By Tajudeen Sowole
When Global Art Forum 2015 opens during the 10th edition of Art Dubai holding from March 18 at Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah, U.A.E, writers, technologists and other professionals in creative and digital world will be probing what the organisers tagged The Future.
Among resource professionals listed for the event are Art Dubai’s Director, Antonia Carver, Global Art Forum’s Commissioner, Shumon Basar and Co-Directors Amal Khalaf as well as Uzma Z. Rizvis. The resource persons, according to the organisers, will introduce the session by retrieving one decade of trajectory.
In one of the topics, The Future Was The Past, issues about museums' role as programmed to protect the past will take the spotlight with the question - Do they also guard the future? Among the highlights are Vezzoli talking to Hans Ulrich Obrist and Basar about intrepid interpretations of art history, the anti-nostalgia imperative and ways of protesting against forgetting.
Among other topics is ‘The Future Was Overcast.’
Excerpt from the press statement: 'The past we know is simply what someone imagined and manifested into being, the stories that the humans of that time decided to tell. The future is unwritten, a mass of unwritten stories. Yes there are reasons to feel afraid; there is experiential trauma from a history thick with imperialism, colonialism, capitalism. But rather than letting that silence us, how do we cultivate the capacity to create as our move against destruction? How do we learn to use collaborative ideation to carve out space for futures that are collective, resilient, interdependent, compelling, and beautiful? How do we use science fiction, emergent strategies and pleasure activism to develop a future we long for?"
Still on projection into the future, the programme of the event adds that Christine Sun Kim is expected to present works developed in relation to the different shades of the sound and meaning of the future. Her work breaks down rigid definitions by piecing together a tangle of overlapping languages and systems, including American Sign Language (ASL), which is similar to sound in its intrinsic spatiality.
Questions to be distilled include: Do futures have personalities? Can futures get further away, altered or moved by the space that we give them?
Included in the programme is The Future Was Cloud. "Since the second half of the 20th century, we have lived under the shadow of two clouds: the mushroom cloud of the atomic bomb, and the ‘cloud’ of distributed information networks. João Ribas, curator of the Museu Serralves’ exhibition Under the Clouds, explores how the central metaphor of cold war paranoia becomes the utopian metaphor of today. 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)"
On the list of speakers are Lauren Beukes and Sophia Al Maria who are scheduled to talk to Basar about why the deep past of the desert is also the perennial projection of literary and cinematic futures. It’s a time-travel trip through Oman and Australia, Namibia and South Africa, via Tatooine, Abu Dhabi and Arrakis.