Artos in Madrid (Solo exhibition of Ricardo Mbarkho, Curated by Ricardo Echevarria).

For more info contact
Cyprus: Tel 22 445455


April 2009 YASMIN Discussion: New Media: User

April 2009 YASMIN Discussion: New Media: User's Behavior, Social Systems, and the Body Politic

This discussion deals with how (new) media can affect local behaviours related to creativity and innovation within a socio-political context, and what is the link between politic and the ways that users behave.
We are interested in exploring how artistic and cultural expression in a given location can be affected by global networked systems, and the interactions with social systems and behaviours. The Intention behind artworks vs. new media as a device for being in touch, so for being creative.

SMS strategies can affect politics and democracy, especially with programs based on mass voting via SMS; depending on the voting results, this social activity can challenge the community isolation versus the fear of dissolution into a more regional or global system.
Politics uses (new) media when planning and imagining dozens of utopian models for the country; but media power is explored on the other hand by artists who reflect the absurdity of the politic.

Virtual social networks maintain difficult relations caused by economical necessities that force families to disperse physically in order to seek living. In this vibrant atmosphere, the identity and belonging convictions are often scrambled by the eclectic media content.

Questions that are raised include:
- Is (new) media a tool which reinforces people's creativity and how it is expressed in terms of social behaviour?
- How are democracy and social connectivity via new media related?
- Are global and local systems two separate entities, or is it about one place?
- What is the impact of the media content on identity in your socio-politic sphere?
- How is the economy affecting visual forms of communication?
- Do artworks emerge from a specific Intention or from media models constrained by business requirements?
- What new roles do virtual social networks adopt to maintain difficult relations?



Ricardo Mbarkho

Ricardo Mbarkho is an artist and lecturer. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1974. His works and lectures take part in many publications, media, and in education and art institutions and events in Lebanon and internationally. In his work, he often uses new media to tackle questions mainly related to human relations and belonging issues within the socio-political sphere. Ricardo Mbarkho received his Art Diplomas from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and Ecole Supérieure d’Etudes Cinématographiques, Paris, France and from Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts, Beirut. He also completed an exchange study program at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. He teaches art, video, and new media at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Beirut. Currently, he lives and works in Lebanon and France.


Invited Respondents:

Jordan Crandall

Jordan Crandall (http://jordancrandall.com) is a media artist and theorist based in Los Angeles. He is Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego. He is currently at work on a multi-platform media work entitled "Showing," which looks at ecologies of display and the construction of the self through stagings, arousals, extensions, and intimacies. He is also at work on a development of assemblage theory that focuses on network ecologies, emergent presencing, and the dynamics of desire. He is the founding editor of the new online journal Version (http://version.org).


Annie Paul

Annie Paul works at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, where she heads the Annie Paul works at the University of the West Indies, Mona , Jamaica , where she heads the Publications Section of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES). She is a founding editor of the journal Small Axe (Duke University Press) and the recipient of a grant from the Prince Claus Fund ( Netherlands ) in support of her book project, Suitable Subjects: Visual Art and Popular Culture in Postcolonial Jamaica. She has also been a contributor to the prestigious Documenta11; the AICA 2000 International Congress & Symposium at the Tate Gallery of Modern Art, London; Meridien Masterpieces, BBC World Service; Dialogos Iberoamericanos (Valencia, Spain); the Guangzhou Triennale and in forums sponsored by Iniva (Institute of International Visual Art, London). Paul is author of the blog Active Voice (http://anniepaulactivevoice.blogspot.com) and
her website is: http://www.anniepaul.com/


Eugenio Tisselli Vélez

Born in Mexico City, 1972. Writer, teacher and programmer. His areas of interest include digital narratives and technology as a tool/medium for social research. His work (installation, performance, software, text and net.art) has been featured in different festivals and exhibitions around the world, and is available at www.motorhueso.net. He is the developer of zexe.net, a mobile communication project for groups in risk of exclusion, initiated by Antoni Abad. He worked as an Associate Researcher at Sony Computer Science Lab in Paris. Currently, he is a teacher and co-director of the Master in Digital Arts at the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.


Delphine Tonglet

Graduated in History of Art, Delphine Tonglet collaborates with Studio Azzurro, an Italian group of video creation from 2000 to 2008 as responsible for public relations (www.studioazzurro.com). During her collaboration with Studio Azzurro she followed the project "Méditations Méditerranées, a two years production presented as a exhibition dedicated to Mediterranean area interpreted with new technologies language and other productions for exhibitions or museums dedicated to various thematic with a particular attention on territories aspects and visitor’s involvement. For Studio Azzurro, she coordinated various research projects financed by European Commission, a first one dedicated to digital libraries (www.brickscommunity.org) and a second one dedicated to multimodal interfaces applied to digital theatre (www.callas-newmedia.eu); She also followed RAMI a Mediterranean project focused on Encounters on Arts and Multimedia
(http://rami.lafriche.org/). In 2009, she started a new collaboration with yoox.com, a global internet retailing partner for the leading fashion and design brand as coordinator of special projects, multidisciplinary projects related to fashion, culture, design and art.


Tereza Wagner

Tereza Wagner an art historian and a UNESCO Senior Programme Specialist dealing with arts and creative issues www.unesco.org. Her graduate and undergraduate degrees are from Paris V University, France, including a doctorate in Anthropology of Contemporary Arts. Former member of UNESCO’s Arts and Cultural Enterprise Division, she is now in charge of the co-ordination of cultural events within the Cultural sector of UNESCO. During her career in UNESCO, her work operates within the framework of a professional team of specialists on an international scale: They initiated the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts www.unesco.org/culture/creativity/prize, which includes the new UNESCO Digital Award; and launched an international campaign for film restoration including an international festival of recently restored films; and a programme for the teaching of arts which lead to the creation of the LEA International web site www.unesco.org/lea; and to the
holding of the first World Conference on Arts Education “Building Creative Capacities for the 21st Century” (March 2006, Lisbon, Portugal). She leaded the DigiArts programme: UNESCO Knowledge Portal http://portal.unesco.org/digiarts, an initiative to promote ICT creative tools and e-Learning among people at school level. She has also published articles on African cinema, African contemporary arts and arts education in specialised magazines.


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"Arameans" by Ricardo Mbarkho at FIAV - Casablanca

The video « Arameans » by Ricardo Mbarkho will be screened at the 16th edition of FIAV (Festival International d’Art Vidéo de Casablanca). 21 - 25 April, 2009. Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines. Ben M’Sik - Casablanca.


