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Systems for a Score and Live Electro-Acoustic Drawing by Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver


On Tuesday, 10th February, Tashkeel will host Live Electro-Acoustic Drawing, a one night performance that will include projected live drawing, both led and accompanied by sound on hand-made acoustic and electronic instruments.

The performance by Sofia Chatzisararanti, Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver forms part of Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver 's exhibition Systems for a Score currently on show at Tashkeel until 14th February 2015. 

The performance will start at 7.30pm. Really looking forward to this. 



About Systems for a Score:


Sound art can work to an unprecedented set of scores and there is a fluidity to it that reaches beyond the visual signifier. The language of sound, determined by subjective imagination and context, enjoys certain freedoms from the semantically binding codes that dominate the visual arts.



For their first exhibition in the region Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver construct a possible 'grammar of sound' from its own physical, occluded principles. Through the reiteration of sound across a series of forms, Systems for a Score delineates the subtle capacity of sound to bridge actual and imagined states.  



Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver set out to examine the language of sound art from the premise that hearing is 'another form of seeing.' 

Systems for a Score experiments with different patterns and technologies of sound-making, triggering our innate ability to decode, decipher and extract compositional or rhythmic patterns from both visual and audible matter. The exhibition challenges and capitalises on our perception of listening as a sensory experience conditioned by context, and explores how sound can be used to delineate the invisible or intangible while at odds with expected visual representations. 




Event details
Live Electro-Acoustic Drawing - Tuesday, 10th February at 7.30pm
Systems for a Score - Until 14th February (Saturday-Thursday, 8:00am-10:00pm)

Venue: Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba (location map)



Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible - Opening Programme

Sharjah Biennial 12 will take place between 5th March and 5th June 2014. Curated by Eungie Joo with associate curator Ryan Inouye, the theme this year is "The past, the present, the possible".  

The premise of Sharjah Biennial 12 stems from a conversation between artist Danh Vo and curator Eungie Joo in early 2013, about the relevance of contemporary art and the potential of artistic positions to imagine something beyond current states of social and political confinement.

Beginning with Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual March Meeting in 2014, Sharjah Biennial 12 has engaged artists in a conversation about the place, the project, and each others’ practices. Though archaeological research confirms the presence of humans in this region over 125,000 years ago, Sharjah—as a city, an emirate and a member of a relatively young federation—is still in the process of imagining itself through education, culture, religion, heritage and science.

Sharjah Biennial 12 invites over 50 artists and cultural practitioners to participate in this process by introducing their ideas of the possible through their art and work. Two-thirds of participating artists will present new works and commissions.

This year's edition of the biennial will include new venues in and around Sharjah, including The Flying Saucer (formerly a supermarket and restaurant), plus an an abandoned ice factory in the city of Kalba on the Gulf of Oman


The opening week of the biennial, 5th - 7th March 2015 will include a series of tours, performances, events and film screenings. There are no VIP invites and passes for this. It is open to everyone and free to attend. So I strongly suggest you block your calendars and make your way to Sharjah for the opening.  



Opening Programme:

Thursday, 5th March 2015

10:00 am
Sharjah Biennial 12 Official Opening in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi
Location: SAF Art Spaces 

10 am - 1 pm
Abkhazia Anembassy hours with Maxim Gvinjia, part of Secession Sessions by Eric Baudelair
Location: Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Arts

XYZ: action 
by Eduardo Navarro
Location: Al Hamdan Bin Mousa Square

Use Like Water

Performance by Nikhil Chopra
Location: Bait Obaid Al Shamsi

9:30 pm 
Souls’ Landscapes: Violence, magical superstructures & invisible guardians
Performance by Uriel Barthélémi
Location: Mirage City Cinema, SAF Art Spaces
Duration: 35 minutes



Friday, 6th March 2015

10:00 am – 1:00 pm 
Abkhazia Anembassy Hours with Maxim Gvinjia, part of Secession Sessions by Eric Baudelaire 
Location: Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Arts  

4:00 pm 
Fanfare funérailles (Funeral Brass) 
Performance by Papy Ebotani 
Location: Arts Square to Calligraphy Square
Duration: 70 minutes  

Until sunset
Use Like Water

Performance by Nikhil Chopra
Location: Bait Obaid Al Shamsi

8:30 pm 
Le Cargo
Performance by Faustin Linyekula
Location: Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Arts
Duration: 55 minutes


10:00 pm 
In the absence of the objects seen
Screening event by Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri 
Location: Bait Obaid Al Shamsi  


Saturday, 7th March 2015 

10 am - 5 pm
Excursion to Kalba to view installation by Adrián Villar Rojas and installation by Hassan Khan at the Flying Saucer in Sharjah
Buses depart from Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah Rotana Hotel and the Radisson Blu Hotel.

