Tanween Blog

The CEO of Smart Design.. Tucker Fort

29 October 2018

Tucker Fort is a brilliant product designer, and a partner and CEO at Smart Design Company in New York. He is a pioneering designer in the field of solving strategic design challenges. He holds 70 patents in design, and he employed emerging technologies and the common interests of businesses and design in directing and developing personalized services.

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Bannan Reveals the Secrets of her Success 

28 October 2018

Banan Al-Yaquby is a Bahraini entrepreneur and founder of Quby Group, as well as its artistic director. Quby Group is a company in the field of developing brands and trademarks. She is also the executive president of the Yaquby Store, which is a family business working in sales and distribution. On October 13, 2018, she took part in the Tanween program at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran in a lecture entitled "Creativity in Using Public Feedback."

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Dr. Ashraf Al-Faqih: Love As A Robotic Challenge

28 October 2018

Dr. Ashraf Al-Faqih is a Saudi sci-fi author, academician and a researcher with a PhD degree in computer sciences from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. He worked previously as a computer sciences lecturer at King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals, and as a social relations and engagement supervisor.

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A Unique Experience at "Sense and Sensibility" Exhibition

25 October 2018

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) has launched the Sense and Sensibility Exhibition as part of the TANWEEN Ithra’s Creativity Season. The exhibition runs throughout the duration of the program inside the Center’s Great Hall, where visitors find unconventional artworks and designs coupled with special technologies and an overall futuristic feel. 

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Chain of Embroidered Disappointments, Dr. Khaled Al-Yahya..

25 October 2018

Dr. Khaled Suliman Alyahya is a Saudi executive, writer, intellectual and TV presenter. During his life, he held many positions in the fields of culture and education. He started as a lecturer of Physics in King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals. He then became the head of the Medical Physics Department in Saad Specialist Hospital in Khobar. Then, he was the programs director at King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”.

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Bader Al-Humoud Presents The Undying Hero

23 October 2018

Bader Alhumoud is a Saudi director, scenarist and executive director of “Be Films”. He produced a number of short films and TV commercials such as “Monopoly”, “Daken” and “Pen of Mirrors”. His films received many awards from “Gulf Film Festival”, “Abu Dhabi Film Festival” and “Saudi Film Festival”. Alhumoud participated in “TANWEEN” event, which took place in the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) on October 19, 2018

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In A Video: Fashion and its Questions in the World of Design

23 October 2018

You may have noticed that communities worldwide tend naturally to distinguish themselves from others as human civilizations differ due to a number of customs followed its members. This is reflected in the daily practices of individuals, starting with their breakfast, home decorations and the designs of their clothes and accessories. When we talk about clothes and accessories, in particular we discover that our modern communities use the term “fashion" to reflect on their unique way of wearing clothes.

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In Praise of The Margins

22 October 2018

Margins are looked at as a secondary thing that only exists to support the original text. The body is always in the center, although margins are more accurate and credible as they either address the reader directly and don’t leave him to develop his own impressions and ideas, or they are rich and open the mind to new ideas away from the original message of the text.

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Exposing "Ithra" Audience to The Aesthetics of Arabic Calligraphy 

21 October 2018

Tareq Atreesi is an international designer and calligrapher. He has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the American University in Beirut, and a master’s degree in Arts in Interactive Multimedia from the Utrecht School of the Arts in    Netherlands. His work has been published in books and international magazines; and he has received many awards for his extraordinary work.

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In A Video: Adam Savage's Interview 

18 October 2018

Well, I am the son of an artist and a psychologist. I grew up in New York and Upstate New York and I was always encouraged by my parents to explore the things that I was interested in to try the things that I was curious about.

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In A Video: Telling Stories Through Creative Art

17 October 2018

Adam Savage is a special effects designer, producer and presenter who is famous for his participation in the TV program “Myth Busters,” which lasted for 13 years. He’s also known for his distinguished work in designing the special effects for many science fiction movies. The most memorable being “The Matrix” and “Star Wars” movie series.

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Rebuilding The Past or Building The Future?

17 October 2018

People have the tendency to favor the new, and look forward to the future possibilities that are starting to happen with enthusiasm. At the same time, the faster progress happens; the more they feel nostalgic for the past, even though they are walking in a direction meant to destroy it.

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Aesthetic of Astonishment.. Cinema as an Example

17 October 2018

Beauty is finding harmony in things. But it’s not enough for beautiful things to have harmony, they also have to be astonishing and make us see things in a new way every time we look at them. To create this astonishment, we have to disrupt the harmonious structure around us and make a newer unexpected one.

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The Art of Coloring The Sky

16 October 2018

Firework displays have become part of the culture of celebration in most nations around the world. They are rarely absent from national, religious and even family celebrations.
Fireworks are made of basic material: gunpowder and a mixture of potassium nitrate that releases oxygen. Sulfur and charcoal are used as fuel to propel the rocket upward and explode it.