The catalog of the festival VIDEOFORMES 2009

The catalog of VIDEOFORMES 2009 is now available at:

http://www.videoformes-fest-engl.com (For the English version)

and on:

http://www.videoformes-fest.com (For the French version)


"Arameans" by Ricardo Mbarkho at Signes de Nuit Festival - Paris - France

Lebanon (2007), Video, 3 min 36 sec

This video questions the mobility of the Arameans in the Lebanese social context; this is through the example of an Assyrian woman who has undergone one of the explosions in Beirut. Since they moved from Iraq, until their departure from Syria, are the Arameans who hold their language and their religion pursued again by terrorism in Lebanon?

Screened at:

- French Cultural Center, Beirut. Exhibition: « Image : Fixe, Mobile, Animée ». From February 10, 2009 to March 6, 2009
- VIDEOFORMES Festival, Clermont-Ferrand - France. March 2009
- Festival International Signes de Nuit Paris, in the frame of REJECT Festival 2009, Rotterdam, Holland. January 24, 2009
- INVIDEO Festival, Milano, Italy. November 14, 2008
- 21th Instants Video Festival, Marseille, France. November 2008
- Oslo Screen Festival, Oslo. Norway. October 2008
- LiteSide Festival, Westergasfabriek Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 22-23-24 August 2008
- LOOP'08 Festival, Barcelona. 6-18 May 2008
- International Festival Sarajevo Winter "Barricades without borders", Video-Salon 3 at the galerie10m2, Sarajevo. From 7 to 21 of March 2008
- transmediale.08, Berlin, Germany. January 30, 2008
- Goethe-Institut, Beirut, Lebanon. October 29, 2007 to November 1, 2007




"FrancoLABS est une base de données ayant pour objectif principal de recenser les résumés de thèses et de masters en langue française, déjà soutenus et toutes disciplines confondues, dont le sujet se situe à l’intersection des arts, des sciences et des technologies."

"Les résumés proposés sont évalués par un Comité d’Evaluation qui valide leur sélection et leur mise en ligne. Les résumés ayant retenu particulièrement l’attention des experts seront publiés dans LEONARDO ou dans Leonardo Electronic Almanac - LEA .

Membres du Comité d’Evaluation :

Baetens Jan, professeur d’études culturelles à l’Université de Louvain (Belgique)

Battier Marc, professeur des Universités, UFR de Musique et musicologie de l’Université Paris IV- Sorbonne, responsable du MINT-OMF (France)

Bootz Philippe , agrégé de physique, docteur en physique, docteur en communication, et maître de conférences à Paris 8, membre du Laboratoire Paragraphe et du Laboratoire de Musique Informatique de Marseille, directeur de publication de la revue universitaire Regards Croisés/Crossed Looks (France)

Glykos Allain, Maître de conférences (philosophie) à l’Université Bordeaux 1 (France)

Hauser Jens, critique d’art contemporain, commissaire d’exposition et écrivain, chargé de recherches et de cours (sciences des médias) à la Ruhr Universität Bochum (Allemagne)

Hurlimann Thierry, associé et coordonnateur de recherches, chargé de cours en bioéthique à la Faculté de médecine de l’Université de Montréal (Québec)

Jimenez Marc, professeur des Universités (Esthétique et sciences de l’art), Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne , directeur du Laboratoire d’Esthétique théorique et appliquée - LETA, directeur de la Collection d’Esthétique aux éditions Klincksieck - Les Belles Lettres (France)

Mandelbrojt Jacques , peintre et physicien théoricien, professeur émérite à l’Université de Provence (France)

Mbarkho Ricardo , artiste et professeur à l’Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Beyrouth (Liban)

Palmiéri Christine, artiste et professeure associée CIAM-UQAM en arts médiatiques (Québec)

Picon-Vallin Béatrice, directrice du Laboratoire de recherches sur les arts du spectacle au CNRS, ARIAS (France)

Poissant Louise, doyenne de la Faculté des arts de l’UQAM et professeure à l’École des arts visuels et médiatiques de l’UQAM (Québec)

Pouillaude Frédéric, Maître de conférences à l’U.F.R. de Philosophie de l’Université Paris IV-Sorbonne (France)

Vion-Dury Jean, Maître de Conférences en Biophysique Médicale, praticien hospitalier, chercheur à l’Institut des Neurosciences Cognitives de la Méditerranée de Marseille (France)"


Exhibition: "Image : fixe, mobile, animée"

Opening: 10 February 2009. 06:30 pm
Exhibition from 11 February 2009 till 6 March 2009. 01:00 pm to 07:00 pm
Place: Galery of the Centre Culturel Français - Beirut.

Reine Abbas, Lisa Abdo, Ziad Abillama, Dina Abou Karam, Amandine Brenas, Charbel Chamoun, Hala Dabaji, Nayla Dabaji, Hiba Daroub, Gilbert El Hage, Ziad Feghali, Elsa Ghossoub, Kinda Hassan, Johanne Issa, Frederic Lezmi, Ricardo Mbarkho, Ghada Salem, Sarah Srage, Dona Timani.


"Arameans" by Ricardo Mbarkho at VIDEOFORMES Festival - Clermont-Ferrand - France



"Arameans" by Ricardo Mbarkho at REJECT Festival 2009, Rotterdam, Holland

A selection by Dieter Wieczorek, Director of the International Festival Signes de Nuit (Paris).
Saturday 24 January, 8 pm



"Arameans" by Ricardo Mbarkho at Espace Harmattan - Paris

A selection by Serge Seroff of Lebanese videos will be screened at Espace l'Harmattan - Paris. December 20, 2008. 8 pm


You can see the video "Arameans" on this site

The video “Arameans” by Ricardo Mbarkho is now entirely available online on this site.

Lebanon (2007), video, color, 3 min 36 sec

This video questions the mobility of the Arameans in the Lebanese social context; this is through the example of an Assyrian woman who has undergone one of the explosions in Beirut. Since they moved from Iraq, until their departure from Syria, are the Arameans who hold their language and their religion pursued again by terrorism in Lebanon?

Click on the image to see the video


"Arameans" by Ricardo Mbarkho at INVIDEO Festival - Milano

Place and date: Spazio Oberdan - Milano (Italy). Friday November 14, 2008, at 03:30 pm



"Arameans" by Ricardo Mbarkho at lagalerie - Paris

Place and date:
27, Rue de La Forge Royale
75011 Paris

From Octobre 23 to November 29, 2008


CONNECTED by Ricardo Mbarkho at the Sunflower


Dawar el Shams (The Sunflower)
Beirut - Lebanon.

October 24, 2008, from 4 pm till 6am

In the frame of the "White Night"


"Arameans" by Ricardo Mbarkho at Oslo Screen Festival

Lebanon (2007), DV, 3'36''
This video questions the mobility of the Arameans; this is through the example of an Assyrian woman who has undergone one of the explosions in Beirut. Are the Arameans who hold their language and their religion pursued again by terrorism in Lebanon?

