Global Art Forum 2013 comes to Doha
- Qatar: Wednesday, January 23 - 2013 at 10:27
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Art Dubai's renowned Global Art Forum, bringing together artists, musicians, museum directors, strategists, writers and thinkers will start its 2013 events in Doha, Qatar. Featuring commissioned projects and research, as well as six days of live talks, the Forum starts at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (March 17 and 18, 2013), then continues at Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah (March 20-23, 2013).
The Global Art Forum was launched by Art Dubai at its inaugural fair in 2007. Bringing together protagonists from the art world and beyond for a week of innovative talk, debate and performance, the Forum has become the region's leading annual platform for cultural discourse, with a particular emphasis on issues prevalent in the Middle East and Asia.
In 2013, the seventh iteration of the Global Art Forum is directed by Istanbul based writer/editor HG Masters, and commissioned by writer/curator Shumon Basar. Entitled 'It Means This', the forum explores the concept of 'definitionism': investigating the words, terms, clichés and misunderstandings that proliferate in the art world and beyond. The Forum attempts to (re)define words, phrases and ideas we think we know, and those we need to know, to navigate the 21st century.
Each session or element of the Forum will take on a keyword; some are terms we use every day - such as Heritage, Biography, Freezone, Score and Place (looking particularly at how the cities Lagos and Ramallah having been shaped by writers and artists). Other terms may be less familiar - including Academese, Advert Adverts, Drone Fiction, MENA (Middle East Nervous Anxiety), or Neologism. The eclectic line-up of Forum contributors are set to pick apart these terms through talks, debates, performances, TV clips, new publications, films, music, and so much more.
Global Art Forum_7 features over 40 contributors. New participants to the Forum include political scientist Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdullah; writer-editors Charles Arsene-Henry, Brian Kuan Wood (Editor, eflux journal) and Guy Mannes-Abbott (editor, In Ramallah, Running); artists Tarek Atoui, Manal Al Dowayan, Shuruq Harb, Hassan Khan, Anri Sala, Payam Sharifi, Ala Younis; writers Elif Batuman (contributor, New Yorker), Maryam Monalisa Gharavi (Editor-at-Large, The New Inquiry), Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (author of What if Latin America Ruled the World?); Lagos-based writer-editor Tolu Ogunlesi; writer/urbanist Keller Easterling (Professor, Yale University); curator-translator, and Dar Al-Ma'mun founder, Omar Berrada; curators Reem Fadda (Associate Curator, Middle Eastern Art, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project, and curator, National Pavilion for the UAE at the Venice Biennial 2013), Koyo Kouoh (director, Raw Material Company, Dakar), Bisi Silva (director, CCA Lagos) and Tirdad Zolghadr (writer, based at Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College NY); New York-based anthropologist Uzma Z. Rizvi; composer and musician Andre Vida; and Doha-based analyst and commentator Tarik Yousef.
Returning speakers include curator Lara Khaldi (Director, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah); geostrategist and Director of Hybrid Reality Institute Parag Khanna; Turi Munthe, the founder of 'citizen journalist' newswire Demotix; Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects of the Serpentine Gallery, London, Hans-Ulrich Obrist; and the Beirut-based critic Kaelen Wilson-Goldie.
The Global Art Forum_7 includes a range of commissioned projects and publications, including a series of "advert breaks" by upcoming artists Lantian Xie and Abdullah Al Mutairi, among other projects and publications to be announced.
Forum visitors are also invited to a special lecture by architect Rem Koolhaas at Virginia Commonwealth University's biannual art and design conference, Tasmeem Doha 2013 - Hybrid Making, on March 17 following the Global Art Forum sessions at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.
Other discussions at Art Dubai include Terrace Talks, a series of high-level one-on-one conversations between key protagonists from the arts scenes of the Middle East and Asia, each year focusing on particular themes and developments.
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