7:00 pm 
Souls’ Landscapes: The great mantle of night which has enveloped us…
Performance by Uriel Barthélémi  
Location: Warehouse 1 at Khalid Port
Duration: 35 minutes  

9:30 pm 
Le Cargo
Performance by Faustin Linyekula 
Location: Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Arts
Duration: 55 minutes  



11:00 pm
SB12 Film Programme screening
Location: Mirage City Cinema, SAF Art spaces 



There will be additional unscheduled events taking place, so just turn up and be open to the biennial. After the opening week, there will be weekly film screenings and an education programme every Saturday starting from 7th March. I will be posting more about Sharjah Biennial 12 over the next few weeks. 

I had such a great time at Sharjah Biennial 11 and I can't wait to dive into Sharjah Biennial 12.




Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible includes works by:
Basel Abbas*, Ruanne Abou-Rahme*, Etel Adnan*, Babak Afrassiabi*, Abdullah Al Saadi*, Rheim Alkadhi*, Ayreen Anastas*, Leonor Antunes*, Uriel Barthélémi*, Eric Baudelaire, Mark Bradford*, Unnikrishnan C.*, Chimurenga*, Nikhil Chopra*, Saloua Raouda Choucair, Chung Chang-Sup, Abraham Cruzvillegas*, Papy Ebotani, Rene Gabri*, Ahmad Ghossein*, Im Heung-Soon*, Iman Issa*, Michael Joo*, Maryam Kashani*, Mohammed Kazem, Hassan Khan*, Kristine Khouri*, Beom Kim, Byron Kim*, Lala Rukh, Kit Lee*, Jac Leirner*, Faustin Linyekula, Jawshing Arthur Liou, Cinthia Marcelle*, Rodney McMillian*, Julie Mehretu*, mixrice*, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Eduardo Navarro*, Damián Ortega*, Rasha Salti*, Hassan Sharif, Taro Shinoda*, Gary Simmons*, Nasrin Tabatabai*, Rayyane Tabet*, Rirkrit Tiravanija*, Adrián Villar Rojas*, Danh Vo, Xu Tan, Haegue Yang*, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye*, Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara, and Fahrelnissa Zeid

*presenting new works


A look back at Sharjah Biennial 11

This is a long overdue review of Sharjah Biennial 11 that I've been meaning to share with you since the summer of 2013. With Sharjah Biennial 12 just under a month away, starting on 5th March and ending on 5th June 2015, now is a good opportunity to look back and share with you the last edition and get you excited for the next one.

If you're not familiar with Sharjah Biennial, it started in 1993 organised by Sharjah's Department of Culture and Information. It is now organised by the Sharjah Art Foundation which was established in 2009 and headed by Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi. The biennial has grown from a traditional and regionally focused art event to a high profile biennial and the largest art event in the UAE and the Gulf region. 

The 11th edition of the Sharjah Biennial saw the inauguration of the new Sharjah Art Spaces, five new multi-functional art spaces connected by open-air courtyards and roof-top terraces within the Sharjah Heritage Area, including an open air cinema. Beautiful spaces seamlessly blended with the heritage area. 

Sharjah Art Spaces

The opening week of Sharjah Biennial 11 was very busy, but after that, I visited several times between March and May, sometimes alone and sometimes with friends. I experienced the biennial on a bright sunny day, cloudy/rainy afternoon and on quiet nights.

The biennial included more than 100 artists, architects, filmmakers, musicians and performers whose artworks and practices followed the theme of Re:emerge, Towards a New Cultural Cartography, curated by Yuko Hasegawa

In Re:emerge, Towards a New Cultural Cartography, curator Yuko Hasegawa proposes a Biennial that reassess the Westerncentrism of knowledge in modern times and reconsiders the relationship between the Arab world, Asia, the Far East, through North Africa and Latin America.

Hasegawa was inspired by the courtyard in Islamic architecture, in particular the historical courtyards of Sharjah, where elements of both public and private life intertwine, and where the objective political world and the introspective subjective space intersect and cross over.