Friday 24/10 at 19:00 Opening party at Sound of Mu
Saturday 25/10 at 13:00-18:00 Screening at Cinematheque
Sunday 26/10 at 13:00-18:00 Screening at Cinematheque


Next exhibition

Emirates Palace
Nov. 17 - 21, 2008



"Arameans" by Ricardo Mbarkho at 21th Instants Video Festival

Place and date : Marseille, Friche la Belle de Mai (Cartonnerie), November 10th, 208



LiteSide Festival

"Arameans", video by Ricardo Mbarkho will be screened at LiteSide Festival. Westergasfabriek Amsterdam.

22-23-24 August 2008.



This week at Al Hurra TV

This week at Al Hurra TV, Ricardo Mbarkho is invited to take part of the program "Very Close" (Karib Jeddan) run by Joseph Eisawi. A special edition about video and installation arts.

Saturday 19 Jul 19:10 GMT (22:10 Beirut Time)

Air Dates:
Saturday @ 19:10 GMT (22:10 Beirut)
Sunday @ 02:00 GMT (05:00 Beirut) Repeat
Sunday @ 08:10 GMT (11:10 Beirut) Repeat
Sunday @ 14:10 GMT (17:10 Beirut) Repeat

An hour-long interview with important cultural figures from the Middle East. Hosted by Joseph Eisawi.


The National Lebanese Tabbouleh Day. 2008

A yearly national day dedicated to Tabbouleh, celebrated the first Saturday of the month of July. This year, for the 8th year, it’s in the 5th of July 2008.

The Tabbouleh is the most famous Lebanese traditional dish, adulated by all the inhabitants of the cedar’s country, and adopted by number of gastronomes in the world. It’s a symbolic dish by the diversity of its ingredients: Like the Lebanese nation, its delicate harmony is threatened anytime that one of its components is separated or even neglected, while its colors, green, white and red are those of the Lebanese flag.

During this day, Lebanese and their friends everywhere in the world meet in private or in public around this king of the mezzé. This artistic, cultural, gastronomic and touristy feast presents them an opportunity to show and to reinforce their attachment to their country. How? It is sufficient that each one eats the Tabbouleh while knowing that he or she is sharing it with all Lebanese people in the world and their friends! Let's celebrate all together the next NATIONAL DAY OF THE TABBOULEH!


LEBANON NOW. Press Revue

Recent articles appeared or to appear in the Newspapers about the exhibition “LEBANON NOW”. List includes:
- Al Anbaa, June 17, 2008
- Al Balad. June 23, 2008
- L’Orient-Le Jour. June 26, 2008
- Al-Mustaqbal. June 27, 2008
- Al Nahar (soon)
- La Revue du Liban (current release)
- thenational.ae (soon)
- Al Safir (soon)

And on TV channels: TL, LBCI, OTV, Future TV and KSA 2.

The exhibition is running from 21 to 30 June 2008. Between 11 am and 7 pm (except Sundays)

Al Wagf Addurzi Bldg. 2nd floor. Verdun Street. Beirut

INFORMATION: Suzanne Khairallah. Mobile: +961 3 756 404. Email: lbaaps@gmail.com



Opening: June 20, 2008. 6 pm
21 – 30 of June, 2008. 11 am – 7 pm

Al Wagf Addurzi Bldg. 2nd floor. Verdun Street. Beirut

INFORMATION: Suzanne Khairallah. Mobile: +961 3 756 404. Email: lbaaps@gmail.com

The Association of Lebanese Artists presents « Lebanon Now », the art exhibition of the new media. Sponsored by USAID, this exhibition shows works done with the latest technological means. These works question Lebanon today, which is more disconcerting and intriguing than ever. The artists experiment with the binary code and look at Information and Communication Technology from a new perspective. The artists « tell » their Lebanon through the elements of their numerical world, i.e. images, sound, and words. This event transposes the observer (turned into user) into a new aesthetical experiment.

The participation of Ricardo Mbarkho:

Type of work: Digital images
Title: Digital visuals from Lebanon
© 2008
Ricardo Mbarkho presents « Digital visuals from Lebanon », a series of digital images printed on large format photo papers based on the numerous agreements signed by the Lebanese State since the independence of Lebanon. In order to obtain these images, the artist uses the capacity of the computer to render the files containing the texts of these agreements as if they were image files. The computer calculated the binary code of each text file and generated the corresponding image. The series comprises images of binary codes of texts such as: the Doha agreement, the Taef accord, the Lebanon-Syria Treaty of Brotherhood, Cooperation and Coordination, the tripartite agreement, the Cairo agreement, the national pact, the Lebanese constitution, as well as the word « Lebanon » itself.


Art et Internet, the new book of Fred Forest

Cercle d’art, 2008 128 p. ISBN 978-2-7022-0864-9

The artists in the book are:
Robert Adrian X, Mark Amerika, Jean-Claude Anglade, Roy Ascott, Olivier Auber, Doug Back, Jean-Pierre Balpe, Stephan Baron, Maurice Benayoun, Joseph Beuys, Simon Biggs, Stéphanie Boisset, Maurizio Bolognini, Nathalie Bookchin, Christophe Bruno, Heath Buntig, Grégory Chatonsky, Ferdinand Corte, Douglas Davis, Bernard Demiaux et Anna Rosa Richardson, Marc Denjean, Daniel Dewaele, Reynald Drouhin, Marc Em, Etoy.corporation, Fred Forest, Nicolas Frespech, Kit Galloway et Sherie Rabinowitz, Ken Goldberg, David Guez, Éléonore Hellio, GH Hovagymian, Jodi, Eduardo Kac, Natan Karczmar, Olga Kisseleva, Tom Klinkowstein, Sophie Lavaud, Christian Lavigne, Olia Lialina, Jean-Paul Longavesne, John Maeda, Judy Malloy, Ricardo Mbarkho, Laurent Mignonneau et Christa Sommerer, Bonnie Mitchell, Mouchette, Muntadas, Mark Napier, Joseph Nechvatal, Nam June Paik, Gilbertto Prado, Karen O’Rourke, Antoine Schmitt, Alexeï Shulgin, Norman White.


"Arameans" by Ricardo Mbarkho at LOOP

"Arameans" by Ricardo Mbarkho
Lebanon (2007), video, color, 3 min 36 sec
will be screened at LOOP Festival Barcelona. The sixth edition, LOOP’08 will open its doors from May 6th to 18th, 2008.


This video questions the mobility of the Arameans in the Lebanese social context; this is through the example of an Assyrian woman who has undergone one of the explosions in Beirut. Since they moved from Iraq, until their departure from Syria, are the Arameans who hold their language and their religion pursued again by terrorism in Lebanon?

