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The “Imaginarium of Tears” live experience and its exhibition at the REUSE festival in Kuwait [© TodaysArt ]

TEARS FROM KUWAIT

IMAGINARIUM OF TEARS EXHIBITION AND LIVE EXPERIENCE

Maurice Mikkers
May 6, 2016 · 9 min read

More than 50 artists representing 14 countries gathered in Kuwait this month for the annual Reuse festival, a live performance event founded nearly a decade ago.

The REUSE festival was initially envisioned in 2007 by Zahed Sultan, REUSE is a modular platform for progressive culture and society in the Arab world. For its Kuwait edition in 2016 REUSE will emphasise the informal exchange of ideas between participants and attendees, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events.

“With this edition of Reuse,” Sultan said, “I aspired to create a space for artists and audiences to interact using digital media, with an emphasis on light, sound and physical performance.”

This was the first time to go international with “Imaginarium of Tears” exhibition with its live experience. It took quite some preparations to get there with the needed equipment and materials. This due the fact that traveling with a microscope with the size of 40 x 50 x 70cm and weight of 32KG is not easy. Equipment like this needs a good suitcase, so it was time to research some options, which finally led me to the PELICASE 1630 suitcase that would perfectly and safely fit the microscope without “any problems” except for its total weight when combined. The suitcase itself without modifications and filled with foam would be 16,3KG adding this to the total weight of the microscope this would mean it would have a combined weight of 48,3KG.

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The Microscope nicely packed in the Pelicase (without top foam layer), assembled but to heavy for flying.
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Pelicase its trolly handle removed (2.1KG), foam reduction (1,1KG) and disassemble of lenses, filters, condenser, light, eyepieces and its scanning stage. Basically only the microscope base is left.
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An older image showing a small selection of the parts that needed to be removed and needed to be repacked in ether my luggage or hand luggage.
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Assembling the microscope in the hotel
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Assembling the microscope in the hotel
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Images of the 1st day arriving at the venue of DAI Yarmouk, the venue was still in its build up phase. [© Reuse ]
Basal Tear crystallisation of Zahed Sultan
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Maurice Mikkers of the Netherlands fused art and science in his work. His signature photography project is entitled Imaginarium of Tears. [© Eva Staber/Al Jazeera]
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Maurice Mikkers of the Netherlands fused art and science in his work. His signature photography project is entitled Imaginarium of Tears. [© Eva Staber/Al Jazeera]
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Farid: Emotional Tear of empathy regarding refugees.
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Dana: Reflex tear from a irritated eye.
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Zahed: Reflex tear from cutting unions.
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Noemi: Reflex tear from cutting unions.
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Nathalie: Basal tear induced by direct sun light
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A.S.N Rao: Basal tear from extended period of not blinking.
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Aaron: Reflex tear from cutting unions.
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David: Emotional tear
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Hind: Reflex tear from cutting unions.
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Shaheed Park — with Maurice Mikkers, Lee Canham, Takami Nakamoto and Olof Van Winden in Kuwait City [© Noemi ]

MICROGRAPH STORIES

Visualising the everyday things we encounter and consume in…

Maurice Mikkers

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Independent Photography Professional from The Hague (The Netherlands) http://www.mauricemikkers.nl #Micrographs #Science #Tech #Art #Creative #Concepts

MICROGRAPH STORIES

Visualising the everyday things we encounter and consume in our daily life.

Maurice Mikkers

Written by

Independent Photography Professional from The Hague (The Netherlands) http://www.mauricemikkers.nl #Micrographs #Science #Tech #Art #Creative #Concepts

MICROGRAPH STORIES

Visualising the everyday things we encounter and consume in our daily life.

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