The biennial was spread across several areas, all walking distance from the Heritage Area and the Sharjah Art Spaces. Each visit to the biennial was a joy, alone or with friends. I found the biennial engaging, thoughtful, refreshing and fun. 

Map of Sharjah Biennial 11 

My favourite moments/highlights from Sharjah Biennial 11 (I urge you to click on each link to read more about the work):

  • the Sharjah Art Spaces, now my favourite art space in the UAE


Here’s a video of the photos I took during my visits between March and May. 


Below is a video of photos I took from the alva noto (Carsten Nicolai) and Ryuichi Sakamoto performance during the opening week. They are snaphots from my phone and I've included an extract from Uni c by alva noto to give you a sense of what the performance was like. It was electrifying. Held in an open courtyard in Bait Al Shamsi, it was packed with people of all ages and nationalities, everyone was mesmerised. It was such a great moment and this video doesn't really do the performanc any justice, but I hope you get the idea. 

In his work, alva noto seeks to overcome the separation of art forms and genres to create an integrated artistic approach. His 2011 album univrs addresses the conceptual differentiation of a universal language (“universum/universal” as unity, entirety). The visualisation of univrs (uniscope version) – an expanded screen projection setup – combines a variety of modules on a digital level that demonstrate different methods of audio analysis. The resulting signal processing is shown as a relay structure and is performed in real time. Each module can be zoomed in on, enabling greater visual detail. The work was developed with touchdesigner software in close cooperation with Derivative in Toronto, Canada. 


You can see more of Sharjah Biennial 11 here.  

Look out for a post about Sharjah Biennial 12 which will take place between 5th March and 5th June 2015. If you are living in the UAE or visiting during those dates, make sure you don't miss it.  



Cinema at The Space - February 2015

Cinema at The Space
 is celebrating the Oscars this month by screening some of the nominated films, films by the nominated directors and previous nominated/winning films.

The screenings take place at The Space in Abu Dhabi (twofour54 Park Rotana Building), and free to attend, but you must RSVP in advance.

If you've not watched them yet, then don't miss Boyhood and Ida. Both in my top ten list of favourite films of 2014. Here's the line up for February: 


Monday, 2nd February at 7:30pm 
Boyhood, dir. Richard Linklater (2014) 

Wednesday, 4th February at 7:30pm  
Letters from Iwo Jima, dir. Clint Eastwood (2006) 

Monday, 9th February at 7:30pm
Biutiful, dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu (2010)


Wednesday, 11th February at 7:30pm 
The Royal Tenenbaums, dir. Wes Anderson (2001)

Monday, 16th February at 7:30pm 
Ida, dir. Pawel Pawlikowski (2013) 

Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7:30pm 
The Pianist, dir. Roman Polanski (2002) 

Monday, Feb. 23 at 7:30pm 
Omar, dir. Hany Abu-Assad (2013)

Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30pm  
Topsy Turvy, dir. Mike Leigh (1999) 


Film and TV Viewing Log - January 2015

The Servant

Film and TV Viewing Log is a new addition to the blog where I will be sharing all the films and TV shows I've watched.

Inspired by one of my favourite bloggers The Futurist who shares his own monthly list, it's a way to keep track of what I'm watching every month and to hopefully inspire you to watch some of these titles too. 


Bitter Lake (2015, Adam Curtis)

Mommy, I'm Scared (Turkey, 2004, Reha Erdem) 

The Conversation (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)

Peeping Tom (1960, Michael Powell)

A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (Thailand, 2009, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

The Servant (1963, Joseph Losey) 

Pierrot Le Feu (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)  

The Wild Blue Yonder (2005, Werner Herzog)

Bad Guy (South Korea, 2001, Kim-Ki Duk) 

I'm Still Here (2010, Casey Affleck)

Salut Les Cubains (1963, Agnès Varda)

Empire of Passion (Japan, 1978, Nagisa Ôshima)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972, Luis Buñuel) 

The Invisible Frame (2009, Cynthia Beatt)

Contempt (1963, Jean-Luc Godard) 

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008, Alex Gibney) 

The Stuart Hall Project (2013, John Akomfrah) 

Dogtooth (Greece, 2009, Yorgos Lanthimos) 

Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013, Abdellatif Kechiche) 

Hockney (2014, Randall Wright) 

Kelly + Victor (2012, Kieran Evans)  

Europa Report (2013, Sebastián Cordero)