« Arameans » is already screened at:
- International Festival Sarajevo Winter "Barricades without borders", Video-Salon 3 at the galerie10m2, Sarajevo. From 7 to 21 of March 2008
- transmediale.08, House of World Culture, Berlin, Germany. January 30, 2008
- Goethe-Institut, Beirut, Lebanon. October 29, 2007 to November 1, 2007



// CONGRESS // Haus der Jugend (HdJ) // FRI. 25. APR 2008 // 17:30 H

From: www.emaf.de:

Beirut and Media Art today
Presentation by Ricardo Mbarkho

In his lecture, Ricardo Mbarkho talks about today's media art scene in Beirut. He also shows a selection of videos where many approaches are tackled to question the identity crisis in today's Lebanese socio-political and cultural sphere. The war on Lebanon since 1975 remains a major concern for the multicultural Lebanese society. Today, Lebanon is witnessing one of its tensest political divisions, and failed to elect a president able to bridge the gap between the current government and the opposition. The impact between the Middle East conflict, the media system and art is raised by Mbarkho from the geographical and the historical angles.


"Arameans" by Ricardo Mbarkho at the galerie10m2, Sarajevo

The video « Arameans » - Lebanon (2007), 3 min 36 sec – will be screened in the frame of the international festival Sarajevo Winter "Barricades without borders", Video-Salon 3 at the galerie10m2, Sarajevo.
Exhibition from 7 to 21 of March 2008

Stakleni Grad, Feradija 17,
71000 Sarajevo
+387 063 952 197


Today in Al Anwar Daily Lebanese Newspaper

An article by Claude Abou Chacra about the Lebanese participation at the festival transmediale.08 Berlin

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Today in L’Orient LE JOUR

‘Trois Libanais « conspirent » à la Transmediale.08’, a french article by Maya Ghandour Hert

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"Arameans" by Ricardo Mbarkho at transmediale.08 Berlin

“Arameans” by Ricardo Mbarkho
Lebanon (2007), video, 3 min 36 sec

will be screened at

festival for art and digital culture berlin

For further information and for reservation please contact Tina Ebner
(te[at]transmediale[dot]de, +49 (0)30 24 749 775).

Direct link: http://www.transmediale.de/site/en/programm/filmvideo/


On the front page at iLoubnan.info, an article by Diana Kahil

Today on the front page, you can see on iLoubnan ( http://www.iloubnan.info ) an acticle by Diana Kahil about Ricardo Mbarkho (with an Interview). Direct link: http://www.iloubnan.info/Ricardo-Mbarkho-You-must-live-your


RAMI International Encounters on Arts and Multimedia - Alexandria (Egypt)

Ricardo Mbarkho talking about art and the digital tools at the Atelier of Alexandria, on November 24, 2007.


RAMI International Encounters on Arts and Multimedia - Alexandria (Egypt)

Ricardo Mbarkho talking about art and new media at the University of Alexandria, Fine Arts School, on November 25, 2007.


RAMI International Encounters on Arts and Multimedia - Alexandria (Egypt)

From 19 to 25 November 2007 in Atelier of Alexandria. Atelier of Alexandria: 6, Victor Bassili St,Shallalt In the frame of the XXIV th Biennale of Arts of Alexandria, ZINC/ECM, SHAMS, Studio AZZURRO, ATELIER d’Alexandrie, partners of RAMI invite you to: Encounters “Arts and multimedia relationships” stay on the Saturday 24 November from 2 to 9 pm in the ATELIER. A seminar with Ricardo Mbarkho, artist from Lebanon, researcher and teacher, member of Yasmin network, is organized in Alexandria University, on Sunday 25 November from 12 to 3 pm Event: Intermedia, an experimental concert from Cairo drived by Nahla Mattar and a performance from Lebanese Duo using live drawing and electronic music on Sunday evening November 25th at 8 pm in Bibliotheca Alexandrina small theatre During this week, from 5 to 10 pm the ATELIER of Alexandria is organizing in its place a “Cultural multimedia space” During one week, works will be shown, works in progress will be presented, open discussions about relationships between arts and new technologies and new needs, for artists and cultural actors and institutions. Short workshops will be done about: production, communication, free soft wares for arts and editing, editing video and artistic web sites… Focus: In the Atelier, Friday 23th from 4 to 7 pm, session around blog for artists Exhibition of the Table of Sharif El Sayed and Mohamed Youssef. From Monday 19 November to Sunday 25 November from 5 to 10 pm.


La Revue du Liban” (No 4131. From 10 to 17 of November, 2007)

In the current release of « La Revue du Liban », you can find and article by Nicole Malhamé Harfouche about the video exhibition at the Goethe-Institut (Beirut) where video art works from Germany as well as video art works from Lebanon were screened. Direct link: http://www.rdl.com.lb/2007/q4/4131/arts.html


Video Art in Germany + Video Art in Lebanon

40 YEARS OF VIDEO ART IN GERMANY From 29.10.2007 to 1.11.2007 6 pm - 8.30 pm Opening: 29.10. at 6 pm Goethe-Institut, Beirut The Goethe-Institut Lebanon presents a selection of the best and most remarkable works of video art of the last forty years in Germany. The videos will be shown in a multiple-screen artistic installation at the Goethe-Institut, along with a collection of works by Lebanese video artists compiled by SHAMS. PS. The video “Arameans” by Ricardo Mbarkho is screened in the SHAMS compilation. Contact: Lilly Ottens Goethe-Institut Cultural Program Department 11, rue Bliss Beirut - Lebanon Tel: +961-(0)1-740524 / 745058 Fax: +961-(0)1-743524 ottens@beirut.goethe.org www.goethe.de/beirut


Seminar by Ricardo Mbarkho at RAMI

With this seminar, participants widen their knowledge, experiments and research in art using new media. They study and think the New Technologies of Information and Communication (Internet/Cyberspace, mobiles, satellites, digital networks, interactive games, etc.) with their impact on the artist’s social and political environment, and how this impact is or could be shaped in their projects. So what are the new possibilities to experiment with? How to collaborate with electronic engineers and scientists for this purpose? What are the new esthetics that were never possible before the invention of the virtual/cyberspace, of the interactivity, and of the digital network with the Internet? This seminar is theory and aesthetic oriented; a research laboratory in new media art is thus implemented in class. The aim is to cover a quick overview on the history of new media art in order to analyze art works and understand the judgment criterion for this new esthetic. The participants are constantly oriented to define and locate their positioning as artists operating in the new media field, within the global today’s art practices.


