Sat
24Aug

Debate | The Invisible End: Artists and the Apocalypse

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Visions of the end of history have always tended towards the sublime—the apocalyptic moment in all its fiery, cataclysmic awe. While the act of seeing and bearing witness has always been fundamental to experiencing the 'end times', we are increasingly faced with the possibility of a more insidious apocalypse, one that almost escapes visualisation. Data and measurement seem to have replaced visual invention. The scientist is perhaps more apt at depicting the conditions of this new apocalypse than the artist. Where do thinkers, artists and writers stand on this supposed bankruptcy of artists’ predictive vision?

Participating speakers: Associate Professor and head of the Games Programme at ITU Copenhagen Dr. Martin Pichlmair, Editor of Palestine +100 Basma Ghalayini, contemporary artist Rohini Devasher, and Dubai-based artist and writer Isaac Sullivan.

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Dr. Martin Pichlmair

 

Dr. Martin Pichlmair is Associate Professor and Head of the Games Programme at ITU Copenhagen, as well as co-founder of the Vienna-based indie studio Broken Rules. He has exhibited media art pieces around the globe (Manifesta, Ars Electronica, and ISEA, among others), released award winning games, and has both spoken at and organised industry-related events and conferences.  

Martin is currently focusing his research and practice on simulation games, and procedural and AI-assisted tools for game-making.  Martin will be contextualising the visualisation of the apocalypse within the gaming world. 

      

Basma Ghalayini


Basma Ghalayini is the editor of Palestine +100, a collection of short stories by 12 authors who envision life in 2048 — 100 years after the Nakba. This collection of science fiction from the occupied territories is believed to be the first of its kind.

In her introduction to the book, Basma writes that science fiction has never been particularly popular for Palestinian authors, because “it is a luxury, to which Palestinians haven’t felt they can afford to escape”.

A translator and interpreter, Basma was born in Khan Younis, Gaza, and spent her early childhood in the UK, before returning to the Gaza Strip. 
Basma will contribute to the debate a writer and editor's perspective on rendering speculative spaces.
   
  

Rohini Devasher

 

Rohini Devasher is a contemporary artist who has trained as a painter and printmaker, and works in a variety of media including sound, video, prints, and large site-specific drawings. Her current body of work is a collection of ‘strange’ terrains, constructed by observing, recording, fictionalising, and re-imagining objects and spaces that exist at the interface between science, nature and culture, perception and production. Devasher’s work has been shown extensively within India as well as internationally, including at the 14th Sharjah Biennial Leaving the Echo Chamber (2019), Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) (2018), 7th Moscow Biennial (2017), the Spencer Museum of Art (2018,16), USA, MAAT Museum of Art and Technology,  Lisbon,  ZKM, Karsruhe (2016), Singapore Art and Science Museum (2016), Dhaka Art Summit (2016), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016), and the 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial (2014), the Kochi Biennale (2012), among others. is a contemporary artist who has trained as a painter and printmaker, and works in a variety of media including sound, video, prints, and large site-specific drawings. Her current body of work is a collection of ‘strange’ terrains, constructed by observing, recording, fictionalising, and re-imagining objects and spaces that exist at the interface between science, nature and culture, perception and production. Devasher’s work has been shown extensively within India as well as internationally, including at the 14th Sharjah Biennial Leaving the Echo Chamber (2019), Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) (2018), 7th Moscow Biennial (2017), the Spencer Museum of Art (2018,16), USA, MAAT Museum of Art and Technology,  Lisbon,  ZKM, Karsruhe (2016), Singapore Art and Science Museum (2016), Dhaka Art Summit (2016), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016), and the 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial (2014), the Kochi Biennale (2012), among others. 

    

Isaac Sullivan

 

Isaac Sullivan is a Dubai-based artist and writer exploring technology and its relationship to altered perceptions of time through performance, installation, and sonic intervention. Recent exhibitions include Personal Structures, a 2019 Venice Biennale collateral event hosted by the European Cultural Centre; the 2018 Tashkent Biennale; and Beirut Design Week, among others. He has performed at the 58th Venice Biennale; KED, Beirut; Alserkal Avenue, Dubai; Cuadro Gallery, Dubai; and DIVE x Fabrika, Tbilisi.

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This event is part of Alserkal Avenue's summer programme 'Foretold Now' curated by arts writer Kevin Jones.


From food trends and financial forecasting, to predicting election results and end-of-the-world scenarios, we have never been more consumed with trying to know what the future holds. Rather than attempting to grasp what this future is, Foretold Now, Alserkal Avenue’s summer programme, examines what drives us to predict in the first place.