Art Jameel and the V&A Museum Announce Artists Shortlisted for Jameel Prize 5

The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), in partnership with Art Jameel, has announced the shortlist for the Jameel Prize 5, the international prize for contemporary artists and designers.

Eight finalists have been shortlisted for the £25,000 (AED 128,000) prize, inspired by Islamic tradition, which is awarded every two years. They are: Kamrooz Aram, Hayv Kahraman, Hala Kaiksow, Mehdi Moutashar, naqsh collective, Younes Rahmoun, Wardha Shabbir and Marina Tabassum.

The winner will be announced on 27 June 2018, at the V&A, London.

The fifth edition of the Jameel Prize will debut at the V&A, London, where the winner will be announced on 27 June 2018. The accompanying exhibition, showcasing the work of the eight shortlisted artists and designers, will run from 28 June until 25 November 2018. The exhibition will then tour to museums globally, including to the Jameel Arts Centre, in Dubai, in 2019.

The shortlist is diverse and for the first time features an architect. Other practices represented in the shortlist include painting andfashion design, while sources of inspiration range from embroidered shawls to Arabic calligraphy. Multi-media installations evoke the symbolism of light and challenge Western approaches to art history. This great variety reflects the richness of Islamic tradition as a source for contemporary creativity, highlighting the influence of our shared cultural past on contemporary artistic views of the world.

The panel of judges, chaired by V&A Director, Tristram Hunt, selected the shortlist. He said: “The Jameel Prize  continues to gain momentum. This – the fifth edition of the Prize – has attracted nearly 400 nominations from around the world, and for the first time, the shortlist features work from Bangladesh, Bahrain and Jordan. This year’s outstanding shortlist displays real diversity; the judges found beauty, spirituality, complexity, humour and
humanity.

The V&A is delighted to continue its partnership with Art Jameel in recognition of the extraordinary contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic tradition.”

One of the judges, Salah Hassan, Professor and Director, Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University, New York, and a regular contributor to Sharjah Art Foundation’s exhibition programme, commented: “The shortlisted artists for Jameel Prize 5 represent an array of amazing talents, who are engaged in diverse practices in art and design, that are conceptually-oriented and in sync with latest discourse of contemporary art, yet rooted in discrete ways to their own cultures and multiple identities. Jameel Prize 5 expands our horizons of what modernity and contemporaneity truly mean, and enriches our understanding of a truly globalised art world beyond its current confines.”

The judging panel also includes the independent design historian Tanya Harrod; November Paynter, who is Director of Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto; and the artist Ghulam Mohammad, who was the winner of Jameel Prize 4.

Art Dubai Announces the Full Programme for the 12th Edition of the Global Art Forum

Art Dubai has announced the full programme for the 12th edition of the Global Art Forum, taking place in two sessions in February and March this year. Entitled ‘I Am Not A Robot’, the current edition of the Forum will explore the highly topical theme of automation – as well as the opportunities and trepidations brought along with it.

Part of Art Dubai’s extensive cultural programming, the Global Art Forum is an annual arts conference – the largest in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia – and unique in that it examines culture from a variety of disciplines as well as in bringing together leading minds from a variety of fields to discuss a specific topic. Both sessions of the Global Art Forum are open to the public and free to attend.

The opening session of the Global Art Forum 2018 will take place on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Dubai Design District, introducing some of the key themes of ‘I Am Not A Robot’, in a series of talks, presentations and discussions with Shumon Basar, Noah Raford, Marlies Wirth and acclaimed artist/writer James Bridle, who Buzzfeed ranked 3rd in its list of “11 Tech Heroes of 2017 who aren’t CEOs”.

The Forum will continue at Art Dubai from Wednesday, March 21 – Friday, March 23, 2018 for its acclaimed three-day marathon, exploring the impacts of automation, Artificial Intelligence and machine learning in work, creativity, design, economics, politics and art. Some of the pressing questions posed are: “Is there a Non-Western model of AI?”, “Will the blockchain build a new Internet?”, “What makes us human in an increasingly non-human world?”, and “What are machines saying about us behind our backs?” In addition to lectures, conversations and discussions, there will be performances and a rich cinema-screening programme by Cinema Akil.

The 2018 iteration of the Global Art Forum is organized by Commissioner Shumon Basar, with with Chief Operating Officer and Futurist-in-Chief of the Dubai Future Foundation Noah Raford, and Curator of Digital Culture & Design Collection at the MAK, Vienna, Marlies Wirth, as Co-Directors.

Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum is presented by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and supported by Dubai Design District (d3).

GLOBAL ART FORUM 12: FULL PROGRAMME

Wednesday 14 February | Dubai Design District, between Building 8 and 9

6:30-6:40pm | WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

By Global Art Forum Commissioner Shumon Basar and Co-Directors Noah Raford and Marlies Wirth

6:40-6:50pm | I AM SHE: SOME FEMALE AUTOMATA FROM CINEMA PRESENTATION

Shumon Basar

Cinema — that 20th century mass art form — provides one of the most fertile settings for history’s enduring experiments with man-made women. Shumon Basar outlines a brief genealogy and draws upon examples from the films Metropolis, Alphaville, Blade Runner (and its recent sequel Blade Runner 2049), Ex Machina and a few Scarlett Johansson-led titles. What are the cultural and psychological values invested in cinema’s female robots? And why are men so scared?

6:50-7:00pm | I AM AI DIPLOMAT: ALIEN PROTOCOLS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE MIND POLEMIC

Noah Raford

According to some, we are within a decade of the arrival of artificial general intelligence; machines so powerful that they can do anything a human being can, but faster, better, and more accurately. How will we handle the arrival of such a phenomena? How might this impact our world and what ways should we be thinking about possible responses? This whimsical talk explores serious issues through the lens of aliens, international relations, and medieval diplomacy to help us better understand the landscape we may face in the future.

7:00-7:15pm | ARE WE ARTIFICIAL: TWO RECENT EXHIBITION LECTURE

Marlies Wirth

Hello Robot and Artificial Tears were two recent exhibitions in Vienna, which dealt with the complex issues around automatization. Hello Robot looked at how design shapes our relationship with technology and with each other. Artificial Tears took a science-fiction position: asking what makes us “human” in this day and age, or if we are “artificial” after all. Co-curator Marlies Wirth talks us through both shows, and how these kinds of technologies are increasingly entering museum space in unexpected ways.

7:15-8:00pm | I AM A HUMAN ARTIST PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION

Artist and Writer James Bridle, hosted by Shumon Basar, Noah Raford and Marlies Wirth

How are artists engaging with technologies of automation, as well as the ever increasing automation of the world? With a background in linguistics and Artificial Intelligence, the artist James Bridle has dealt with predictive big data, drones, and the ethical problems posed by YouTube. Here, he discusses his ideas and work, and the social and political concerns facing the current moment.

Wednesday 21 March | Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah, Fort Island

2:00-2:15pm | WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Shumon Basar with Noah Raford and Marlies Wirth

2:15-2:45pm | I AM AI LECTURE

Media Theorist Paul Feigelfeld

What are the apocryphal histories of computing, and artificial/machine intelligence? Its obscure layers and lairs? The cryptic and alien languages it speaks? And the images it imagines but we cannot see? In this lecture, we’ll look for the Cloud at the bottom of the oceans and for platforms in the skies. We’ll travel the land of the blind and go mind jogging in China.    

2:45-3:45pm | I AM NOT WESTERN AI: ANIMALS, ALIENS, AND ALTERNATE PHILOSOPHIES OF MIN DISCUSSION

Assistant Professor, Academy of Media Arts Cologne Mi You, National Technology Officer Microsoft China Ltd. Qing Wei, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Autonomous University of Barcelona Jordi Vallverdú, hosted by Noah Raford

How do intelligence, cognition, and concepts of the self vary across cultures (and species)? How might this influence the development of AI? From robot monks in Japan that hold perpetual prayers, to octopus consciousness and multi-bodied minds, the creation of perceiving machines will reflect deeply on our sense of self, and indeed, life itself.

3:45-4:15pm | AM I STILL EMPLOYED: JOBS, JOYS, AND WHAT DO YOU DO

LECTURE AND CONVERSATION

Writer Mishaal Al Gergawi with Head of Research, Dubai Future Foundation Jessica Bland

Work titles are our insignia, our shared points of societal reference. How will the “unnecessary rest” begin to define themselves if the rich eventually fund basic income? Communism tried to eliminate economic hierarchy only to replace it with a power-based hierarchy. What will artificial intelligence replace the social order of work with? VR-for-life may not be enough. Do Gulf States have a head start?

4:30-5:00pm | I AM AWESOME, ANNOYING AND AWFUL: AI IN EVERYDAY LIFE, 2050 CONVERSATION

Product and Interaction Designer Simone Rebaudengo with Noah Raford

AI will take many forms in the future, from self-selling disposable goods to terrifying, continent-wide minds that shape entire industries. How will these minds interact with our everyday goods and experiences? Will it be awesome, annoying, or awful? A pantheon of negotiation, a paradise of domination, or a compound of complication?

5:00-5:30pm | I AM A HYPERSTITION LECTURE

Artist, Writer and Trend Forecaster Emily Segal

“Hyperstition” was a term coined in the 1990s to describe fictions that make themselves true – a form of automation in their own right. This lecture presents new research from the think-tank Nemesis that recasts the concept of Hyperstition in the contemporary moment, mapping the architecture of hype and its vectors of development.