"Art and New Media" seminar at R A M I - International Encounters on Arts and Multimedia

October 4 -15, 2007 in Beirut / Step 5

The RAMI project is an international platform for experimentation, exchange and circulation dedicated to contemporary creation, digital tools and multimedia in the Mediterranean.
Developed by SHAMS-Beirut, ZINC/ECM-Marseilles, l'ATELIER of Alexandria and ASTAR-Milan between September 2006 and December 2007, the RAMI project is hold in 7 steps in Marseille, Aix, Beirut and Alexandria.
In this step, three workshops, two research seminars, one technical unit and several "cartes blanches" will be animated by French, Italian, Lebanese and Egyptian artists.

The call for participants' candidature is opened particularly in Lebanon and Egypt and, under budgetary consideration, for Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria and Syria.

Deadline has been extended until the 2th of September 2007.
Answers will be done around the 12 of September.

Site : http://rami.lafriche.org
Contact: ramiproject@lafriche.org

Rami is financed by Anna Lindh Foundation, Al Mawred Al Sakafi Al Arabi, Dramastica Institute, Open Society Institute, Ford Foundation, French Cultural Centre in Beirut, Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Ministère des affaires étrangères français. Rami is endorsed by the Goethe Institut, la Bibliothéca Alexandrina, the Yasmin network, and the CCF d’Alexandrie...


Al Nahar

July 8, 2007: Article about the 7th Edition of the National Tabbouleh Day as celebrated at Souk el Tayeb (Downtown Beirut), in Al Nahar newspaper - Lebanon


L'Orient - Le Jour

Today, an article by Carla Henoud: "À vos taboulés, prêts, partez !" See also the Editorial of the newspaper by Nagib Aoun: "Une question de goût"


Al Balad

2007, July 8: [Arabic] Article by Christie Abou-Farah, "The Tabbouleh in its National Day", in Al Balad - Lebanon http://www.nationaltabboulehday.com


Today in "L'Orient - Le Jour"

Today in "L'Orient - Le Jour" newspaper: An article by Maya Ghandour Hert, '«Tabouleurs » du monde entier, unissez-vous !'


International Encounters on Arts and Multimedia

On May 12, 2007, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Ricardo Mbarkho will be representing YASMIN at the RAMI meeting in Beirut on May 12, 2007. The RAMI project is a platform for experimentation and diffusion that, over a period running from September 2006 to December 2007, will organize international meetings based on contemporary creation, digital tools and multimedia. For more information: RAMI: International Encounters on Arts and Multimedia http://www.media.uoa.gr/yasmin/viewtopic.php?t=1789


Catalog: Biennale de Paris - Edition XV

The catalog of the XVth Biennale de Paris is released. It is distributed by Paris Musée. You can acquire it by contacting the organization committee of the Biennial - Tel.: 00 33 1 42294823 - E-mail: information@biennaledeparis.org - URL: http://www.biennaledeparis.org PS. The catalog includes the information about the "Lebanese National Tabbouleh Day" proposed by Ricardo Mbarkho.


Arab Digital Expression camps - July & August, 2007

Arab Digital Expression camps - a project related to education for children from Arab countries – will take place in Egypt in July and August 2007. Team Misr (the project initiator company) invited Ricardo Mbarak to take part of the Curriculum Developers meeting in Cairo to finalize the basic goals, objective, measurements and suggested material and methodology for the curricula to be implemented during the camps. This includes curriculum development for digital film and video; visual design (print and digital); digital music and web design. Definition: A residential summer camp for Arab youth aged between 12 and 15. The three-week camp will teach them how to proficiently use technological tools in the world of communications media to promote expression through image, sound and print. The camp will be an opportunity for 160 children from several Arab countries to exercise these tools in a free and fun environment. Location and Dates: The camps will take place in two sessions, July and August 2007, in the luscious green location of the Gulf Soleimaniyah Resort which is 50 km away from Cairo on the Cairo-Alex road. First session: 8-28 July, 2007 Second session: 4-24 August, 2007 Contact: Ranwa Yehia – Project coordinator C/o Team Misr, 4 al-Ahram St. Upper Plateau, Mokattam, Cairo, Egypt ranwayehia@googlemail.com


Beirut – The video practice

B-312 Gallery, Montréal – Canada Next exhibition: Beirut – The video practice September 9 to October 14, 2006. Opening at 3 pm Curators: Ricardo Mbarak & Wadih Safieddine URL http://www.galerieb-312.qc.ca Galerie B-312, 372 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, espace 403, Montréal (Québec) H3B 1A2 | (514) 874-9423 | b-312@galerieb-312.qc.ca The Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12 to 5 pm


Fair Play 2006 Video Festival, July 13 – 31, 2006, Berlin

PLAY_gallery for still and motion pictures is pleased to announce “Fair Play 2006 Video Festival” July 13 – 31, 2006 The gallery is open Wed – Sat, 2 – 7pm ---- The Proposal Committee of this edition is composed by: - Ahu Antmen (TR) art critic and freelance curator in Istanbul (TR) - Luca Beatrice (IT) art critic and curator, professor at Brera Art Academy, Milan (IT) - Yann Beauvais (FR) filmmaker, curator and founder of Light Cone, Paris (FR) - Madeleine Bernstorff (DE) member of the selection committee at Film Festival Oberhausen '06 (DE) - Ricardo Mbarak (LB) new media artist and University Professor in Beirut (LB) - Mihnea Mircan (RO) curator among other at MNAC Bucharest (RO) and Palais De Tokyo Paris (FR) - Thomas Munz (DE) film & video curator and chief editor at transmediale, Berlin (DE) - Nestor Olhagaray (CL) director of Bienal de Video y Nuevos Medios in Santiago / Chile (CL) - Barbara Perea (MX) curator at MUCA Roma, Mexico City (MX) - Mark Webber (UK) independent curator and programme advisor at London Film Festival (UK) ---- Jury members of Fair Play 2006 are: - Nathalie Angles (US) curator at Location One New York (US) - Marc Glöde (DE) curator, assistant professor and research fellow in Film Studies at FU Berlin (DE) - Birgit Kohler (DE) film expert, programme curator, Freunde der deutschen Kinemathek Berlin (DE) - Harm Lux (NL) independent curator in Berlin (DE) - Chus Martínez (ES) director at Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main (DE) - Ivica Pinjuh (BA) film critic and professor assistant at Sarajevo University (BA) - Sven Wörner (DE) founder member of Cinémathèque Leipzig (DE) - Peter Zorn (DE) curator, filmmaker, new media expert founder member of Werkleitz Biennale (DE) ---- PLAY_gallery for still and motion pictures hannoversche strasse 1 d-10115 berlin t+49-30-2345 5753 f+49-30-2345 5754 www.pushthebuttonplay.com opening hours: wed-sat 2-7pm



