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Art Dubai 2016: Global Art Forum 10. The Future Was

Madinat Jumeirah

16 Mar 201619 Mar 2016

Each year, the Global Art Forum brings together a diverse line-up of artists, curators, musicians, strategists, thinkers and writers to present and debate ideas around a curated theme. Typically featuring around 50 speakers, and running over five days, the Global Art Forum has become known as one of the largest and most significant annual arts conferences in the Middle East and Asia.

The tenth edition of the Global Art Forum explores the ways in which artists, writers, technologists, historians, musicians and thinkers have imagined – and are shaping – the future. Titled The Future Was, the Forum is conceived by Shumon Basar as Commissioner, with Amal Khalaf and Uzma Z. Rizvi as Co-directors.  The Forum takes place in Dubai and London in January 2016, and at its home at Art Dubai, March 16-19, 2016.

Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum is presented by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and supported by Dubai Design District (d3).

Does it feel as if the future was once ahead of us, far away, but now the future surrounds us in our present, on our screens, with each compulsive finger-swipe? What were the great dreams of what was to come? What will they be? 

In customary fashion, the Global Art Forum will convene the most compelling minds from across and above planet Earth to tell untold histories and share speculative stories. The 21st century continues to measure new modernities – from Mumbai to Tehran to Dubai and beyond – with skyscrapers, satellites and space races, even as new futures are imagined, invented and rejected. Because the future is always unevenly distributed in its meaning, its memory and emotive draw. What else might the word “future” mean and why does it resist ever being fully understood?

Co-Directors:

Amal Khalaf is an artist, researcher and curator. She is the Projects Curator at the Serpentine Galleries and has been working on the Edgware Road Project since its inception in 2009. She is currently Commissioning Editor of Projects for online platform, Ibraaz and a founding member of artist collective GCC, as well as a trustee of the Crossway Foundation.

Uzma Z. Rizvi is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies at the Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of International Studies at the American University of Sharjah. Recent publications include ‘Crafting Resonance: Empathy and Belonging in Ancient Rajasthan’ (2015), ‘Decolonizing Archaeology: On the Global Heritage of Epistemic Laziness’ (2015) and World Archaeological Congress Research Handbook on Postcolonial Archaeology (2010).

Commissioner:

Shumon Basar was Director of Global Art Forum 6, Commissioner of Global Art Forum 7 and 8 and Director-at-Large of Global Art Forum 9. Co-author with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist of The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, he is also a founding member of the Fondazione Prada’s ‘Thought Council.’

  • Image courtesy of: Abu Dhabi Media Image courtesy of: Abu Dhabi Media
  • The Future Was A Computer Generate, 2015. Courtesy of WTD Magazine The Future Was A Computer Generate, 2015. Courtesy of WTD Magazine

Special Events

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Opening
Admission: Ticket

The Future was.
Art Dubai’s Director, Antonia Carver, and the Global Art Forum’s Commissioner and Co-Directors introduce the session by traveling ten years in ten minutes.

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

The Future was the Past.
Francesco Vezzoli talks to Hans Ulrich Obrist and Shumon Basar about intrepid interpretations of art history, the anti-nostalgia imperative and ways of protesting against forgetting.

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

Postcards from the Future

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Lecture
Admission: Ticket

The Future was the Market. When ‘The Market’ is defined as this endless material chain, argues Elie Ayache, time drops out of the equation and the future, literally, is no longer ahead.

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

Intermission

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

The Future was the Future. Hito Steyerl tells Shumon Basar about the cultural and political dreams of the future that failed us, and those that might continue to fuel us into whatever happens to happen next.

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Opening
Admission: Ticket

The Future was Overcast. Unable to come to terms with the Tehran she found herself in, artist Jinoos Taghizadeh redrew her landscape on paper. Sohrab Mahdavi (Writer) and Tirdad Zolghadr (Curator and writer).

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

The Future was Collective. How do we cultivate the capacity to create as our move against destruction? Adrienne Maree Brown (Writer, social justice facilitator, healer, doula and pleasure activist) and Co-Director Amal Khalaf

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Performance
Admission: Ticket

The Future was two semi-circles. Christine Sun Kim uses the medium of sound through technology, performance, and drawing to investigate her relationship with sound and spoken languages.

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Opening
Admission: Ticket

The Future was. Commissioner Shumon Basar with Co-Directors Amal Khalaf and Uzma Z. Rizvi

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

Postcard from the Future

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

The Future was a Cloud. What are the effect of the Cloud on life and work, leisure and love, and on images, bodies, and minds? João Ribas (Senior Curator and Deputy Director, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art)

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

Postcard from the Future

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madiant Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

The Future was the Desert. Lauren Beukes and Sophia Al Maria talk to Shumon Basar about why the deep past of the desert is also the perennial projection of literary and cinematic futures.

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madiant Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

Intermission

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

The Future was Sci-Fi. Panel discussion with Noura Al Noman and Mohammad Al Hammadi discuss with Uzma Z. Rizvi.

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

Postcards from the Future

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

Conversation “Perception”.Glenn D. Lowry (Director, the Museum of Modern Art, MOMA), eL Seed(Artist)

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Opening
Admission: Ticket

The Future was. Introduction. Commissioner Shumon Basar with Co-Directors Amal Khalaf and Uzma Z. Rizvi

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

The Future was Dubai. With Ahmed Bin Shabib and Rashid Bin Shabib (Urbanists)

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

The Future Was Smart. Join speculative architect Liam Young and an all-seeing smart city operating system as they take a tour in a driverless taxi through a network of software systems, autonomous infrastructures.

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

The Future was Space. What does an archaeology of space even look like? In this talk, @drspacejunk will move us between the stars and think through the detritus of earthly celestial politics by way of satellite poetics. Alice Gorman (Senior Lecturer, Department of Archeology, Flinders University) and Co-Director Amal Khalaf

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

Conversation. The Future was Enchanted. With Nada Raza (Assistant Curator, Tate Modern) and Co-Director Uzma Z. Rizvi.

Destination: Dubai & Sharjah
Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Type: Performance
Admission: Ticket

The Future was Dichronic. In this performance”The Color of Polycarbonates”, Monira Al Qadiri mythologizes oil through its color, form, machinations and character, by linking it to a culture that preceded it, and imagining a culture that succeeds it.

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OPENING:
wed, thu 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm; fri, sat, sun, sun, sun 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

ADMISSION:
One-Day Pass: 50 AED Three-Day Pass: 80 AED Children 18 years old and under are admitted free of charge. University students can also enter free upon show of student ID.

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