hyper/slow, courtesy of the artist
Dubai, Google Map satellite view
sketch of the helipad, drawn from memory by participant Audrey Balberona
notes after hyper/slow, by participant Audrey Balberona
It has been said that Dubai is a city designed to be seen from above. But who has access to this perspective? And does zooming out provide a sharper focus or create a deeper abstraction? Is it possible to synchronize with a capitalist frequency of time, and then speed it up, in order to slow it down?
On December 8th, 2017 Alserkal Resident Jaret Vadera led a group of ten participants on a curated 25-minute silent experience of Dubai and the World Islands by helicopter.
Participants were invited to join in a collective experiment by engaging in silence during the helicopter flight, by turning off their cell phones, and by refraining from taking any pictures. In an effort to see they could hack a tourist interface and reprogram it as an artistic or meditative one.
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Produced and presented by Tairone Bastien
Text by Jaret Vadera
Images courtesy of the artist