An annual national day, which is the first Saturday of the month of July, is dedicated to TABBOULEH where all the Lebanese people celebrate this link between each other and their home country. TABBOULEH is known as one of the famous and traditional Lebanese dish that every Lebanese loves. In this day, Lebanese and friends around the world gather in private or in public to celebrate and enjoy the taste of TABBOULLEH. This gathering demonstrates and strengthens their love and integrity with Lebanon and carries a lot of meanings to the Lebanese community wherever they are in this world. This unique social gathering and experience that we will share all together wherever we are, will strengthen our communication, coherence and cooperation in the name of the Free and Independent LEBANON. So let us all participate in the upcoming LEBANESE NATIONAL TABBOULEH DAY which will be on Saturday, July 01, 2006. Alf sa7tayn w hana ------- In 2006, THE 6th LEBANESE NATIONAL TABBOULEH DAY is presented by the BIENNALE DE PARIS: BIENNALE DE PARIS Communiqué du 22 juin 2006 --------------------------------------------- THE LEBANESE NATIONAL TABBOULEH DAY Location: Beirut, Lebanon Date: 07.01.2006 The 15th Paris Biennial which will take place from the 1st until the 31st of October 2006 in Paris (France) and abroad presents the National Lebanese Tabbouleh Day. This Day is celebrated each year, on the first Saturday of July. This year it will take place on the 1st of July, for the sixth consecutive year. This gathering of the Lebanese community around a traditional meal is opened to everyone and without pretension. Its only ambition is to try to smooth the tensions and divisions suffered by a people bruised by a thirty-year-long war. This simple and original approach was launched in 2001 by Ricardo Mbarak, artist and professor at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, Beirut. Since then the celebrators have grown in number and have circulated the information via Internet and word of mouth. Thanks to this initiative more than 240 000 people in Lebanon, Canada, the United States and Europe have gathered in 2005. So it's up to you to spread the news and join us around this meal: all you need is the right recipe, a bit of friendliness and cheerfulness. Recipe: 350 g bulgur or cracked wheat 5 minced bunches of parsley 2 snipped bunches of mint 3 diced tomatoes 1 sliced small green onion 1 sliced small white onion A thin line of olive oil Lemon juice, salt and pepper Cook the bulgur following instructions on packet. Slice the onions and add pepper and salt Add parsley and mint Pour olive oil and lemon juice and mix thoroughly Add the tomatoes dices. "The idea is not to eat the meal as such. It happens in your head, in the acknowledgement of this common link". Ricardo Mbarak --------------------------------------------- Céline Amadis Chargée d'Information Journée Nationale Libanaise du Tabouleh celine.amadis@biennaledeparis.org T: + 33 (0)6 63 30 84 68 --------------------------------------------- Biennale de Paris BP 358 75868 Paris cedex 18 France T: + 33 (0)1 42 58 21 44 contact@biennaledeparis.org http://www.biennaledeparis.org ---------------------------------------------


Art, Design and Technology in the Arab States. Dubai

Online platform on art, design and technology in the Arab States, permits oral language to become images reflecting the rich Arab cultural environment. The UNESCO DigiArts Team organized an experts meeting on the evaluation and stocktaking of the Masters Module on Art, Design and Technology in the Arab States on 9 April 2006, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at the Kitabat: Arabic Calligraphy and Typography Conference. Twenty one students completed the online part of the module and submitted project proposals in applying their newly acquainted skills in creative thinking, writing and design. Online teachers expressed their surprise in the success of the course and complemented the enthusiasm of the students, but also the quality of the visual material that was produced. The online environment managed and hosted by the MediaLab in Helsinki, permitted not only an in-depth exchange of ideas and documentation on the visual environment in the Arab States but dialogue among students also served as motivation to create artworks reflecting their rich cultural environment. The online course material included Arabic typography and design culture, Typographic Landscape in the Arab world, and the introduction to Art and New Media in the Arab States, with a case-study of Lebanon. The experts meeting permitted furthermore the organizers to finalize the logistics for the second part of the online and face-to-face Masters module “Digital imaging in art and design”, to take place at ALBA (Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts), AUB (American University of Beirut) and LAU (Lebanese American University) starting from 26 June 2006. Fourteen students from 5 countries in the Arab States with different academic backgrounds were selected to participate in the second module. Lastly, next steps were discussed in expanding the network of universities in the region involved in Art, Design and Technology and promoting the masters initiative within the Arab States. The American University in Dubai is thanked for their hospitality in organizing the intervention of DigiArts in the Kitabat: Arabic Calligraphy and Typography Conference and the logistical support provided for the Experts Meeting. The Conference is an example of the growing demand of interest in Arabic calligraphy and typographic design in the region and the need to map a future for the Arabic script that is fully engaged with both the latest technologies and knowledge of its rich past. For more information, please see: http://www.unesco.org/culture/digiarts/arabstates/training Or http://moodle.uiah.fi/unesco



FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE FILM ET VIDEO DE CREATION New moving images 2nd Edition Cinema Empire Sofil - Beirut From 2nd till 5th of March, 2006 > Presentation: In parallel to the commercial circuits of the movie theatres, another form of creation exists ; not for the simple contradiction in the construction, but to satisfy another cultural need, to widen the creation field of the authors and to raise awareness aesthetically, artistically and culturally. This is how the FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE FILM ET VIDEO DE CREATION takes position among the contemporary art events today. The FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE FILM ET VIDEO DE CREATION is a festival that takes place in Beirut (Lebanon), and joins selections from multiples film and video festivals on the globe. The FESTIVAL is a project by the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA, Balamand University) – Sin El Fil, and the Goethe-Institut - Beirut, in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands’ Embassy and Zico House. > Program at: http://www.fifvc.com


Art, Design and Technology Master Classes in the Arab States

UNESCO, in cooperation with LAU (Lebanese American University), AUB (American University of Beirut), ALBA (Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts), and other universities around the Arab region propose the creation of a master module on Art, Design and Technology for Arab States. The project aims at bridging the gap between academic disciplines of computer science and that of creative practice. The master module combines computing, design and creative practice. The first master class will be organized on an experimental basis in 2005-2006 and will be evaluated by a panel of participating universities before being integrated into existing curricula in the region. This master module will be divided in three main parts: Part 1: Online courses and discussions Part 2: Face to face course in Beirut, Lebanon Part 3: Final Project to be submitted online ------- Part 1.1 is : Introduction to Art and new Media in the Arab States, with a case-study of Lebanon 31 October – 13 November 2005 Teacher: Ricardo Mbarak The course will provide students with a general background on Art and New Media in the Arab Countries. The course includes a case-study of Art and New Media scene in Lebanon. Week 1: Introduction to art, science and technology in the Arab countries Week 2: A case-study and an analysis of the new media art scene in Lebanon ------- Link to the e-learning interface: http://moodle.uiah.fi/unesco


