Art

Delving Into Design

12 November 2019Alserkal Avenue
Delving Into Design

Wondering how you can celebrate the confluence of art, design, and architecture in Alserkal Avenue during November? FOLIO selects the top things to see, and experience, throughout the month.

 

Absolem by Bricklab
11 November - 20 November 2020
Alserkal Avenue Pedestrian Entrance (Street 6A)
Jeddah-based architects and brothers Turki and Abdulrahman Gazzaz of Bricklab studio have created a colourful, perception-altering intervention to coincide with Dubai Design Week. Located at the Pedestrian Entrance of Alserkal Avenue (Street 6A), Absolem transforms how we interact with the physical environment through a synthetic intervention that funnels visitors through. Bricklab have tackled the entrance as though it were the threshold to a French formal garden - a spatial construct that emphasises a position of apprehension and meticulous control found in the composition of an 18th century allée.

 

Exhibition | Is This Tomorrow?
6-23 November
Concrete

If you haven’t stepped inside Phoenix Will Rise, the site-specific installation by Rana Begum and Marina Tabassum yet, you are missing out on a deeply meditative experience. Part of Is This Tomorrow? a collaboration between Alserkal Arts Foundation and Whitechapel Gallery, the exhibition, curated by Lydia Yee, responds to timely contemporary issues to offer speculative visions of the future through five pairings between artists and architects. They include experiential interdisciplinary installations by Amalia Pica and 6a, Cao Fei and mono office, Mariana Castillo Deball and Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, and Hardeep Pandhal and APPARATA, which reveal the expansive potential of collaboration between art and architecture.

 

Public Art Commission | we were building sand castles_but the wind blew them away_FINALFINAL3.psd
Until 25 January 2020
10AM - 8PM
Warehouse 90
If you’ve never seen a 21st century ruin, now’s your chance. In this Public Art Commission presented by Alserkal Arts Foundation, the artist collective METASITU have transformed the building previously known as Nadi Al Quoz into a ruin folly, a popular architectural typology in the 18th and 19th century Western garden tradition. By deliberately creating a ruin in 21st century Dubai, METASITU reflects on the extractive city-building processes, and contextualises them within different human and geological timelines.


Join artist-led tours on: 13 November at 6.30PM, 18 November at 7.30PM

 

Exhibition | Paper Sommelier Mr. Sugihara
Until 16 November
CHI-KA | Warehouse 69

CHI-KA, Alserkal Avenue’s resident experts on all things Japanese aesthetic, are hosting a stunning exhibition of works by Yoshinao Sugihara, the 10th-generation successor of a traditional paper wholesaler in Echizen, Fukui Prefecture — one of Japan’s most prominent washi-producing areas. Sugihara has been exploring innovative ways to use washi for the modern age, taking the 1500 old traditional craft of Japanese papermaking, to entirely new heights. The outcome: expressing previously unimagined uses and applications of the Echizen-washi paper form.

 

Exhibition | Building Bauhaus
Until 29 February 2020
Jean-Paul Najar Foundation | Warehouse 45

Established in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, the Bauhaus was one of the most influential schools of the 20th century. This exhibition at Jean-Paul Najar Foundation marks the 100th anniversary of the movement’s founding, and explores its pioneering approach to art education, influence on design, and significant impact on architecture. Explore the movement’s influence and relationship to our region, revisiting key buildings across the Middle East, including the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation building, designed by architect Mario Jossa of Marcel Breuer & Associates.

Talk | Food + Design to Rebuild Communities
15 November | 5PM
Mirzam Chocolate Makers | Warehouse 70

Learn about the work of Turquoise Mountain and Ziba Foods during this talk at Mirzam Chocolate Makers, two organisations that support Afghan industries by creating design, production, and international marketing platforms for artisanal Afghan products including high-end traditional craft and heirloom, and wild-grown superfoods.



PechaKucha Night, in collaboration with UAE Modern
Green Vision is our Possible Future
15 November | 6PM
Majlis | Warehouse 58

Listen in as architects, journalists, scientists, artists, and designers weigh in on the theme of a green future, and help construct a linguistic, and material vocabulary related to restorative and regenerative design. This PechaKucha Night is held in collaboration with UAE Modern.

Exhibition | No Sugar Added
Until 7 December
Zayed University Urban Satellite Space | Warehouse 4
8
The white cube space of Zayed University Urban Satellite Space has been transformed into an all-immersive environment, where you are encouraged to engage and interact with works ranging from contemporary art, design features, custom furniture, digital animation, and video games. All works in the exhibition are designed and created by Zayed University students and alumni.

 

Majlis Talks by FOLIO

Curated by FOLIO, Majlis Talks feature speakers from across the art, design, and architecture disciplines.

 

18 November

4.30PM

Majlis, Warehouse 58

Latif Al Ani, in conversation with Tamara Abdul Hadi.

 

18 November

5.30PM

Majlis, Warehouse 58

Dayanita Singh in conversation with Ishara Art Foundation’s Nada Raza.

 

18 November

6.30PM

Majlis, Warehouse 58

METASITU, in conversation.

 

20 November

5.30PM

Majlis, Warehouse 58

The changing role of the architect?

Moderated by Nazneen Shafi, regional coordinator GULF for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Director of d.Academy, The Young Architect and Design Programme, with panelists DIDI’s Hani Asfour, and ibda Design and National Pavilion UAE La Biennale de Venezia 2020 Curators Wael Alawar and Kenichi Teramoto.

 

20 November

6.30PM

Majlis, Warehouse 58

Reza Derakshani in conversation with Rebecca Anne Proctor.