Seafaring Route (Who is K.Mardam Bey?)
Director Animation, 5:45
The digital animation piece Seafaring Route (Who is K.Mardam Bey?),2009, is an exploration into the nature of cultural communication through the ages.
The animation opens with a satellite view of the Levantine coast, one of the oldest seacoast based cultures on earth. From here the Phoenicians set forth to colonize the Mediterranean, starting a tradition of cultural exchange and diaspora that has lasted over 3000 years.
From a space age view of Tel Aviv the screen travels north over Haifa to Tyre, Sidon and Beirut. Metonymous with the combination of satellite imaging and simulated drawings, made out of altered photographs, the viewer is witness to a dialogue between two anonymous online writers discussing the Palestinian software designer Khaled Mardam Bey and mIRC , the internet chat client he developed.
Seafaring Route (Who is K.Mardam Bey?) makes reference to levels of technology and communication, layering them over a historical background of various media – pen, photography, film and computer based media. It also refers to the Sisyphean task of controlling the technology we develop, especially as to its use and misuse.
Additionally a series of digital prints, taken from images used for the animation are presented.
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