At this workshop, students joined artist Rashed Al Shashai in creating a vibrant installation that uses light and mixed media. They discovered how everyday objects that one might view as ordinary can be elements in building exciting artwork.
The third edition of Art + Technology workshops allowed students to create an artwork that was exhibited at Khalifa University. They learned about how contemporary artists use technology as a medium of expression. Students worked in groups to build the different parts of this public installation.
Saudi artist Rashed Al Shashai uses objects and imagery he finds as signifiers of the everyday, creating a “semantic field” through which philosophical questions, primarily the purpose of human existence and the functions of society, can be explored. Through playful forms that mine the mundane, Al Shashai provokes our examination of the omnipresence of media, a global descent into superficiality and the growing epidemic of apathy that has come to define modern life.
Born in Al Baha, Saudi Arabia, in 1977, Al Shashai holds a Master of Visual Arts degree and is a prominent figure in the contemporary Saudi arts scene. As a conceptual artist and arts educator, Al Shashai has influenced a new generation of Saudi talent while also nurturing local artistic practices as a founding member of the Saudi Arabia Fine Arts society and the Art Education Society. In 2009, he established the Tasami Centre for Visual Arts, an independent space that supports cutting-edge art in the Kingdom, and was the organisation’s director until 2014.