Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is known to be a computer geek. He used to be chairman of the 'Syrian Computer Society' and opened up his country to the internet in 2001. Minecraft Mausoleum utilizes Minecraft - an online building game - as context and medium to present a model of a Mausoleum for president Bashar. A first model and rendering of the Mausoleum was presented in Aleppo, Syria in August 2010.
Bashar al-Assad is a British-trained ophthalmologist and the eye doctor’s tumbling E eye chart is the alpha and omega of the Syrian IPO chapter. Does Dr. Bashar still dream about E charts and the course for Syria they might chart: left, right, up or down? -- His father Hafez and brother Basil are buried in a vast echoing mausoleum in the city of Qardaha. This M (“E down”) shaped mausoleum might be how Assad's Mausoleum will look like.
Soundtrack: 'Song for Lenin' from the CD 'Best of Communism, selection of revolutionary songs. Hungaraton Records 1997