Fatima Al Qadiri – Artist from the Future

Posted April 24th, 2013 under Contemporary Art, Digital Art, Games, Kuwait, Music

Fatima Al Qadiri
Fatima Al Qadiri is a New York-based Kuwaiti visual artist and composer. She has performed and exhibited at the Tate Modern (part of K48 Kontinuum), MoMA PS1, Gwangju Design Biennale, Art Dubai and The Third Line. Al Qadiri is a contributing editor at DIS Magazine and contributor to Bidoun. She has produced music as a solo act under her name and as Ayshay. Here is some of her stuff on Soundcloud.

Fatima Al Qadiri did the “Official Soundtrack of the Fair” for Art Dubai, a talk at The Armory Show, “On Commissioning Work in an Art Fair Context,” with Gianni Jetzer and Sarah McCrory, moderated by Sarah Douglas.

Fatima Al Qadiri
Please visit her extraordinary website which might make your head spin as it looks like the Mac OS X desktop interface. Have a look around and go through the folders to see what you can find.

Fatima Al Qadiri – Ghost Raid – Art + Music – MOCAtv x Fade to Mind #1

Fatima Al Qadiri’s “Desert Strike” Out Now on Fade to Mind

Inspired by the blend of technology and destruction in Fatima Al Qadiri’s EP Desert Strike, artist Alex Gvojic’s lush visualization of Ghost Raid is a blend of real war footage, video games, and original computer animation. Drawing upon the background of the Gulf War and ancient myths of Djinn, the film documents the creation of secret machines in unseen dimensions, black particles rising like smoke from oil fires, evil energies drawn from conflict and war. Working alongside otherwordly entities, the Djinn are the spirit of military technology, ghostly machines crafting conflict, much like a child outfitting a soldier in a video game. Ghost Raid is a hyperreal meditation on history, spirituality, and contemporary violence.

Fatima al Qadiri explained to The Fader: ‘Ghost Raid’ is a track I wrote about the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, also known as the ‘Ghost of Baghdad” by Arab troops. I was nine when I met a kid in the street during the invasion of Kuwait who asked if I had heard of ‘The Ghost.’ I said, ‘What the hell is that?’ He replied, ‘An invisible plane.’ I thought, Woah… The American military is so technically advanced, they’re using evil spirit (djinn) technology to power their aircraft! I daydreamed about the plane, and its terrifying spiritual power. But then I played Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf a year later and realized truth, ie. marketing military video games to children, is more insidious and fantastical (in my case) than fiction.

Fatima Al Qadiri – Vatican Vibes

Video by Tabor Robak from Fatima Al Qadiri’s “Genre-Specific Xperience” EP out Oct 25th, 2011 on UNO.

Fatima Al Qadiri – Hip Hop Spa

Hip Hop Spa posits an uncanny parallel between the luxurious solitary confinement of a spa experience and the introspective image of prison solitary confinement often presented in contemporary, genre specific, Hip Hop cultural product. Solitary subconscious is the experience of virtual age Hip Hop culture. The track expands the lexicon of the genre, while questioning the general public’s consumption of rap and hip hop aesthetics. Video by Kamau Patton from Fatima Al Qadiri’s Genre-Specific Xperience EP

-> Rhizome: The Lure of an Untold Story: An Interview with Fatima Al Qadiri

And now some music: