UFA Projection Mapping – Colors of an old Beirut

Colors of an old Beirut
Horseraces, souks, fruits, crafts, trains, roulettes, steps, neons, roofs, and colors, colors, colors… Colors of an Old Beirut remembers a vibrant city in the 60s in an original 3D mapping animation that leaves walls longing.

Commissioned by UFA Assurances, Beirut
in collaboration with
Cem Adiyaman
music by Rayess Bek
December 2010
Projected on the facade of UFA building, Martyrs’ Square
for 6 nights

Colors of an old Beirut is an original piece merging exclusive footage of Beirut from the 1960s with cutting edge graphics and techniques of 3D projection mapping in a novel amalgam. In this piece commissioned by UFA Assurances, I collaborated with talented New York based video artist Cem Adiyaman to remember old Beirut without being regretful or nostalgic. On the contrary, colors of an old Beirut seeks to immerse the audience in an illusion of time-travel through an animated building, and leaves walls, windows and bricks longing for a palette whose hints are behind us, yet still around us. The piece is designed to, and accompanied by dramatic acoustic music by Paris-based Lebanese rapper Rayess Bek.


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