The Imitation Game (2014, Morten Tyldum) 

Unbroken (2014, Angeline Jolie) 

The Immigrant (2013, James Gray)



Kraftwerk: Pop Art (2015) 

Tubular Bells: The Mike Oldfield Story (2013) 

Top of the Pops, The Story of 1980 (2015)

Northern Soul: Living for the Weekend (2014) 

Black Mirror, Season 1 (2011), Season 2 (2013, Christmas Special (2014)

Utopia, Season 1 (2013), Season 2 (2014) 




A.i.R Dubai 2015 (Artists in Residence)


AiR Dubai is an annual artist residency programme which gives UAE based and international artists/curators the opportunity to be based in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood (formerly known as Al Bastakiya) in Dubai. The programme is run by Art DubaiDubai Culture and Arts Authority, Tashkeel and Delfina Foundation

This year's edition is the fourth one and I'm happy to announce I am one of the arists participating in this residency. It's the first time I join an artist residency, so I'm excited, nervous and happy. 

AiR Dubai 2015 is curated by Lara Khaldi, with Munira Al Sayegh as co-curator. The other artists in the residency include: 

Khorfakkan-based artist Mohammed Ahmed IbrahimSharmeen Syed, whose practice references architectural research; and multi-media artist Jessica Mein. The artists joining them in the residency from abroad are the Amsterdam-based, former Rijksakademie resident Mehraneh Atashi, who works in photography, video and installation and has been recently pre-occupied with the concept of entropy, as well as Beirut-based artist Rheim Alkadhi, who weaves poetic collages from objects, texts, and images. (via Art Dubai)

The residency officially started on 11th January and will end on 8th April. The work produced during the residency will be exhibited at Art Dubai, 18th-21st March 2015. We will also be scheduling some public talks and events, so watch this space. 

Here are some photos from the residency area.  

Around Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and the residency house (House no. 33)


AiR 2015 Lunch at Arabian Tea House


By the creek 

Unfortunately, most of the Bur Dubai side of the creek is blocked off, but luckily we can still see the water right outside Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and to the left side of the creek. 



Chromatic by Infiniti 

I usually skip car commercials (and almost all commercials) online and don't really pay attention to them on TV, but here's one I enjoyed. 

Chromatic by Infiniti isn't your typical car TV commercial, it's  music track consisting of sounds made from Infiniti vehicles. Produced by Megadon Betamax, it's got me shacking my head and would probably dance to it if heard on the dance floor (the dance would most likely involve goofy car driving movements with my friends).

You can listen to it by clicking on the Soundcloud link below (you can also 
download it here). Watch the video below, it's quite 'psychedelic' and below it is the "making of" video featuring Megadon Betamax.


Chromatic by Infiniti video


The making of Chromatic by Infiniti 



Pop-Up Film Festival - Reel Palestine 2015


Reel Palestine is a pop-up film festival showing a selection of alternative Palestinian films in the UAE. Between 16th and 24th January, there will be a selection of films screening in various venus in Dubai and Sharjah.  

Why Reel Palestine? 

We believe it is important to be able to see Palestinian culture and tenacity through film and submerge ourselves in the beautiful, difficult, emotional, and inspirational moments that occur under occupation.

Stories that sometimes slip under the radar: stories of maqloubeh, giraffes and nostalgia for a better time. We want to tear down the wall (literally) and allow viewers to cinematically travel to our beloved Palestine, sans restrictions. 

The screenings are free. Here's the line up: 

Friday, 16th January, 7.00pm at thejamjar, Dubai

Trip Along the Exodus (dir. Hind Shoufani)


Trip Along Exodus is a feature-length documentary exploring the last 70 years of Palestinian politics seen through the prism of the life of Dr Elias Shoufani, a leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, an academic writer and leftist intellectual who worked with Fateh (but was one of the leaders of the opposition to Arafat) for 20 years. He is also the father of the filmmaker. 


Saturday, 17th January, 6.00pm at thejamjar, Dubai

Series of short films



Sunday, 18th January, 7.00pm at Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah

Suspended Time (dir. Asma Ghanem, Mahdi Fleifel, Ayman Azraq, Tarzan and Arab Nasser, Amin Nayef, Alaa Al Ali, Muhannad Salahat, Assem Nasser, Yazan Khalili)

In 2013, Palestinian production house Idioms Film issued an open call inviting Palestinian filmmakers to propose films reflecting on the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Oslo Accords. Suspended Time compiles the nine short pieces commissioned for production. Collectively, these richly-varying works “stitch together a contemporary filmic commentary on the Oslo Accords as perceived, sensed and lived by nine filmmakers and artists.” 

