The Room is an immersive, large-scale interactive installation that takes place at the Fair each year.
This year The Room takes place at the heart of the fair across an extended TV studio for the daytime talk programme: Good Morning GCC. “Good Morning GCC” uses the tropes of daytime talk shows commonly featured on TV stations across the Arab world alongside a reference to Nam June Paik’s “Good Morning Mr. Orwell”, Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party, Chris Burden’s commercials and other artists who have used television’s potential to communicate to a wide audience. Celebrity wedding singer and TV chef Sulaiman Al Qassar, an icon of food and performance, will launch the programme with a performative cooking demonstration on a stage design reflecting a behind-the-scenes backstage aesthetic which will be the anchor for a series of dailyTV segments, performances, and parties over the course of the fair.
Founded in the VIP lounge at Art Dubai in 2013, the collective GCC (Nanu Al-Hamad, Khalid Al Gharaballi, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Fatima Al Qadiri, Monira Al Qadiri, Aziz Al Qatami, Barrak Alzaid, Amal Khalaf) has continued to address the shifting systems of power in the Gulf region and abroad.
- Good Morning GCC. 2017. Courtesy of the Artists.