At JAOU Tunis conference May 2015 artist Chris Weaver speaks with Antonia Carver, director of Art Dubai, after the panel ‘Future Imperfect: Art Institutions in the Middle East’, and Rahilla Zafar, author and business consultant about her book on Arab women entrepreneurs.
Antonia Carver has written extensively on Middle Eastern art and film, as a correspondent for The Art Newspaper and Screen ArtDubai International, among other publications, books and journals.
Rahilla Zafar writer, editor and business development consultant for Wondros, contributes to The Economist’s GE Look Ahead, an award-winning series on global innovation trends. Rahilla co-wrote ‘Arab Women Rising: 35 Entrepreneurs Making a Difference in the Arab World’ and is working on a book on women in Saudi Arabia.
After the Bardo Museum attacks on tourists in 2015, JAOU festival did not deter from holding its annual arts events again at the Tunis museum.
Curators and authors Rose Issa (London) and Michket Krifa (Paris) discuss curating Middle Eastern and North African art in a European context, at a time when institutions, for the first time in France, but since some years already in the UK, are faced with cuts.
Rose Issa is director of Rose Issa Projects, a gallery spread across two spaces in the UK, and has been working Arab and Iranian art for over 20 years, while Michket Krifa was since 2009 the artistic director of the 8th and 9th Bamako Encounters, African Biennale of Photography. She has been involved in Iranian art since the first Iranian photography exhibition in Europe Regards Persans (Iran- Espace Electra 2001). Michket is also a nominator for the Prix Pictet.
Recorded in UAE at Art Dubai 2014.
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Fine artist Samira Hodaie at her first solo show in Dubai, speaks to us about her methods, themes and experience. Cube Arts Gallery, DIFC teamed up with AB GALLERY in Switzerland to bring Hodaie over from Iran to show a series of works on canvas, wood panel plus a wall sculpture. Over three floors we peruse the show and look at her version of pointilism, which plays on post-modern themes of pixellation, fracture and contemporary politics – all expressed within a language derived from Persian classicism.
Recorded October 2014 in the UAE.
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This week we hear from our Iranian contingent I Ran Into Iran on the social politics of single motherhood in Iran, and an interview with artist Shezad Dawood at Art Dubai 2014 on the eve of his screening Towards the Possible Film. Plus we go out with a track by Scotland-based jazz explorers GOL from their new album ‘Strange Times‘.
Maryam Abolfazli is an international development and online media professional based in Washington DC, exploring and researching ideas of single motherhood both in Iran and US at 34. For the I Ran Into Iran Episode 7 our duo quiz her on her work and research into single parenting. Abolfazli makes the distinction between single motherhood as a choice option for those in the developed and ‘undeveloped’ world and connects the pressures with everything from fighting a fight with the help of a support and possible drug addiction without.
Towards the Possible Film – Shezad Dawood
Shezad Dawood’s film screens April 3rd at Parasol Unit Gallery, London as a preview to the solo exhibition of work at Parasol 4 April to 25 May 2014. As part of the new Art Dubai section Film, he staged a Q&A after the screening and stopped by our booth at #Falgoosh Radio to discuss themes touched in his film, such as experimental anthropology, everyday aliens and future tribalisms.
An interesting aspect of Dawood’s creative process for this project is that he publicly critiqued and discussed the film before it was made and so turned the traditional film making format around. Broadcasts across London on 104.4FM or online, Thurs 19:30, Sun 06.30 GMT.
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Free Lab Radio profiles Static Gallery’s curatorial stint at Bill Drummond’s Curfew Tower, Country Antrim, Northern Ireland. The gallery locked all existing artwork on walls at the Tower down in the dungeon, and instead put artists-in-residence in rooms alone with a Tascam 4 track recorder.
