… It began by thinking about the projects that I have realized globally, and the aim behind them.  What have I been searching for through these projects? How was freedom, if at all, involved in the making of these projects? Shouldn’t we creative people be pioneers in the continual redefinition of the expression of freedom?  Obviously, the world is connected.  Virtually and digitally speaking, boundaries between peoples are vanishing.  Practically and physically the boundaries are evident.  However, there is now a chasm between the ability to talk to the world and the ability to get there.

I remain convinced that there is no absolute freedom.  There are invisible governing networks that apply differently to different encounters and places on earth, creating fragmented negotiated freedoms.  There could be absolute freedom if one was isolated in a room to create, without any interference whatsoever.  But the moment one leaves the room and intermingles with the surroundings, freedom becomes a matter for negotiation between oneself and the other – it becomes relative.

These reflections took me back to a story I have been developing for several years.  A story that I have kept in the drawer for a long time, made of a series of sketches that spread over several sketch books.

The story begins with light, that omnipresent global hope, freely moving in the universe.  It has been proven scientifically, that light appears sometimes as a wave and at other times as a particle.

In my story, a light particle moving towards planet earth became fainter and fainter as it approached.  In a last effort, the light particle joined with a complementary light wave, and formed a creature with a shape resembling a head and a tail.  It was called Dede.

Getting closer to the earth, it discovered the human race, and became fascinated by the range and colours of their artificial creations. Dede decided that he wanted to enter the human world.

It took much of discussion and a lot of resistance from a Board of Stars, who considered humans puny, tiny little things; irrelevant in the vastness of the universe of light.  But Dede insisted.  He wanted to explore the world of things that human had created, from tastes like chocolate and ice-cream, bright colours and funky cars to tantalizing textures, smells and sounds.  At last, it was agreed to allow him to descend amongst the human beings, and he acquired a body mainly made of cotton.  He landed on earth, but discovered that he had unwillingly retained an element from his previous being: HIS TAIL.Image


War Closet

War Closet

War Closet by Nadim Karam as part of ’99 Objects possible to find on a Cloud’ exhibition at Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz Dubai.

Loopy Amber

His long hair floats behind him as he strides, alight with the millions of amber pixels that cover his body. He thrives on the city and the dynamism of the people who animate it. Whether because of the looped cord attached to his waist he calls ‘infinity’, or his glowing eccentricity, he has a way of functioning like a traffic light, moderating extremes of anger or inflexibility in his surroundings. Pools of communication gain warmth and tiny surges of positive energy explode as Loopy Amber takes to the streets, whistling and whirling his infinity loop.