Museum as utopia: Qatar’s National Museum opens to the public

Overlooking Doha’s sea front, The National Museum of Qatar appears as a mirage in the desert. The highly anticipated museum, designed by Atelier Jean Nouvel, held its glamorous opening ceremony on March 27th 2019. The building is an avant-garde structure made with 539 intersecting vertical and horizontal disks of multiple diameters, curvatures, and inclinations. Nouvel’s […]

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Album Review: ‘Utopia’, Björk

I have always respected Björk for her commitment to musical experimentation, technological innovation and general creative extravagance. However, her much-anticipated recent release Utopia, has left me feeling a bit uneasy. The album gets off to a good start. The first track, ‘Arisen my senses’, assaults the listener with an intense, almost forced, sense of elation. […]

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