Individual titles in sequence: Long War by Asma Ghanem; Twenty Handshakes for Peace by Mahdi Fleifel; Oslo Syndrome by Ayman Azraq; Apartment 10/14 by Tarzan and Arab Nasser; Interference by Amin Nayef; Journey of a Sofa by Alaa Al Ali; Message to Obama by Muhannad Salahat; From Ramallah by Assem Nasser; and Leaving Oslo by Yazan Khalili.


Monday, 19th January, 7.00pm at thejamjar, Dubai

Giraffada (dir. Rani Massalha) 


A family-friendly drama inspired by real events. Ten-year-old Ziad and his zoo veterinarian father embark on a bold journey to save the West Bank’s only giraffe. 

Yacine (Saleh Bakri) is a veterinarian at Qalqilya Zoo, the last remaining zoo in the West Bank. His son Ziad (Ahmad Bayatra) is especially fond of the zoo’s pair of giraffes, with whom he finds a rare calm away from the weight of the occupation. When the male giraffe dies due to an airstrike on the city, his mate Rita grows frail and withdrawn. In order to find her a new partner, father and son will have to spirit a giraffe out of an Israeli safari park and safely back into the West Bank


Tuesday, 20th January, 7.00pm at A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

My Love Awaits Me by the Sea (dir. Mais Darwazah)


How do you return to a place that only exists in your mind?’ This poetic documentary chronicles the director’s first journey back to her homeland, Palestine. 

Award-winning director Mais Darwazah (Take Me Home, 2008; The Dinner, 2012) leaves a secluded life in Amman, journeying to Palestine to seek out a lover she’s never met – the late Palestinian artist Hasan Hourani. Darwazah’s travelogue mixes fairytale with reality and romance as she traces the fractured geographies and uncertain dreams of a Palestinian nation. The result is a highly original road-trip into an elusive homeland. 


Saturday, 24th January, 8.30pm, Mirage Cinema, Sharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces, Sharjah

Encounter with a Lost Land (Maryse Gargour) 


French citizens who lived in Palestine from the 1920s recall life before 1948 through previously unseen personal and diplomatic archives. 

Drawing on private and consular correspondences, rare audio-visual records, newspapers, diaries, and first-hand testimonies, Maryse Gargour (The Land Speaks Arabic, 2007) delivers a rich portrait of the cultural and social life of Mandate Palestine as experienced by French nationals – the sons and daughters of diplomats, priests, surgeons, and traders who lived in Palestine between the 1920s and 1950s. These rarely heard testimonies provide a unique perspective on cosmopolitan life in the wealthy urban centres of Jaffa, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem during the colonial era. 


Sunday, 25th January, 7.00pm at A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Open Bethlehem (Leila Sansour)


There will be a Q&A after the film with Executive Producer Wael Kabbani and actress Carol Sansour Dabdoub. 

Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her home town, soon to be encircled by a wall. She left the city as a teenager thinking that Bethlehem was too small and provincial. She never wanted to return but this time she is making an exception.

She intends her film to be a tribute to her late father, founder of Bethlehem University, and a man regarded as a hero by his town's folk. As Bethlehem approaches ruin her decision to flee this sleepy town, taken much to her father's regret, comes to haunt her.

Armed with her camera and a dilapidated family car that keeps breaking down, Leila plans to make an epic film about a legendary town in crisis but just few months into filming her life and the film take an unexpected turn when cousin Carol, Leila’s last relative in town, persuades her to stay to start a campaign to save the city.



Event page on Facebook



Cinema Akil at Market OTB 2015 

Cinema Akil is a platform aiming to bring films from across the world to Dubai - an alternative to the commercial cinemas we have here. Although Cinema Akil has not opened its doors, the team behind it is organising pop up screenings across the city. 

Last summer we had screenings at The Third Line gallery and between 16th-24th January there will be screenings at Market OTB (Market Outisde the Box, an outdoor pop up market that includes recycled cargo containers as retail spaces promoting local brands, cafes and food kiosks). 


16th-19th January at 7:30PM 

Björk: Biophilia Live 
Director: Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton 
Duration: 97 min | Genre: Documentary / Music | Language: English | 2014

‘Biophilia Live’ is a concert film directed by Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton and produced by Jacqui Edenbrow that captures the human element of Björk’s multi-disciplinary multimedia project: Biophilia.

Recorded live at Björk’s show at London’s Alexandra Palace in 2013, the film features Björk and her band performing every song on ‘Biophilia’ and more using a broad variety of instruments – some digital, some traditional, and some completely unclassifiable.

The film has already been hailed as “a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers” (Variety) and “an imaginative stand-alone artwork” (Hollywood Reporter) and is a vital piece of the grand mosaic that is ‘Biophilia.’


21st-24th January at 7:30PM 

The Wild Blue Yonder
Director: Werner Herzog
Duration: 80 min | Genre: Sci-Fi | Language: English | 2005 

An alien narrates the story of his dying planet, his and his people's visits to Earth and Earth's man-made demise, while human astronauts attempt to find an alternate planet for surviving humans to live on.

The film follows a hypothetical proposition: a group of astronauts are circling the earth in a spacecraft, but they cannot return, as our planet has become uninhabitable. The cause of this remains open; all-out war, outbreak of a new disease beyond control, radiation after the complete disappearance of the ozone layer, or whatever.

The crew of the spacecraft has to find a more hospitable place out there in space, and releases a probe from their cargo bay, Galileo. But Galileo -- after sending back very disquieting data -- has to be sent on a suicide mission. 'The Wild Blue Yonder' won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival. 

I never had a chance to attend Market OTB last year, so I'm looking forward to hanging out there this year. Here's a video from last year, looks like a fun space.
(But I do find the this comment in the video silly, "You don't feel like you're in Dubai, I think that's the nicest thing…although you have a great view of the Burj...and you obviously have the sunshine. But it's nice to get away from the malls and the beach and sit in a space where you don't quite feel like you're in Dubai." Not sure what part of shopping stalls and food kiosks by Burj Khalifa doesn't make it feel like you're in Dubai.)





Event details
Dates: Film screenings from 16th-24th January at 7.30pm (Market OTB 15th-24th January Sun-Thu: 4-10PM and Fri-Sat: 10AM-10PM)
Venue: Southridge Park, Downtown Dubai (location map)
Free entry. 
Event on Facebook. 
Market OTB 2015  



Pulse Corniche - interactive installation by Raphael Lozano Hemmer


Pulse Corniche by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is an outdoor interactive installation in Abu Dhabi which you can visit and interact with till 17th January 2015.

The installation is an extension of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s pre-opening exhibition, Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island (on till 26th March 2015). It features artworks by 19 international artists from the 1960s to today, all exploring the theme of light. 

I'm glad to see large light installations like this are coming to the UAE, the last one I saw was Ryoji Ikeda's Spectra in Sharjah more than a year ago. 


Abu Dhabi Corniche’s East Plaza will be transformed into a canvas with an interactive public art performance by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer at Pulse Corniche. 

A display of an interactive canopy of powerful light beams projected into to the sky by some of the world's strongest robotic searchlights will be part of this participatory installation, the brightness and orientation of which is controlled by the heart-rate of visitors to the Abu Dhabi's Corniche.  


Free to participate, the public is invited to participate by holding a sensor placed in the centre of the plaza that converts the electrical activity of their heart into a unique lighting sequence.  The intensity and direction of the lights makes visual the different biometric rhythms of each participant. Pulse Corniche is the culmination of a series of interactive public art-works that Hemmer debuted at the 2007 Venice Biennale with Pulse Room.



Pulse Corniche (2014-2015) is inspired by Roberto Gavaldón's film "Macario" (Mexico, 1960), in which the protagonist has a hunger-induced hallucination wherein individuals are represented by flickering candles in a cave, Pulse Corniche is expected to draw constant, personal participation to create an immersive, intimate experience of glimmering light along the Abu Dhabi waterfront. 



Although the strength and reach of the searchlights ensures that the illuminated rhythms of peoples’ hearts will be visible at night from across the city, the cumulative effect is a poetic representation of vital signs, arguably the most symbolic human biometric, in an urban scale, transforming the public space into a fleeting architecture of light and movement. 







Event details
Date: On till Saturday, 17th January 2015 (6.45pm -11.00pm from Sunday to Wednesday and 6.45pm - 1.00 am from Thursday to Saturday)
Venue: Abu Dhabi Corniche, East Plaza



[images/video via @SaadiyatCD