Door To Paradise باب الجنة

Door To Paradise باب الجنة
Virtual Reality Installation by Sameh Al Tawil 2015

Door to Paradise
Virtual Reality Art Project

The artist represents a unique and brilliant piece of artistic work entitled “Door to paradise”. Users use a head mounted display in front of a fixed screen where gardens and sound of birds pop up on the screen. “The path scene” appears as one scene of the day of resurrection. User not only watches the scene but also feels that he is part of the scene who walks on the path and witnesses the hell dreads everywhere while the fire flames are directed to him and listens to the yelps of those who are punished. User tries to focus on the faded paradise door, wandering around Conflagrations and fired lands looking forward to ending this nightmare. After a while, user will decide to take the head mounted display off. And finally see the door to paradise on the screen.
 
Sameh Altawil explains, “This work induces astonishment and terror at the same time. As people blindly continues struggling for life needs without realizing that all these trivial issues will fade away. They ignore the real and only fact about life till reality replaces the darkness of their minds. This is presented by Sameh using a new technology. This technology depends on the interaction with users; the whole experience differs from the interaction of one user to another. Someone may has the ability to explore the whole experience among the fire flames and yelps of the punished, another one may choose to escape from the terrifying experience taking off the glasses to reach the flash point which is the “Real Fact about Life”.

Islamic Arts Festival launched on December 16, 2015 at the Sharjah Art Museum and was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The Festival will continue until January 16, 2016. The launch was also attended by Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Sharjah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler, and Sheikh Abdullah Bin Salem Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, among others.</p> <p>Following his arrival at Sharjah Art Museum, Sheikh Sultan and the attendants toured the festival galleries and listened to artists explain their displayed works of art. Islamic Arts Festival is hosting 43 exhibitions, showing 300 works by 36 artists from 17 countries.</p> <p>'Light', this year's theme of Islamic Arts Festival in Sharjah, aims to show the depth and importance of Islamic Arts by presenting a contemporary interpretation of the concept.Due to its serenity and aesthetics light has always been appreciated in Islamic tradition and arts; a true source of creativity as we can observe in architecture, painting, sculpture, pottery and calligraphy. The concept evokes two essential levels, form and content. The Festival is presenting light-based artworks by 36 internationally acclaimed artists: Ibrahim Ahmed (Egypt), Eric Standley (USA), Elana Herzog (USA), Bruce Munro (UK), Ben Johnson (UK), Pete Moorhouse (UK), James Nizam (Canada), Dev Harlan (USA), David Reumüller (Austria), Rashad Alakbarov (Azerbaijan), Zarah Hussain (UK), Zamir Suleymanov & Aydan Mirzaeva (Azeraijan), Zaman Jassim (Saudi Arabia), Sara Chaudhry (UK), Samantha Holmes (USA), Sameh Al Tawil (Egypt), Suzan Drummen (Netherlands), Soner Ozenc (UK), Simeon Nelson (Australia), Shahida Ahmed (UK), Shamma Salim Bin Saif (UAE), Amr Fikri (Egypt), Faiq Ahmad (Azerbaijan), Fabrizio Corneli (Italy), Farid Rasulov (Azerbaijan), Chris Wood (UK), Christopher Swift (South Africa), Lulwah Al Hamoud (Saudi Arabia), Lita Cabellut (Spain), Mohamed Shoukry (Egypt), Musaed Al Hulis (Saudi Arabia), Naser Salem (Saud Arabia), Vahid Ezzat Panah (Iran), Yelena Filipchuk (USA) & Serge Beaulieu (Canada) and Rasha al-Qaim (Egypt).
Starts: 12/16/2015 10:00 am
Ends: 01/16/2016
Duration: 12 hours:
Sharjah Art Museum, UAE
Sharjah
AE
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