Quoz Arts Fest is a celebration of art and culture in the industrial neighborhood of Al Quoz. This year, artists from a variety of disciplines including visual art, music, dance and design will be invited to engage with the Al Quoz community. On the weekend of 22, 23 January, the festival free festival that is open to all will include artist workshops, performances, walks, and interactive installations that invite collaboration with the public.
This years theme follows “Curate Your Day”, asking visitors to choose a route of exploration through Al Quoz that reflects their interests and stirs their curiosity. Participating galleries and creative spaces in Alsekral Avenue and across Al Quoz will stay open from 10am-7pm each day, hosting tours and welcoming visitors to examine and learn more about their exhibitions and artists. From Alserkal Avenue, visitors can take guided tours, and book workshops from one of the info booths at the Avenue entrances, go on walks to explore nearby spaces, or hop-on one of three buses to galleries and creative spaces across the neighborhood.
Quoz Arts Fest will introduce new artist commissions as part of the ongoing Alserkal Avenue Programme exploring questions of home, community and belonging.
ARTIST COMMISSION: TRACING THE CHORA
BY FARI BRADLEY & CHRIS WEAVER
MEETING POINT: MAIN ENTRANCE INFO BOOTH
FRI + SAT | 10:00 – 19:00
SPECIAL ARTIST-LED WALK| FRI + SAT | 10:00
ARTISTS TALK| YARD STAGE | SAT | 14:00
Tracing the Chora is a soundwalk through the interstices of Al Quoz conceived of and created by sound artists Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver. The chora is a space to decipher the reality of our surroundings, which the walk invites not only through observing the vastly different terrains of the walk, but through the experiences of those who have inhabited and observed the area for many years. Sturdy shoes, any audio player and headphones are required for this experience, the audio for which is available on the Alserkal Avenue website for download.
* Khôra was for Plato a metaphysical potential for space, later expanded by philosopher Jacques Derrida to where imagination becomes matter or architecture “Chora is the spacing which is the condition for everything to take place.”
1. Download the sound file to your phone or mp3 player. Allow ample time for the file to download.
2. Sturdy shoes, any audio player and headphones are required for this experience.
3. Allow the sound-walk to guide you around Al Quoz.
ARTIST COMMISSION: TASK PARTY DUBAI
BY OLIVER HERRING
FRI + SAT | 13:00 – 17:00
ARTIST TALK SAT | 11:00
Task Party Dubai is an improvisational event with a simple structure and very few rules conceived by Oliver Herring, a visiting artist born in Heidelberg Germany and currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Task Party’s open-ended participatory structure creates almost unlimited opportunities for a group of people to interact with one another and their environment.
ARTIST COMMISSION: TOPOLOGIES
BY JESSICA MEIN
OPEN STUDIO FRI & SAT | 15:00-19:00
WORKSHOPS FRI & SAT | 11:00-13:00
ARTIST TALK FRI | 14:00
This project captures surfaces and impressions of Alserkal Avenue using rubbings, scanning, drawing, photography and stop-motion animation. Over a series of 3 months, the artist will be based in warehouse E51, site of the future Alserkal Residency and archive and study center. The collected rubbings, together with images of her own small-scale interventions into the Avenue will be compiled into a encyclopedic series of books that document and preserve a way of seeing and constructing the details of place.
ALSERKAL PRESENTS: SIMA DANCE COMPANY
PERFORMANCES FRI 15:00 | SAT 15:00 + 17:00
WORKSHOPS FRI + SAT 12:00-13:30
Sima Dance Company, based in Dubai, will host a warehouse in Alserkal Avenue presenting two contemporary dance performances and a workshop each day of QAF. Sima Dance Company is an artistic assembly founded in 2003, under the supervision of artistic director and choreographer Alaa Kreimid. Sima consists of dancers and graduates from the higher Institute and the School of Ballet in Damascus. The company works on spreading a new and mature image in the world of dance and movement, thus to be side by side with development of the performing arts around the world. Space in the workshops is limited. Register at the main entrance “Curate Your Day” kiosk.
*For the workshops, please wear or bring comfortable clothing
*Workshops are for ages 16-35
ALSERKAL PRESENTS: TSETSE FLY
PERFORMANCES FRI + SAT 10:00-17:00
ARTISTS TALK AT YARD STAGE SAT 17:30
Tse Tse Fly Middle East will host one of the warehouse spaces for Quoz Arts Fest, presenting a selection of curated sound art with video from the Middle East region along with live performances from members of the Tse Tse Fly artist collective and extended family. The two days will feature live sound art sets from Karim Sultan, Ghada Da, Nour Sokhn, Jonny Farrow, Isaac Sullivan and more. There will also be an experimental music and noise DJ set each day from musician and producer Community Spirit.
ALSERKAL AVENUE: GALLERY TOURS
FRIDAY + SATURDAY
All Galleries and Creative Spaces on the Avenue open 10:00-19:00
Gallery Tours starting from the Main Entrance “Curate Your Day” kiosk
10:00 – 20:00
Join The cARTel and enjoy screenings narrated by its network of artists and designers, offering visual diaries of some of the world’s fast rising talents shaping the contemporary scene of fashion making such as Iris Van Herpen, Henrik Vibskov, Una Burke and Gareth Pugh.