5:30-6:30pm | I AM A HUMAN ARTIST: PART 1 DISCUSSION

Artists Rokni, Ramin Haerizadeh & Hesam Rahmanian, Yuri Pattison and Ania Soliman, hosted by Writer Melissa Gronlund

How are artists engaging with technologies of automation, as well as the ever increasing automation of the world? What new kinds of aesthetics, experiences and knowledge emerge? From interactive puppetry to robot choreography via the unconscious intent of algorithms, these artists discuss their ideas and work, and the complex concerns facing the current moment.

Thursday, March 22 | Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah, Fort Island

2:00-2:15pm | WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Shumon Basar with Noah Raford and Marlies Wirth

2:15-3:15pm | I AM A HUMAN ARTIST: PART 2 DISCUSSION

Artist and ‘Private Ear’ Lawrence Abu Hamdan with Artists Katja Novitskova and Pamela Rosenkranz, hosted by CTO Serpentine Galleries London and Initiator unMonastery Ben Vickers

How are artists engaging with technologies of automation, as well as the ever increasing automation of the world? What new kinds of aesthetics, experiences and knowledge emerge? From aural surveillance to neuropharmacology via the sculptural qualities of Internet images, these artists discuss their ideas and work, and the accelerated textures of the present moment.

3:15-3:45pm | IS IT DJINN: GHOSTS, MACHINES, MUSIC CONVERSATION

Music Producer and Artist Fatima Al Qadiri and Shumon Basar

Long before Artificial Intelligence arrived, technology has often been framed as a supernatural force. There are maybe more “ghosts in the machine” now than there are human beings in the world. Fatima Al Qadiri’s work, too, is haunted by many things. A Kuwaiti childhood during the first Gulf War shaped a sonic sensibility, which in turn has produced music redolent of war video games and a spirit world. She discusses the links between sound and memory, djinn and the digital.

3:45-4:45pm | I AM HUMAN: CAN YOU PROVE IT? DISCUSSION

Artist and Architect Alessandro Bava with Designer Simone Niquille and Artist and Writer Patricia Reed, hosted by Marlies Wirth

Supranational structures (Google, Amazon, Alibaba) preside over our knowledge and technology. They cunningly manipulate the masses with the use of self-learning algorithms and streamlined filter bubbles. But should our major societal decisions be given over to what Hito Steyerl has described as “Artificial Stupidity”? As we increasingly inhabit responsive environments that attempt to predict our wishes and desires before we even have them, this discussion identifies the shifts in personal and political dynamics, and the role of human agency in a non-human world.

4:45-5:00pm | REPORT FROM THE SERPENTINE MARATHON 2017 PRESENTATION

Artistic Director Serpentine Galleries London Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ben Vickers

The 2017 Marathon, entitled “Guest, Ghost, Host: Machine!,” brought together artists, scientists, activists, engineers, poets, sociologists, philosophers, filmmakers, writers, anthropologists, theologians and musicians to consider the advent of “artificial intelligence,” consciousness, interspecies cooperation, trans-humanism and non-linear time. The Marathon sought to illuminate the ways in which these fields of exploration leave unrecognizable traces and unknowable apparitions in the present.

5:00-6:00pm | I AM DISTRIBUTED: AT THE FRONTEIRS OF THE BLOCKCHAIN DISCUSSION

Theorist Jaya Klara Brekke with Architect and Musician Martti Kalliala, hosted by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ben Vickers

The blockchain is a database validated by a global community and backed by code/math, rather than a central authority. Many claims are made for it: from introducing a new, better Internet to disempowering centralized banks. But what does the geography of the blockchain look like? What are its politics? And what is a “Decentralized Autonomous Rave Scene?” This discussion explores the still-emerging philosophy and technology of the blockchain and the kind of world it might bring about.

6:00-6:30pm | I AM/NOT A ROBOT PERFORMANCE

Artist and Dancer Isabel Lewis and Artist Asad Raza

A playful encounter between crafters of live experience Isabel Lewis and Asad Raza using voice, text, electronic music and vocal processing. Following their open workshop earlier in the day, Raza and Lewis will address the particular agency we could and do have in our current condition as real cyborgs.

Friday 23 March | Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah, Fort Island

2:00-2:05pm | WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Shumon Basar with Noah Raford and Marlies Wirth

2:05-2:45pm | AM I A SAD ROBOT: THE CLINIC OF AI LECTURE

Philosopher and Writer Aaron Schuster

Why are AI’s typically portrayed in popular culture as murderous/psychotic, bent on wiping out the human race? Wouldn’t intelligent machines run the full range of human psychopathologies? Think of Marvin, the melancholic robot from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Isn’t it more likely that a hyper intelligent AI would become depressed, not aggressive? Perhaps in the future, the main role of human beings will be to minister therapeutically to depressed AIs, whose melancholic bouts threaten civilization with digital malaise and total breakdown. In this lecture, Schuster explores the “clinic of AI:” the psychopathologies of our machine intelligent future.

