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Maurice Benayoun the 54 year old Algerian born French new-media artist and theorist whose recent works comprise large-scale urban installations and interactive exhibitions “hopes his recent work will in fact aid and engage the Occupy Wall Street movement, which he says is still more potent in the U.S. than in Europe — though not for long” according to Michael Kurcfeld in his recent article published on Huffington Post. Benayoun arrives in Manhattan to unveil the latest in an ongoing multimedia series called “The Mechanics of Emotion” — a 15-part opus which grew out of the idea that the Internet is the world’s nervous system, and that messages sent between users crossed “zones of pain and pleasure” near and far. Using various analytic and graphic tools in his ever-evolving tech arsenal, he set out to map the world’s emotions. In one part, he created a series of “frozen feelings” — machine-made sculptures of digitally carved disks in various materials. Each disk bore a topographic pattern that corresponded to real-time Web data which inventoried emotional states in the 3,200 biggest cities on the planet, by tracking word clusters …”


Inspired by Michael Kurcfeld image source MoBen

Rachid Koraïchi the 64 year old Algerian artist has been named this year’s winner of the Jameel prize for his work ‘Les Maitres invisibles’ (The Invisible Masters). The series of banner works created in 2008 are a homage to the 14 great Islam mystics. Koraïchi was born into an ancient Sufi family, studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and works with varying medias including installation, painting, printmaking, ceramics and textiles. Koraïchi’s banner series comprise large panels inscribed with calligraphy and symbols from various cultures. The chair of the jury stated at the presentation, “Rachid’s work stood out because his banners have a universal appeal. They work in the white space of a contemporary art gallery, but they also hold their own in historical settings – from Parisian palaces to simple Sufi shrines.”


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