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Keeping-up With Change and The Uniqueness of Resistance

16 October 2018

How to Respond to Change in a Disruptive World? In terms of reactions to modern technology, people can be divided into five groups. First come the explorers, who rush into buying every thing new so they can be the first ones, like those who camp in front of Apple stores to get the latest iPhone. Secondly, initiators, who buy new technologies after learning about them, in spite of people’s suspicions, which they will help eliminate. 

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In The Time of Rush.. Going Back is Not an Option

15 October 2018

How this Era Became this Distinguished? The technology tools used today vary and they affect our lives directly. There are an enormous number of applications that you can start using immediately after downloading them, and which connect you with the world. This affects our daily habits, and without noticing, affects the world and how it operates, and changes many of its laws and structures that we thought were far too solid.

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In A Video: The Most Watched Surgeon in the World, Dr. Shafi Ahmad

15 October 2018

Dr. Shafi Ahmad is a Surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, and an Associate Dean at Barts and The London Medical School. He is a futurologist who has a lot of experience in virtual reality and augmented reality.    

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The Foil House.. What's the story?

15 October 2018

As part of his participation in the King Abdelaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)’s creativity season, TANWEEN, the contemporary Saudi artist Abdullah Al-Othman has wrapped a house in North Khobar completely in tin foil.

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Feelings of Disruption in Science

14 October 2018

It is common sense that science guides our present day and determines our future. If humans go back in history to search for the human conception of the laws that explained nature and interpreted cosmic phenomena with high precision, they find the discovery of DNA in the last century, which is the essence of molecular biology. 

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The Dream of Spreading Knowledge is Being Accomplished

14 October 2018

It was an unbelievable meeting in an unbelievable night. I have been wishing for a night and an event like this to happen, and it finally did. My hopes came true, and then there was a surprise. There were both ancient and modern building designs. I was fascinated when they explained the meaning behind the event’s name “TANWEEN.” 

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The Symbolism of “TANWEEN” and Disrupting The Familiar

12 October 2018

Nunation is an N sound at the end of words. Sometimes the sound is added to the spoken word only, and not to the written one. It was called this name because it creates an N sound after the last letter, which creates a musical tone in the word. It also has a semantic effect.

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TANWEEN in The Arabic Language and Creativity in Life 

12 October 2018

I have been asked about nunation (TANWEEN), which is a linguistic phonetic mark, and how is it related to creativity. And if I started to define TANWEEN and describe creativity,  I would need many hours and a large number of papers. And even then, I might be able to accomplish that or I may not. 

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In A Video: Disruption in Science

11 October 2018

Science has developed due to the curious human nature and the ability to write and record things. Disruption helped in accelerating this development. As a result, education became more interactive and enjoyable by using modern technologies such as virtual reality, that noticeably changed style and content and allowed us to do things that are almost impossible to do in our real lives.

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Imagination as Another Doctor

11 October 2018

It’s common to find a large picture of a big sea, surrounded by sand, when waiting at a hospital or a private clinic, or to find a bright blue sky painted on parts of the ceiling, or to find walls covered with forest pattern wallpaper. Patients know that those visuals don’t make the place an actual sea or a forest, but they still allow their imaginations to drift away, because the effect of those imaginary thoughts and related emotions are the most important.

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Eco-Friendliness.. Making the Future

9 October 2018

What are clean industries? And what is their importance in saving our future on earth? The environment has a spectacular structure; it relies on an intelligent, hierarchical balance that includes all creatures.. a system that self-recovers to preserve life on the planet. But human intervention affected this balance. What is even worse is that he did this for the most absurd reasons. Humans filled-in rivers and destroying forests for urbanization.

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Experiences.. Things that Cannot Be Bought

10 October 2018

In the past, it was easy for people to distinguish themselves from others by their ability to buy certain commodities. That was even the basis of certain advertisements (that it is not affordable to everyone). But this type of materialism does not impress the world of today anymore.

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The Smart Patient… A Shorter Journey Towards Recovery

7 October 2018

Modern technology touches our lives in different ways and on a daily basis. The health sector is one of the most areas that are affected by the technological advancements. Whenever a new technology is analyzed (in terms of usefulness), the first question is always how can we use it to save peoples’ lives? And once this technology can be used in practice, the priority is to use it in the health sector, as that would mean that more lives can be saved.

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What the Make-up Hides... Slava Reveals

7 October 2018

Every individual has or is still discovering the role he/she needs to be in life. Some decided to have ordinary responsibilities, and some took bigger ones. A job that makes others laugh is not as easy as it looks!

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TANWEEN- The First of its Kind Experience in The Kingdom 

7 October 2018

The season is an annual Center-wide event and will explore creativity in art, music, film, theater, science, literature, cultural heritage and entrepreneurship around an annual theme. Importantly it will highlight the opportunities across disciplines where new ideas are discovered and new dialogues created.

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Saudi Arabia’s First and Largest Creativity Season Gathers World’s Leading Innovators, Creators and Makers

7 October 2018

TANWEEN organized by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), October 11-27, will gather the world’s leading experts in disciplines as varied as culture, science, design, technology and entrepreneurship as part of Saudi Arabia’s first ever and largest Creativity Season.

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