"Gare de Lyon - Juvisy" at Back Stage, Beirut. October 26, 2005. 9 pm

The video "Gare de Lyon - Juvisy" by Ricardo Mbarak - France (1999), color, 52 min (English subtitles) - will be screened at Back Stage (In front of "Institut Pasteur", next to Espace SD) Gemmayze, Beirut, Lebanon. October 26, 2005 at 9 pm


Les Voûtes, Paris. October 1st, 2005

The video “Plus que normal” by Ricardo Mbarak will be presented in the video/film selection of Festival Signes de Nuit on trip, at the: “Parcours officiels de la NUIT BLANCHE 2005 à Paris” Date and time: Saturday, October 1st, 2005. From 7 pm till 7 am Place: Les Voûtes 19, Rue des Frigos 75013 Paris http://www.lesvoutes.org You can find the program at: http://www.signesdenuit.com/voyage/05_10_Nuit%20blanche.html


UN WSIS Contributory Conference on ICT & Creativity

The Web Site of the "UN WSIS Contributory Conference on ICT & Creativity" is updated with videos and documents about the conference. Photo, from left to right: Tereza Wagner - DigiArts program responsible, UNESCO Ricardo Mbarak - New Media artist and Professor at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, Beirut, Lebanon Carlos Cabral Nunes - Artist/Director, Colectivo Multimédia Perve, Portuguese Republic Mark Amerika - Professor of Digital Art, University of Colorado, USA Mark Federman - The McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, University of Toronto, Canada Gerfried Stocker - Director Ars Electronica, Austria URL: http://www.wsa-conference.org



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World Summit Contributory Conference on ICT & Creativity, Vienna, June 2-3 2005

The World Summit Contributory Conference on ICT & Creativity is an Austrian initiative that will take place in Vienna, June 2-3 2005. The conference aims: - "at taking a critical look at what has been happening worldwide since the beginning of the Digital Revolution. This process of analyzing is to be followed by agreeing on measures to shape the further development of the Information Society." - "to produce a truly optimistic statement, the Vienna Declaration". "This document shall be presented by the Conference Chairman at the Plenary Session on the Second Part of the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis 2005." The participation of Ricardo Mbarak is in June 3rd, Workshop Session 6: "eCulture, Creative Content and DigiArts" Web Site: http://www.wsa-conference.org Link to the program: http://www.wsa-conference.org/data/cd_prog.htm


UNIVERSES IN UNIVERSE / Newsletter, 22 March 2005

The new Newsletter from UNIVERSES IN UNIVERSE is now online. It includes an article about the lecture presented by Ricardo Mbarak at Transmediale, Berlin. The article is in Arabic, English and German. (Click on the photo to access the article) ---- UNIVERSES IN UNIVERSE - Worlds of Art Information and communication system on the arts of Africa, Asia and Latin America/Caribbean http://universes-in-universe.de


transmediale.05 / Sun 06.02.2005 16h-17h

Ricardo Mbarak will discuss emerging artists' approaches and roles in today's multi-cultural Lebanese society, where religion, politics, war and the post-war environment affect issues of identity and belonging. http://www.transmediale.de


Goethe-Institut, Beirut , January 17, 2005

Films/Videos screening at Goethe-Institut: - "Berlin Beirut" by Myrna Maakaron, 21 min - "Miracle" by George Homsy, 25 min - "More than normal" by Ricardo Mbarak, 10 min Date: Monday January 17, 2005 Time: 7 pm Address: 11, Bliss Street, Manara / Hamra, Beirut


Le Cube, Issy-les-Moulineaux, December 16, 2004

The video "More than normal" (Plus que normal) by Ricardo Mbarak will be screened at LE CUBE on December 16, 2004, 08h30 pm. A video night proposed by the festival Signes de Nuit, Paris. LE CUBE 20, cours Saint Vincent 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux France URL : http://www.lesiteducube.com


Ciné Club at Espace SD. Thursday November 11, 2004. 07 pm

« Gare de Lyon - Juvisy » by Ricardo Mbarak France (1999), video, color, 52 min. French language. Screening at Espace SD Thursday November 11, 2004. 07 pm Entrance: 2 000 LL A trip from Paris to Juvisy is the context of a 52 min experimental video that tells a story and yet almost similar to a documentary film. The visual landscape becomes a set of misunderstanding : An accident occurs during the travel and generate plots that catch the spectators till the end of the path, at the end of the "unachieved" trip. Espace SD. S.Dagher Bldg. Charles Hélou Avenue. Gemmayzé. Beirut. Phone: 01 56 31 14


L'Orient Le Jour, September 29, 2004

Today in "L'Orient Le Jour": "Rencontre - De la vidéo au Net Art, en passant par les effets spéciaux numériques. Ricardo Mbarak, artiste nouveaux médias." Article by Maya Ghandour Hert. Direct link to the article (PS. The direct link will expire tomorrow): http://www.lorient-lejour.com.lb/aujourdhui/art/artsujetw1.htm


European Film Festival, Turkey

The video: More than normal (Plus que normal) by Ricardo Mbarak France (2002), colour, 10 min 18 sec will be screened at the European Film Festival in Turkey that will take place in Octobre 2004. The screening is in the frame of the guest festival Signes de Nuit, Paris. 01-07 October Ankara 08-14 October Bursa 18-24 October Izmir URL: http://www.europeanfilmfestival.com


1er festival télé-jeunes en francophonie, Montréal - Canada

The vidéo "More than normal" by Ricardo Mbarak will be screened at the "1er festival télé-jeunes en francophonie" that will take place in the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montréal, from 5 to 8 of october, 2004. http://www.telesansfrontieres.com/festival/


Exhibition at INGAN II, Berlin

34 artists at INGAN II, Berlin - Germany September 18 and 19, 2004. 15-22h. INGAN II Rosenthaler Straße 71, Berlin U8 Rosenthaler Platz Artists: Claudia Schillinger - Axana Lebedinskaja – Marianna Vassileva - Katja Kull - Berthold Bock – Gabriele Olschewski - Vadim Schäffler - Kurt Buchwald - Andrea Ebert - Eliane Schott - Peter Rollny - Dagmara Pater - Jörg Oetken - Andreas Greußlich - Kolja B. Kunt - Daniela Ehemann - Matthias Moravek - Mirja Nicola Ruhmke - Alexandra Schraepler - Peter Lorenz Schedler - Gerald Bingemer - Claudia Viehl – Katharina Kolesinski - Klaas Krüger - Ismail Do Invited Artists: Peggy Sylopp + Giovanni Longo - Marko Fenske – Dan Hoffman - Ricardo Mbarak - Claudia Kochsmeier - Matthias Heidenreich - M.V. Stein - Ingo Förster For more info: 0179 - 78 46 160


Ricardo Mbarak at Cinema Black Box, Düsseldorf

The video "More than normal" (Plus que normal) will be screened soon in Düsseldorf - Germany, in the frame of Signes de Nuit Festival. Address: Cinema Black Box Schulstr. 4 40213 Düsseldorf Germany Tel.: 0211-8992490 Date: August 7, 2004 Time: 21:30 Cinema Black Box is associated to the Düsseldorf Film Museum.


