ART DUBAI GLOBAL ARTS FORUM DOHA
Returning for a sixth year as part of the Art Dubai contemporary art fair, the Global Arts Forum 2012 will expand to six days and spread to two cities. The fair will begin in Doha from 18 to 19 March and continue in Dubai from 21 to 24 March.
From the press release,
ART DUBAI’S GLOBAL ART FORUM_6 EXPANDS TO SIX DAYS: 18 to 19 MARCH IN DOHA AND 21 to 24 MARCH IN DUBAI
2012 TO FOCUS ON MULTIPLE MEANINGS OF MEDIA IN THE ART WORLD AND BEYOND
The Global Art Forum, the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region’s leading platform for cultural debate and discussion, expands to six days in 2012, and features commissioned projects and research, as well as live debates and presentations.
Now in its sixth year, the Global Art Forum is directed by writer Shumon Basar and is characterised by a particularly innovative and dynamic approach.
Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum_6, presented by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and in partnership with Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (Qatar Museums Authority), starts in Doha 18 to 19 March before continuing to Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah, 21 to 24 March.
Salem Belyouha, Projects & Events Director, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: “Over the past five years, the Global Art Forum has served as a substantial platform to encourage intercultural dialogue between artists and art-enthusiasts, bringing together those that contribute to the growing cultural and artistic fabric of the city. As the only conference that debates topics surrounding the arts industry, Global Art Forum has become an integral event in Dubai’s cultural calendar. The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority is delighted to once again extend its support to the Forum.”
Entitled ‘The Medium of Media’, the Forum is re-inventing itself this year. Along with the familiar array of lectures, conversations, discussions, and workshops, it includes a new roster of commissioned projects that precede and succeed the live days. Thematically, GAF_6 looks at the double meaning of the term ‘media’, both within the art world and referring to the world of publishing and reportage. Underpinning this is a look back at the past year in the Arab world, and how fundamental events have been both produced and consumed as media. GAF_6 is, effectively, a media production about media.
Over 50 contributors to Global Art Forum_6 include: LACMA director Michael Govan; Serpentine Gallery co-director of exhibitions and programmes and director of international projects Hans Ulrich Obrist; novelist and artist Douglas Coupland; writer/critic Sukhdev Sandhu; art market reporter Georgina Adam; film-producer Anna Lena Vaney; artists Wael Shawky, Shezad Dawood and Michael Rakowitz; curators Jack Persekian and Nat Muller; Demotix founder Turi Munthe; commentators Sultan Suood Al Qassemi and Yasmine El Rashidi; blogger Hind Mezaina; as well as filmmaker Sophie Fiennes with a special screening of ‘Over Your Cities the Grass will Grow’.
Commissioned projects include a series of PowerPointsTM by writers and artists, curated by Victoria Camblin, including Goldin & Senneby and Alexander Provan/Triple Canopy; a Dictionary of the Mediatized Gulf by Qatari artist-writer Sophia Al Maria; a series of publications entitled ‘Some Medium Stories’, edited by Michael Vazquez featuring Emily Dische-Becker, Tom Francis, Kristine Khouri; and a Media Archiving blog by Mariam Wissam Al Dabbagh. Two new collaborations between Art Dubai and Mathaf will be announced: an interactive Arabic Art Glossary, led by curator Lara Khaldi, and an Artist’s Residency at Al Jazeera news network, Doha. These works will be made available, in both Doha and Dubai, at the new Forum Forum resource space, which will include UAE research by Brusselssprout.
- Qatar top contemporary art buyer international, reports Art Newspaper – August 2011 – how the Qatari Royal family is driving Doha’s cultural development
- Art Dubai’s aim of giving back to region realized? Media round-up – March 2011 – a collection of impressions from last year’s fair
- Art Observed reports on Mathaf Arab art museum inauguration and preview – January 2011 – coverage of the opening of the first modern Arab art museum in the Middle East
- Sotheby’s to hold first ever international auction house sale of calligraphy in Doha – July 2010 – yet another indicator of Doha’s rise as a major art center
- Antonia Carver named Art Dubai director, lends Middle Eastern art insight to fair – July 2010 – the newest director of Art Dubai and what her expertise might bring to the event
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