Cécile B. Evans, What A Feeling, 2014, Courtesy of the artist
GLOBAL ART FORUM 2015
The ninth edition of the Global Art Forum takes on the theme of technologies and their impact on the world of art and culture. Titled Download Update?, the Forum is co-directed by Turi Munthe and Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, with Shumon Basar as Director-at-Large.
Beginning for the first time in Kuwait, March 14-15 (at Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah), before continuing at Art Dubai, March 18-20, the Global Art Forum's line-up of speakers ranges from those at the forefront of new developments in technology–including M3/Relativity design director Christopher Bevans, Google Cultural Project director Amit Sood and digital education innovator Ayesha Khanna–to artists, writers and curators engaging with technologies in particularly innovative ways, including Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Amar Bakshi, James Bridle, Manal Al Dowayan, Cécile B. Evans, Omar Kholeif, Dan O'Hara, The Otolith Group and Troy Conrad Therrien.
The Global Art Forum is presented by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and supported by Dubai Design District (d3).
In Kuwait, the Forum is supported by Tamdeen Group and held in association with Sultan Gallery and Nuqat.
Forum Fellows, Art Dubai's fellowship programme, returns this year with a focus on writing and is led by writer and curator Tirdad Zolghadr.
This intensive programme of discussions and workshops enables exceptional writers from the Middle East to hone their writing skills and learn from each other's experiences, while engaging with the editors, critics, curators and museum directors that attend the fair.
Fellows selected for the 2015 programme are: Rahel Aima (Dubai), Liane Al Ghusain (Kuwait), Mirene Arsanios (Beirut), Kareem Estefan (New York), Yara Saqfalhait (Ramallah) and Stefan Tarnowski (Beirut/London).
Julius Baer, a lead sponsor of Art Dubai, is supporting the Forum Fellows programme for the first time in 2015.
Read more about Forum Fellows 2015 on our website.
The Global Art Forum also features the launch of a two-year partnership with 89plus, the long-term, international, multi-platform research project co-founded by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist, investigating the generation of 'digital natives' born in or after 1989.
Innovators based in the Gulf are invited to apply to participate in workshops led by Obrist and Castets with 89plus collaborator Abdullah Al Mutairi, with a view towards developing a collaborative project–the first in the region–for Art Dubai 2016.
The Global Art Forum also features an 89plus presentation and discussion on Friday March 20, 6-7.30pm. Supported by Dubai Design District (d3).
Global Art Forum Kuwait includes a two-day workshop (March 15-16) on digitising archives, led by Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong) and Sultan Gallery (Kuwait), with the participation of the Arab Image Foundation (Beirut).
The workshop invites participants to share best practice and debate both practical and conceptual ideas around the digitisation of archives and artworks, with particular reference to the Middle East and South Asia.
In 2015, the Campus Art Dubai Core class of 2014-15 takes over the curation of the fair's week-long radio station. Working with ideas of slowness and the construction of heritage, inspired by this year's course theme, the UAE-based artists, writers, researchers, curators and architects have developed an eclectic programme of interviews, readings, mixtapes, performances and unique sound works.