Dania Al-Saleh and Lulwah Al-Homoud represent Saudi Arabia at exhibition in Russia

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Saudi participation in the exhibition aims to strengthen the Kingdom’s cultural communication with the rest of the world. (Photos/Supplied)
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Saudi participation in the exhibition aims to strengthen the Kingdom’s cultural communication with the rest of the world. (Photos/Supplied)
Updated 07 June 2019

Dania Al-Saleh and Lulwah Al-Homoud represent Saudi Arabia at exhibition in Russia

  • Event explores the role of AI in contemporary art by combining creativity and technology

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian artists Dania Al-Saleh and Lulwah Al-Homoud are representing the Kingdom at the Artificial Intelligence and Intercultural Dialogue Art Exhibition, which began Thursday at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and ends July 7.

The exhibition explores the role of AI in contemporary art and features work that combines art and technology.

Al-Saleh’s “Sawtam,” which won this year’s Ithra Art Prize — the annual award for Saudi Arabian, or Saudi Arabia-based, talent — is one of the pieces on show.

Al-Saleh explained that her artwork consists of audio and video that revolves around the concept of deconstructing spoken language to its most basic form — the phoneme (or “sawtam” in Arabic). 

The purpose of “Sawtam” is to shed light on the simplicity of the Arabic language, which has just 28 phonemes but is still capable of great expression.

Al-Saleh’s artwork consists of recordings of her voice speaking each of the 28 phonemes, integrated with software based on the computer language Java, which creates visual images as it analyzes the sound waves of the language.




Saudi artists Daniah Al-Saleh (left) and Lulwah Al-Homoud

Al-Homoud’s “Al-Kayan Wal Wujud” (Entity and Being), meanwhile, is Islamic art expressed in modern technological form and based on a scientific and philosophical platform, she explained. 

Al-Homoud is considered one of the most prominent artists working with abstract forms. Her work explores hidden rules of artistic innovation in mathematical forms, and through the use of the Arabic language, in a way that combines arts and science. 

The work is being exhibited in “a composite way,” she said, that will give the public an opportunity to view it in “an untraditional manner.”

“People will stand in front of the painting and enjoy a peaceful and tranquil spiritual experience,” she said. 

Al-Saleh thanked the Saudi Ministry of Culture for sponsoring her participation in the Hermitage exhibition and for its support of arts and culture. 

HIGHLIGHtS

• Artists praise the Saudi Ministry of Culture for its key role in promoting Arab and Islamic culture.

• When an artist participates in such important international exhibitions, they not only represent themselves, but their whole society, and their culture as a whole, they say.

Al-Homoud said: “When an artist participates in such important international exhibitions, they not only represent themselves, but their whole society, and their culture as a whole.” 

She also praised the Ministry of Culture for the role that it is playing in promoting Saudi, Arab and Islamic culture. 

Abdul Karim Al-Hameed, Ministry of Culture spokesman, said that Saudi Arabia’s participation in this exhibition is intended to strengthen its cultural communication with the rest of the world, and show the level of cultural development achieved in the Kingdom. 

He stressed that Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud has always supported the sponsoring of Saudi artists as part of the directives and objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 


Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Updated 30 May 2020

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow.

The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar.

A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others.

The preventive protocols can be found at: https://covid19awareness.sa/archives/5460.

The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities "to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all".

Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew "represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels."
 
"The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions," said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance.

Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis.

It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.