Qatar National Library (QNL) in collaboration with the British Council, recently presented a series of talks and art installations by artist Naho Matsuda as part of the Qatar British Festival, aimed at showcasing the evolving nature of art and the public realm.

Irini Papadimitriou, Creative Director of FutureEverything, also hosted a panel talk, ‘Edifice Artifice: Redefining Art in the Public Realm,’ as part of the Festival’s ‘Reading the City’ programme. Current developments in culture, architecture and creative technology set the context for the panel to revisit the evolving nature of art and the public realm in fast-developing cities.

Qatar National LibraryThe panel included artist Naho Matsuda, Art Specialist Layla Bacha from Qatar Foundation and Abdulrahman Al Ishaq, Head of the Public Art Department at Qatar Museums. The speakers explored different perspectives on public art and its relevance today.

Every Thing Every Time

Naho Matsuda’s public artwork ‘Every Thing Every Time’ is available for viewing at the Library starting this week.

According to Naho Matsuda, vast amount of data are generated by us and about us everyday.

It is processed by technologies and technologists alike, but who collects and controls this information? How is it captured and stored, and how is it used to shape our future cities?  I am excited to show my installation in this exciting, new context. I am looking forward to the new narratives of Doha that Every Thing Every Time will be producing and how these stories will be read and shared by citizens, visitors and workers in cities.’

Matsuda’s artwork draws on data streams generated by technologies, devices and events that happen each day in the city, creating poetry. Visitors can see poetry written in real-time and revealed on a mesmerising mechanical display.

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