Discover, Listen, Reflect : Art Dubai 2016 hosting Global Art Forum


Art Dubai 2016 commenced today, hailing the Fair into its 10th year. A decade young the fair has matured beyond its age bringing a truly Global Event to the region. The Art is divided and showcased in different designated spaces for Modern, Contemporary, Commissioned and Sponsored projects. The energy and vibe generated by the work on display, exhibitors, and visitors of the fair is a special one on one equation, leaving no space for selections or shortlists. Simply best experienced via a sensory wander (preferably in comfortable footwear) through the expanse of the curated spaces of Madinat Jumeirah where the fair will be open to the public from March 17-19. We have collected a few frames forming the narrative of our experience, as a glimpse into what the fair holds to be experienced and discovered.


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This however is not the limit of what the fair presents, as it hosts a positively complimenting series of live talks guided by a curated theme, the Global Art Forum, bringing together a diverse line-up of participants including artists, curators, musicians, strategists, thinkers and writers. We especially look forward to Friday March 18th, afternoon session with talks by UAE based Urbanists Ahmed Bin Shabib and Rashid Bin Shabib founders of cultural engineering and US based Architect Liam Young founder of the urban futures think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today. The programme provides the following about their talks:


In 1972, George Candilis, a collaborator of Le Corbusier, created a masterplan for Dubai, a year after the formation of the UAE. From the modernist ideals of John Harris to the work of Greek architect Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis, who also planned the cities of Detroit and Islamabad, Ahmed and Rashid Bin Shabib present a visual history of the implied, unrealized and jettisoned ambitions of Dubai’s master plans.


The title of their presentation is The Future was Dubai. Ahmed Bin Shabib and Rashid Bin Shabib are both urbanists and founders of Cultural Engineering – an institution that has tasked itself over the last 10 years with advancing the urban identity of the contemporary gulf in Dubai. Cultural Engineering was nominated for the Agha Khan awards for architecture in 2010. Both Ahmed & Rashid hold degrees from the University of Oxford in urbanism

Liam Young is an architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He is founder of the think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a group who explore the possibilities of fantastic, speculative and imaginary urbanisms and co runs the ‘Unknown Fields Division’, a nomadic studio that travels on expeditions behind the scenes of the modern city. He presents 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, ghost architectures, anomalies, glitches, and sprites, searching for the wilds beyond the machine. This performance is an audio-visual expedition to a city found somewhere between the present and the predicted, the real and the imagined, stitched together from fragments of real landscapes and designed urban fictions.


Art Dubai is held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai

The Global Art Forum (GAF) is presented by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and supported by Dubai Design District (d3). Taking place from March 16-18 at Art Dubai, Fort Island – Madinat Jumeirah, the full daily schedule of GAF can be accessed here

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