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Nadim Karam: Compressed Thought
6 November 2017 @ 7.00 pm - 9.00 pmFree
This latest body of work is a development from Nadim Karam’s Stretching Thoughts series, in which he explores the infinite possibilities of creative thoughts to go beyond boundaries; and the Neglected Thoughts series, his allusion to abandoned potential. Using the same sculptural language, Nadim Karam continues to work with recycled steel rods previously used in now-destroyed residential buildings in the suburbs of Beirut.
Through these works, Karam questions the place of thoughts in space and time – examining the concept of pure thought, the form in which it resides and the possibility of reaching it. As he puts it: “If countless strands of human thought could become infinitely condensed into a block of compressed matter, how would this intense zone of thought exist? Would all thoughts of the universe fall into it?
“Would our own thoughts fall into it?
“What would be the intensity of these chunks of unimaginable complexity?
“Could we reach pure thought, distilled to an essence?”
Born in 1957 in Senegal and originally trained in architecture, Nadim Karam lives and works in Beirut where in 1996 he founded, and still leads Atelier Hapsitus, a group of Lebanese architects and designers.
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Above: Nadim Karam, Compressed Thoughts (detail), 2017