Category Archives: Arts

How Zaha Hadid was of Major Influence on Fashion

She may be best known for her architectural designs. Nonetheless, Hadid had a major impact on the fashion industry not only through the Chanel famous Mobile Art Pavilion she designed, or Atelier Swarovski’s installations she created to commemorate its 20th anniversary but also through jewelry and fashion pieces.

Through her collaborations with Danish label Georg Jensen, Swiss brand Caspita and Lebanese Aziz and Walid Mouzannar, Hadid proved herself to be polyvalent and interdisciplinary, getting her inspiration to conceive jewelry from architecture and sculpture. She also collaborated with Lacoste, United Nude and Melissa Shoes to create some “futuristic” shoe designs. This is just a short list of Hadid’s contribution and vision to the fashion world.

It doesn’t seem surprising to know this side of her when we hear her confess to Vogue: “Architecture is how the person places herself in the space. Fashion is how you place the object on the person”.

Vincent Through the Eyes of Van Gogh!

We have seen so many innovative and creative styles of films in the past few years, but this one is a mind blowing work of art in the history of cinema! The creative and incredibly talented team of Loving Vincent brought Vincent Van Gogh and his paintings back to life in a long feature film directed by Polish painter and director Dorota Kobiela and Oscar-winning producer Hugh Welchman. This film is the resulting work of a large crew, composed of 100 painters trained to work on the same method of painting, in order to create the homogeneity of the film. It is also produced by Oscar-winning studios: Breakthru Films and Trademark Films.

Loving Vincent tells the story of Vincent Van Gogh’s life through his animated paintings. It is worth mentioning that are 12 oil paintings per second in the movie.

Also read: Vermeer and Van Gogh visiting the Lebanese University

The creators are looking for talented painters to join their team, and they are inviting them to submit their art portfolio through their website.

As Van Gogh once said:

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together”

and that’s the case of this piece of art that we’re impatiently waiting for.

Post written by Nadine Asmar


Zyara: Henry Turned his Dream into Reality!

Last month, we talked about an exceptional artistic work, an international award-winning documentary web-series named ‘Zyara’ (or Visit), carrying with it the Lebanese identity. The amazing team of this series promised to keep sharing the stories of people from Lebanon and around the world, so here’s the second episode of this brilliant work. This time it’s with Henry Loussian, a Lebanese jewelry designer from Batroun (Lebanon) talking about old and current Beirut, about life and death, about his dream that he made real. Discover this inspirational story of Henry in this episode released back in December 2015.

An original Home of Cine-Jam creation

Learn more about ‘Zyara’ doc series and the team behind it here.

Zyara: True Stories to Change your Perception of the World!

It’s time to finally meet the famous Zyara (Visit), the award-winning Documentary Web Series produced in 2014 showing real stories of citizens! After touring the world and grabbing several awards at international festivals, the team of Zyara revealed yesterday, December 1, the first episode of the long-awaited web series with the farmer Souad Razzouk who’s holding interesting stories about her past and her family, but most importantly precious lifetime advices for women. While watching the episode, you can feel the difference between this series and any other creation, for it is based on detailed frames of the individuals and their surroundings. Let’s not forget to mention the poetic editing and the relaxing sound design based on silence most of the time.

Zyara is a quick, artistic, authentic and straight to the point series which in every three to five minute episode is “depicting intimate poeticized portraits of various individuals from around the world”. It is the first Home of Cine-Jam creation, awarded Best Documentary Web Series at the UK Web Fest 2015, Best Innovative Technique or Narrative at Bilbao Web Fest 2015, Best Documentary Web Series & Best Cinematography at Dub Web Fest 2015, and Special Award Creative Media for positive change at Mythwork 2015. And in order to celebrate the success of this artistic inspirational series, we will be featuring its episodes on our blog.

Meet the team behind this masterpiece:
Producer: Denise Jabbour
Director/Cinematographer: Muriel Aboulrouss
Editor: Liliane Hanbali
Sound Engineer: Mohab Chanesaz
Camera Assistant: Rachelle Noja
Colorist: Khalil Abourrousse
Graphic designer: Samar Haddad
Translator to English/Copywriter: Serena Abi Aad
Translation to Arabic: Robert Haddad
Translation to Chinese: Daniel Khalil
Translation to Spanish: Natalia Alonso Garcia & Maite Orueta Ancona

Post written by Nadine Asmar

Vermeer and Van Gogh visiting the Lebanese University

Photos of Johannes Vermeer‘s 1665 masterpiece “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and Vincent Van Gogh‘s self-portrait mixed together in one painting were trending on Facebook. What seem to be a real painting or maybe a photography of a painting is actually a lively scene created from scratch by the Students of the Lebanese University – Institute of Fine Arts – Section 1 in Hadath on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Institute of Fine Arts.

The painting is a lively scene with real materials and real people acting as Van Gogh and the Girl with a Pearl Earring, wearing the same clothes as the ones represented in the paintings, and covered from head to toe with several colors matching the original paintings: blue, yellow, red, white and black, with an incredible sense of details.

This project entitled “Double V: Van Gogh & Vermeer” was finalized in less than one day (23:47:50 as mentioned in the post of Ali Itani) by Zeinab Al Maaz, Shaza Abou Shakra, Tharwa Zeitoun, Aya Abu Hawash, Zeinab Ayash, Zainab Ayoub, Iffa Mseileb, Fatima Fneish, Mariam Kamaleddin and Mohmd Hussein Mistrah.

When we have the minimum of tools but mostly the maximum of creativity and passion, we can create astonishing works like this one.

Post written by Nadine Asmar