Talks Art & Culture

Tanween Talks : 24 October

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24 October 2018
Time: 3:00 PM


Gallery 2


Suitable for Adult, Youth.

Open your minds to new experiences, and engage with industry professionals and creatives across the science, art and technology fields



Senseable Cities

Speaker: Professor Carlo Ratti

03:00 PM | Gallery 2 | English

The way we live, work and play is very different today than it was just a few decades ago, thanks in large part to a network of connectivity that now encompasses most people on the planet. In a similar way, today we are at the beginning of a new technological revolution: the Internet is entering the physical space – the traditional domain of architecture and design – becoming an “Internet of Things” or IoT. As such, it is opening the door to a variety of applications that – in a similar way to what happened with the first wave of the Internet - can encompass many domains: from energy to mobility, from production to citizen participation. The contribution from Professor Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati.

Inner Artists Conversation

Speakers: Laila Al-Faddagh, Joseph Kosuth, Mona Saudi, Joumana Medlej, Lulwah Al-Homoud

04:30 PM | Gallery 2 | English

A selection of highly acclaimed Saudi and International artists are invited to sit together to engage in dialogue accompanied by the Head of Museums. They will focus on the contemporary art scene in the Middle East, as well as art criticism and the perspectives of Saudi Artists and their international impact. The conversations will be moderated by our house curator of Contemporary Art and it will be followed by a public Q&A session.


Islamic Art for a New Generation

Speaker: Dr. Linda Komaroff

06:00 PM | Gallery 2 | English

In planning the loan exhibition from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art now on view at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, an important aspiration was that it might inspire younger visitors to identify with and perhaps study Islamic art.  Some among this new cohort may in future redefine the discipline, creating novel interpretations that would supersede exhibitions such as this. This illustrated lecture will consider how and why the field of Islamic art must attract a new generation against the backdrop of the current exhibition Beauty and Identity.


The Biodiversity of Saudi Arabia

Speaker: Dr. Chris Boland

07:00 PM | Gallery 2 | English

Saudi Arabia is a desert, but it is certainly not deserted. Indeed it contains an amazing array of biodiversity, including over 500 bird species, 100 reptiles, 90 mammals, 250 corals, 1,100 fish, and 2,250 plants. Each one of these species has developed extraordinary adaptations that allow them to survive in some of the harshest conditions on earth. This astonishing biodiversity has inspired artists and poets in Arabia for thousands of years and is therefore an integral component of the cultural heritage of Arabia.