Kathryn Wilson | Saturate
A new series of work, which depicts the artist’s experiments with oil, acrylic and spray painting techniques, to create a visual celebration of light and colour in motion.
*Kathryn Wilson Artist Talk FRI 15:00-16:00
*Kris Kang Watercolor Workshop SAT 13:00-18:00
10:00 – 19:00
Experience Bang & Olufsun’s latest sound technology BeoLab 90 in the ikonouse home cinema only during Quoz Arts Fest
10:00 – 19:00
Inside, not only will you find the complete range of MB&F Horological Machines and Legacy Machines, but you’ll also have the pleasure of discovering carefully-curated pieces – or, as we like to call them, Mechanical Art Devices – from around the world, each one making your heart beat that little bit faster.
10:00 – 19:00
The Odd Piece specializes in gorgeous vintage and mid-century modern furniture, contemporary pieces and home accessories of exceptional design, craftsmanship and character. Come see a collection of striking, inspiring pieces that make a house a home.
Craftsmanship in Danish Design
10:00 – 19:00
Part of ikonhouse’s opening celebrations, a pop-up presentation titled Craftsmanship in Danish Design will showcase the best of Denmark with the exceptional presence of some who actually make these designs: craftsmen. Seven Danish global brands will join this event to showcase their unmatched craftsmanship skills and centuries long design tradition with the support of the Danish Foreign Ministry and the Royal Danish Embassy of the UAE. The participating brands are Bang & Olufsen (www.bang-olufsen.com), Louis Poulsen (www.louispoulsen.com), Jacob Jensen (www.jacobjensendesign.com), Montana (www.montana.dk), Muubs (www.muubs.com), Georg Jensen (www.georgjensen.com), and Carl Hansen (www.carlhansen.com).
El Seed Studio
10:00 – 18:00
Open Studio with ‘calligraffiti’ artist el Seed
10:00 – 18:00
Open Studio with curator and artist Rami Farook
Short – Sweet Voices Dubai 2016
At the end of each evening, head to The Junction for Short + Sweet Voices Dubai 2016, an a cappella signing festival aimed at showcasing and developing the extraordinary vocal talent of Dubai. Participating groups will be assessed on their performance by industry judges. In addition, there will be an audience vote to determine the People’s Choice winner. Tickets available from The Junction website.
The Yard Stage will host a series of talks by commissioned artists alongside open-mic sessions for musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians, and actors, organized in collaboration with The Junction.
11:00-12:00 Design Talk: Dorian Pauwels, ikonhouse
12:30-13:30 Open-Mic Session with The Junction
14:00-15:00 Artist Talk: Jessica Mein, Commissioned Artist
15:30-16:30 Artist Talk: Lana Fahmi, Sima Dance Company
17:00-18:00 Open Mic Sessions with The Junction
11:00-12:00 Oliver Herring, Commissioned Artist
12:30-13:30 Open-Mic Session with The Junction
14:00-15:00 Artist Talk: Fari Bradley & Chris Weaver, Commissioned Artists
15:30-16:30 Open-Mic Session with The Junction
17:30-18:30 Artist Talk: Simon Coates, Tse Tse Fly
A4 SCREENING ROOM
FRI + SAT 10:00-19:00 (non-stop)
Join Cinema Akil and Cinephilia Productions for a marathon of the 3 editions of Cinephilia Filmmakers to Watch series. Launched in 2013, the series is an annual screening program that highlights the work of unique and remarkable voices from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Cinephilia curates a program of narrative short films and sets them to screen around the world at art house independent cinemas, art galleries and cultural spaces.
FRI + SAT 19:00
Join us in The Yard for two evenings of film presented in collaboration with Cinema Akil.
RAGS AND TATTERS // Ahmad Abdallah (2013)
Part of Where We Dwell film series presented by Alserkal Avenue and Cinema Akil
MONIR // Bahman Kiarostami (2015)
Presented in conjunction with the current Monir Farmanfarmaian exhibition
“Infinite Geometry” at The Third Line
JAMJAR POP-UP: PLEASE EXCUSE OUR MESS!
10:00 - 19:00
Drop by the JamJar pop-up artist studio and tap into your creative side. They will be bringing you art workshops, paint & canvas and DIY activities, all suitable for visitors of all ages. Their only rule is: come with the desire to create.
FN DESIGNS: Kris Kang Watercolor Workshop
Stop by FN Designs and participate in Kris Kang Watercolor Workshop. FN Designs hosts art related events that offers patrons and art lovers from across the United Arab Emirates an opportunity to see local artists at work and get acquainted with them on a personal and interactive level.
FOOD + DRINK
Food and beverages will be available throughout the day and into the evening served-up by some of the best food trucks and culinary artists across the Avenue, organized by Good Vibes Market.
AL QUOZ BUS TOURS
GALLERY BUSES DEPART DAILY FROM ALSERKAL AVENUE MAIN ENTRANCE
GETTING TO ALSERKAL AVENUE
SHUTTLE BUS RUNS DAILY FROM NOOR BANK METRO STATION
Join the Facebook event here.