The result was a limited edition vinyl, and a night of live performance from the likes of punk-poet Jinx Lennon and CLINIC and a radio broadcast within a two mile radius of the famous tower. Interviews feature artist Tracy Moberly and Static curator Paul Sullivan. Live music by CLINIC, Ex-Easter Island Head, Jinx Lennon and the intro film track as recorded on the Tascam, by Paul Sullivan. Here Paul discusses the politics of the work, and how he involved the community of Cushendal in this unique residency project.
How to Improve your Algorithm. Chris Fite-Wassilak on reclaiming the digital landscape. As our self-surveilling culture of digital sharing turns increasingly dystopian, how have artists – such as Adam Curtis, Simon Denny, Fiona Marron, Dennis McNulty and others – worked to show that these all-encompassing datascapes remain ours to transform?
‘Edward Snowden’s disclosures have helped spark a public awareness and debate about where the internet’s liberatory aspirations might have led us. The next step in shifting the debate could be away from paranoia and Matrix-like reductivism to a more proactive embrace.’
To Blog or not to Blog? Omar Kholeif asks the question if online publishing holds so many advantages over print, why is it that much web-specific writing continues to suffer from sloppy sub-editing and link-bait, content-farming tendencies? And where does this leave art criticism in a post-blogging age? ‘The worry is that the exploratory nature of longer forms of criticism is increasingly replaced with the quick-fire list which can be easily viewed on an iPhone – distracted cultural snacking.’
Larne Abse Gogarty reviews Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life FACT, Liverpool
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deepwhitesound an online label of free, experimental music from all over the world, whose aim is to create challenging, experimental work and make it available via digital download for free. These tracks were sent in by founder DB Amorin to give us an overview of the different works and disciplines being submitted to DWS, and we begin with the most abstract one!
Deep white sound “supports and foster a community for artists working at the fringes of art, technology and society, that expand the possibilities of how sound-based art is experienced, distributed and discussed”.
While female, queer and ethnic minority artists comprise a woefully under-represented and under-supported demographic in the arts, they are of particular interest to DWS who champion the margins. However DWS state clearly that they “seek out and support work from all people, everywhere, who wish to broaden the scope of what is possible”.
Visiting field recordist form Iran, Niloufar Em discusses Six Pillars’ current residency project at London College of Communication, and the group performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on Friday 13th December, 6pm. Tutored by seminal guitar manipulator Keith Rowe, the group, consisting of six LCC Sound Art and Design graduates and the five visiting Iranian artists, had just 4.5 days to prepare. Here Niloufar also discusses the week of workshops that follow the performance, including a field recording workshop with world-renowned field-recordist Chris Watson.
Performers were Niloufar Em, Heckmat(t), Nasim Khorassani, Sepehr Haghighi, Nemo Ghasemi, Howie Lee, Yiorgis Sakellariou, Maria Popadomanolaki, Irina Zakharova, Artur Vidal, Angela Yeowell and Veryan Weston.
For more information go to www.sixpillars.org/IranUK
What’s the art scene like in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? Artist and poet Daydban, is of Palestinian descent living in Jeddah. In this interview he tells us via translator (Adnan Manjal of Athr Gallery, representing Daydban at Art Dubai where the interview was recorded) about his work and life in the region and recites a poem in keeping with the work in show at Art Dubai. His work is poignant and at times even slightly comical, yet the core is tragic infusing the imagery, the framing and colouring with the spirit of the artist himself throughout all of his work.
Eavesdropper radio booth at Art Dubai Eavesdropper/ Falgoosh Radio was created by sound artists Chris Weaver and Fari Bradley for Art Dubai Projects 2013, sponsored by the British Council.
Sounds disseminated by artist Haroon Mirza for his exhibition ‘/o/o/o/o/’ at Lisson Gallery, London and a release by Vinyl Factory on limited edition vinyl. We listen to the remixes from o-o-o-o, a project in conjunction with Haroon Mirza’s exhibition and which involves working with his source sounds, plus an interview with Mirza on details of the show.
For this project tracks by Factory Floor and Jellyman were issued, one black and one white, to compliment the exhibition.