Ricardo Mbarak at the festival ARS ELECTRINICA, Linz (Austria)

The 4th and the 5th of September 2004, Ricardo Mbarak will be in Linz (Austria) to participate to the workshop on the Creation of Art, Design and Technology Master Classes in the Arab States.

This workshop is programmed by the UNESCO in the frame of the festival ARS ELECRONICA.

This workshop will specifically look into the modalities to develop art, design and technology teaching in the Arab States in cooperation with the Mediterranean Rim at the university level. It aims at promoting international and intercultural dialogue, exchange and cooperation in this field, still relatively limited in this geographical and cultural area.


Virgin this weekend

This weekend you can find the new DVD of Ricardo Mbarak in the New Releases section at all Virgin Megastores in Lebanon.


Ricardo Mbarak on the NBN

Ricardo Mbarak is the guest of the TV program " Cinema Beirut " on the NBN. He will talk about his DVD recently released in the market, and his video " Gare de Lyon - Juvisy " will be screened. > TV: NBN, LEBANON and ARABSAT 3A 26º EAST Freq. 11785 MHz > Date: Friday July 2, 2004 > Time: 08:30 pm / Beirut


The release of the DVD Ricardo Mbarak

The DVD of Ricardo Mbarak will be available in the Lebanese market starting from Wednesday June 30, 2004 The DVD includes 2 videos (subtitled in Arabic, English or French): >> Gare de Lyon - Juvisy France (1999), video, colour, 52min And >> Plus que normal (More than normal) France (2002), video, colour, 10min 18sec The DVD is distributed by Sabbah Media Corporation


DVD Ricardo Mbarak

Soon in the market, a DVD that includes 2 videos by Ricardo Mbarak : GARE DE LYON - JUVISY France (1999), video, color, 52 min & PLUS QUE NORMAL (MORE THAN NORMAL) France (2002), video, color, 10 min 18 sec Keep yourselves informed about the release!


Biennale de Paris 2004

Ricardo Mbarak will participate at the biennale of Paris 2004. In this frame, he presents his work at Espace SD, Beirut - Lebanon - from Mars 4 to Mars 29, 2004 The biennale's site: http://www.biennledeparis.org Direct link: http://www.biennaledeparis.org/rm/index.html


Transmediale / Round Table / Lebanese Surete-Generale

The ALBA informed Ricardo Mbarak that due to the actual situation between Lebanon and Israel, the Lebanese Surete-Generale concidered the Invitation of Transmediale to him to participate at the Round Table as not possible and can't be done. In front of these no peaceful possibilities to attend the meeting, Ricardo Mbarak declined later the Invitation of Transmediale.



Ricardo Mbarak will be participating at TRANSMEDIALE.04 / 31.JAN - 04.FEB 2004 / BERLIN From http://www.transmediale.de/ : - CONFERENCE: The conference includes lectures, panels and discussions on migration, bio-politics, exodus, mobile communications and the old and new designs for utopia. - CONFERENCE SPECIAL: Near East - Far West? Media Art Dialogue What are the tasks of net artists and activists in the midst of a culture of crisis and war, making the state of emergency a normality? How are they artistically applying new media in to overcome ethnic and political boundaries in the space provided by global networks? Mon, 2 February, 18:00 hrs - DIRECT LINK: http://www.transmediale.de/page/listings/listing.0.conference.lecture.1.html



You can find, if you did not already go to the "Journée Méditérranéennes de Sousse" (Tunisia), the creations of Ricardo Mbarak as well as an article (critique) at the following address : (Click on "11/02/03 - 11/08/03") http://www.netartreview.net/featarchv/backFeatures.html


La Revue du Liban

Find this week in "La Revue du Liban" Magazine an article (French) by Nicole Malhamé Harfouche, about the participation of Ricardo Mbarak in the "Journées méditerranéennes des Arts Plastiques" - Tunisia. Direct link to the article (Arts et culture): http://www.rdl.com.lb/2003/q4/3921/arts.html


Article by Evelyne ROGUE : "A la rencontre de l'Autre"

Article by Evelyne ROGUE : "A la rencontre de l'Autre" about the participation of Ricardo Mbarak at the "JOURNEES MEDITERRANEENNES DES ARTS PLASTIQUES DE SOUSSE", Tunisia, Session Four, 2003. Direct link to the article (in French) : http://www.artcogitans.com/articles/E.Rogue.Autre.pdf ---------------------


CONNECTED and VISITORS at JMAP of Sousse, Tunisia

CONNECTED and VISITORS will be presented at Sousse, Tunisia from October 9 to October 15, 2003.


CONNECTED in Archée. A text by Evelyne Rogue

A french text by Evelyne Rogue, released in Archée : "De l'esthétique de l'implémentation à l'esthétique de la commutation et de l'interactivité dévoilante" Evelyne Rogue September 2003 Section CYBERTHÉORIE Abstract : "Mode de création distinct, disions-nous, mode de réception de l'œuvre aussi; à tel point qu'il faut d'ores et déjà admettre que l'expérience esthétique de l'art en réseau rompt totalement avec l'expérience esthétique, dite traditionnelle, néo-kantienne, laquelle s'était d'ailleurs déjà trouvée dépassée par l'art cinétique. Cependant, il semble que dans le cas de l'art électronique et numérique, plus que nulle part ailleurs et plus que jamais aussi, l'expérience esthétique qui préside à chaque œuvre impose de faire des discriminations délicates, de discerner des rapports subtils, d’identifier des systèmes symboliques et des caractères à l’intérieur de ces systèmes. Si N. Goodman a pu soutenir cette thèse, c'est parce que dans le cas de l'art en réseau, comme dans tout autre art, mais plus que dans tout autre aussi, il est nécessaire d’interpréter et de réorganiser le monde en termes d’œuvres et les œuvres dans les termes du monde, comme nous le propose R. Mbarak avec Connected" Direct link to the text : http://www.archee.qc.ca/ar.php?page=imp&no=211 Link to CONNECTED: http://www.ricardombarak.com/connected/


CONNECTED at JavaMuseum

******************* JavaMuseum - Forum for Internet Technologies in Contemporary Art www.javamuseum.org (Java=Joint Advanced Virtual Affairs) is a corporate member of [NewMediaArtProjectNetwork] :||cologne - the experimental platform for net based art - operating from Cologne/Germany. ******************* Ricardo Mbarak's CONNECTED at JavaMuseum. "Current Positions of French Netart"