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Podcast featuring discussions and interviews about the cultural happenings in the United Arab Emirates presented by Hind Mezaina (The Culturist) and Wael Hattar.

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Friday
Jan292010

Portrait of a Generation - a call for work

Illustration by Khalid Mezaina

Tashkeel is looking for talented artists living and working in the United Arab Emirates to respond to their latest call for work for an exhibition 'Portrait of a Generation'.

"In a portrait, you have a room to have a point of view. The image may not literally be what's going on, but it's representative." Annie Lebovitz

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Wednesday
Jan272010

Sense of Sight - Photography exhibition at DUCTAC on 3rd Feb

I will be taking part in a group exhibition - Sense of Sight - that opens next week organised by DUCTAC and Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai.

The objective of this project is to highlight the importance of eyesight and vision and the need for regular eye screening through the portrayal of visual disturbance either psychological or in the form of visual impairment.

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Tuesday
Jan262010

Mahmovies! Delian Mode and The Man With a Movie Camera

Delian Mode (Kara Blake, 2009)
Duration: 25 mins

This is a documentary about Delia Derbyshire who created theme song for 'Doctor Who'. Not only did this musical pioneer create this unforgettable theme, she created every sound it comprised. This experimental short film is a collage of sound and image created in the spirit of Derbyshire’s unique approach to audio creation and manipulation and illuminates such soundscapes onscreen while paying tribute to a woman whose work has influenced electronic musicians for decades. It recently won Best Short Documentary at Hot Docs. (If you are too young to remember the original Dr Who series and the music, listen to it here.)

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Sunday
Jan242010

Art Nights at the Gate Village


A new monthly night (every last Wednesday of the month) called Art Night will launch this week the Gate Village in Dubai International Finance Centre.

The Gate Village is a great space with a selection of very good art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and cafes, so I'm glad to see this monthly social evening is happening, where the galleries will stay open till late alongside special events per month like movie screenings, live art and fashion shows.

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Sunday
Jan242010

Mapping Dubai: A Very Personal Take on My City

Image by Hind Mezaina

On Tuesday, 26th January, Shelter will host a talk with Mishaal Gergawi, an Emirati commentator on socio-economic and cultural affairs in the UAE. With so much being said and written about Dubai recently, Mapping Dubai will attempt to build a narrative of the series of events and ideas that led to its current state, analyse the ramifications of the economic crisis and finally where Dubai can and should go from here.

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Sunday
Jan242010

Mahmovies! at thejamjar - RIP: A Remix Manifesto and The Lost Fingers

The second season of Mahmovies! Music of the Eyes series opens with RIP: A Remix Manifesto on 25th January at thejamjar.

A documentary that delves into remix culture and copyright in the information age - with blurred lines between users and producers today, watch this documentary to hear the arguments whether it's a case of culture building upon culture, copyright infringement or a compromise of creative integrity.

 
The screening will be followed with a live performance by The Lost Fingers, a gypsy jazz trio from Quebec, Canada known for their unique interpretations of 1980s classics from “Billie Jean” to “Pump Up the Jam”.

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Tuesday
Jan192010

The Human Rights Project - 20th and 21st Jan

The Human Rights Project is a US based trio consisting of Mark Gonzales, a poet and an educator and hip hop artists Nizar Wattad and Omar Offendum who offer a unique examination of identity, pop culture and growing up in the 'other' United States through lyrical beats and spoken word. They are currently touring within the region and will be in Dubai this week, for two nights only.

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Monday
Jan182010

Mahmovies - Music for the Eyes 2010

Tuesday
Jan122010

Animal Farm at DUCTAC: 14th-16th Jan 2010

I like one man shows, I am never sure what to expect, but I always end up really enjoying them. So I am really looking forward to this.

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Tuesday
Jan122010

Sacred Sights: photographs in India at The Empty Quarter Gallery