Sunday, September 7, 2008

THE GAZE OF SCI-FI WAHABI

A Theoretical Pulp Fiction and Serialized Videographic Adventure in the Arabian Gulf

“Nothing is true, therefore everything is permitted.” - Hassan I. Sabbah


“Everything Is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the twentieth century.” – J.G. Ballard

1 comment:

Joey Ellis said...

I have tried to find the source of this and everything leads to this blog however I can't find it..... would love to know what entry or writing this below is part of.

"The Arabian Gulf is a region that has been hyper-driven into a present made up of interior wastelands, municipal master plans and environmental collapse, thus making it a projection of a global future.

The themes and ideas present in Gulf Futurism include the isolation of individuals via technology, wealth and reactionary Islam, the corrosive elements of consumerism on the soul and industry on the earth, the replacement of history with glorified heritage fantasy in the collective memory and in many cases, the erasure of existing physical surroundings.

Informed by texts such as Baudrillard’s The Illusion of the End, As-Sufi’s Islamic Book of the Dead and Zizek’s The Desert of the Unreal, Gulf Futurism also uses imagery from Islamic eschatology, corporate ideology, posthumanism and the global mythos of Science Fiction."