3:00-6:00pm | CINEMA AKIL PRESENTS “CONSIDER THE ROBOT & ‘OTHER’ STATES OF FUTURENESS” SCREENINGS AND Q&A

Cinema Akil presents a filmic framework of intersectional imagination. Sci-fi short mockumentary Last Days of the Man of Tomorrow (2017) takes a look at Lebanon’s history through the life and legend of Manivelle, an automaton gifted to the nation in 1945, making it the country’s first AI citizen. In Wanuri Kahui’s sci-fi drama Pumzi (2009), a post-apocalyptic future East Africa is visited, 35 years after World War III. Together, the two sci-fi shorts will unthink Eurocentric depictions of imminent automation. A conversation between Pumzi Director Wanuri Kahui and writer/curator Özge Calafato explores these themes deeper.

Cinema Akil at GAF12 will close with the Middle East premiere of the documentary Free Lunch Society (2017).

‘Hybrids’ by Rashid Al Khalifa opens at Ayyam Gallery Dubai

Ayyam Gallery Dubai is pleased to announce Hybrids, a solo exhibition by Rashid Al Khalifa. Hybrids will present a selection of wall-mounted installations from six different series from 2010 to 2017.

Over the past four decades, Rashid Al Khalifa has continuously explored the nature of experientiality of art whilst asserting the importance of its context over art for art’s sake. Rashid has experimented with a multitude of painting styles, including Realism, Impressionism, and Individualism. Over the past decade, he has turned to Abstraction and Colour Field.

In his recent works, Rashid maintains a focus on the aesthetics of what post-modernists identify as re-contextualisation of an art genre. Investigating varying articulations of seriality within his oeuvre, as well as geometry, surface, and colour, the artist creates simple yet deeply resonant works. Rashid’s installations are ‘hybrids’ of painting and sculpture, where he increasingly experiments with three-dimensionality using aluminum, stainless steel, and other mediums.

With the circle serving as a starting point in many of his works, it evolves to become a circular hole in the convex aluminium surface, adding another spatial dimension to his work. In his 120 x 120 cm untitled work from his Into a Different Dimension series, Rashid creates a perfectly circular hole in the middle of the convex square-shaped aluminium, painting the background with blues. The reflective surface draws the viewer in, creating the basis of an intimate relationship with the work.

In the 2015 Shape of Time series, Rashid continues to present variations on the circle and the square. In this series, the artist creates folds with detached sections of the circles, highlighting fragile connections between the shapes. Through these works, the artist presents the viewer with a challenge of entering into a relationship with each piece through a deep understanding of the quiet authority of these works.

Through his research and his three-dimensional works – with seemingly limitless permutations of simple geometric forms – Rashid explores the phenomenological relationship between work, viewer, and architecture.

The Details. 

Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Hans Beletz, 64 years as an observer of life through art

Hans Beletz was born in Graz in 1954 and at the tender age of ten painted his first commissioned work for an entrepreneur living in Graz. When he was just 15 years old he entered the retail trade with an apprenticeship while at the same time sending his first paintings to an art college. His father, quite rightly, wanted him to finish his apprenticeship instead of attending an art school and so by the time he was 18, Hans Beletz  became an independent commercial traveler for women’s clothing.  But his passion for painting never died.

Hans Beletz in action

Beletz trained as a landscape painter at the Claus Pack in 1983 and opened his first exhibition in the Galerie Schillerhof with gallery director Bernhard Eisendle in the same year. This followed numerous exhibitions in Austria, Germany, Italy and the USA. As part of his vernissage “Menschenbilder” – 60 years of Hans Beletz in Steiermarkhof on March 6, 2014, the artist was awarded the Silver Medal of Honor of the City of Graz as a token of great appreciation for not only his work but also for him as a person.  His fine artworks have been bought and appreciated by international banks, insurance companies and private collectors from all over the world.

Venice, Ink-Watercolor, 40x30cm

“A visit to my studio in Graz means to dive into a sea, into a sea of watercolor and acrylic paintings. With a fine brushstroke and tremendous lightness, I form meaningful images of people and landscapes. Since 2005 I have also shown acrylic paintings. The figures are derived from my coffeehouse pictures. All images reflect the positive energy that is deep within me. I am an observer and let all my inner feelings flow into my works. I paint for joy and want to spread this joy of life through my paintings.”

Family, Acryl, 140x100cm

Contact: Artist website

Photo credit: Andreas L. Strohmaier

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