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The Global Art Forum_6 schedule is available as a downloadable .pdf here.

 

 

SUNDAY MARCH 18
(Day 1) Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha
 

15.00

Welcome address by Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
   

15.10

‘The Medium of Media’ introduction by Global Art Forum_6 director Shumon Basar
   
15.15 

REPORT OR UPLOAD: NEWS AND THE ARAB AWAKENING

Discussion
Demotix founder and CEO Turi Munthe hosts Al Jazeera's Ghida Fakhry Khane, Gulf News columnist Mishaal Al Gergawi and Cairo based writer/journalist Yasmine El Rashidi to measure how and why events in the Arab world over the past year challenged traditional and new news media. 

   

16.15

SOME MEDIUM STORIES

Introduction & Readings
Michael Vazquez has edited a specially commissioned publication for Global Art Forum_6 entitled Some Medium Stories. Includes satellite TV in Afghanistan, Iraq on YouTube, Syria on Facebook, art world gossip, plus more, from writers Emily Dische-Becker, Tom FrancisKristine Khouri, Nicholas Sautin, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, among others. Also available to read in the Forum-Forum.

   

16.30

THE SOCIAL MEDIA SPRING?

Lecture
Commentator Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi describes the ways in which the medium of social media has played an instrumental role in the ‘Arab Spring’, and whether history will over- or under-emphasise its political significance. 

   

17.00

POWERPOINTINGTM YOUR CREATIVE MEDIUM POTENTIAL (CMP)

Presentations
PowerPoint is omnipresent -- from bored boardrooms and continuing education seminars to military briefings at the Pentagon and in Kabul, with art fairs in between. Editor/art historian Victoria Camblin has curated a special series of PowerPoints, created collaboratively by contemporary artists, writers, creative entities and duos, which celebrate, critique and creatively exploit the medium’s strange, story-telling familiarity. Featuring Douglas Coupland (Keynote), Ayshay + Kari Altmann, Goldin & Senneby, LuckyPDF and Alexander Provan (Triple Canopy). Also available to browse in the Forum-Forum.

   
17.15

THE WORD IS FLAT

Conversation
Having studied sculpture in the early 80s, novelist Douglas Coupland was drawn into writing by the text-works of artists Andy Warhol and Jenny Holzer. After a decade of writing best-selling books like Generation X, Microserfs and JPod, Coupland returned to making art—in a multitude of shapes, sizes, and dizzying colours.  Here, with Serpentine Gallery Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Programmes Hans Ulrich Obrist and Shumon Basar, Coupland discusses words, images and what it means to be ‘post-media’ today.

   

18.15 

End of programme

  

 

MONDAY MARCH 19
(Day 2) Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha
 

14.00

POWERPOINTINGTM YOUR CREATIVE MEDIUM POTENTIAL (CMP)   

Presentations (continued)
Victoria Camblin

   

14.15

LONG FORM: ARTISTS AND CINEMA

Discussion
Critic and writer Sukhdev Sandhu hosts artist Shezad Dawood, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of LACMA Michael Govan and film-producer Anna Lena Vaney to find out why so many contemporary artists have turned to the medium of feature-film lately. What are the historical precedents of art moving towards cinema, and vice versa? And what drives this durational tendency?

   

15.15

THE GCC: GULF COLLOQUY COMPENDIUM

Introduction and Readings
Commissioned by Global Art Forum_6, writer and filmmaker Sophia Al Maria has written a ‘lexicon’ of the Gulf, a 'vernacular digest of new words from the past and archaic phrases from the future'. Also available to read in the Forum-Forum.

   
15.30 

ARABIC ART GLOSSARY PROJECT

Launch and Talk
Curator Lara Khaldi leads a new collaboration between Art Dubai and Mathaf: an interactive Arabic Art Glossary platform. Over the course of a year, a database of art terms and definitions in Arabic will be built up, providing arts practitioners, institutions, students and translators with an unparalleled resource. 

   

16.00

Refreshment break
   
16.15 

SOME MEDIUM STORIES

Readings (continued)
Michael Vazquez

   

16.30

POWERPOINTINGTM YOUR CREATIVE MEDIUM POTENTIAL (CMP)

Lecture and Presentations (continued)
Victoria Camblin

   

17.00

OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW

Film Screening
This unique film-portrait of Anselm Kiefer, directed by Sophie Fiennes, visits the personal universe the artist built at his hill studio estate in the South of France. Fiennes enters into direct contact with the raw materials Kiefer employs to build his paintings and sculpture—lead, concrete, ash, acid, glass and gold—during his last days at La Ribotte before his move to Paris. 

   
19.00

Closing remarks & end of programme

 
 

WEDNESDAY MARCH 21
(Day 3) Art Dubai, Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
 

14.00

‘The Medium of Media’ introduction by Shumon Basar

   

14.05

MARSHALL, MEDIA & ME

Lecture and Conversation
Novelist and artist Douglas Coupland (Generation X, Microserfs and JPod) explains how we ‘know nothing’ of the work of Canadian media-theorist Marshall McLuhan, who, in the 1960s, coined the phrases ‘the medium is the message’ and ‘the global village’. Coupland discusses the unknown nuances of McLuhan’s legacy with Serpentine Gallery Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Programmes Hans Ulrich Obrist and Shumon Basar.  

   
15.00

POWERPOINTINGTM YOUR CREATIVE MEDIUM POTENTIAL (CMP)

Presentations
PowerPoint is omnipresent -- from bored boardrooms and continuing education seminars to military briefings at the Pentagon and in Kabul, with art fairs in between. Editor/art historian Victoria Camblin has curated a special series of PowerPointsTM, created collaboratively by contemporary artists, writers, creative entities and duos, that celebrate, critique and creatively exploit the medium's strange, story-telling familiarity. Featuring Douglas Coupland (Keynote), Ayshay + Kari Altmann, Goldin & Senneby, LuckyPDF and Alexander Provan (Triple Canopy). Also available to browse in the Forum-Forum (located in the Ballroom Foyer).

   

15.15

CABARET CRUSADES: HISTORY THROUGH THE EYES OF FILM AND LITERATURE

Discussion and Screening
Hans Ulrich Obrist talks with Egyptian artist (and Abraaj Capital Art Prize-winner) Wael Shawky about his recent project, which translated Amin Maalouf's 1983 book 'The Crusades Through Arab Eyes' into film-form. Maalouf responds, via video, to questions about history and ambiguity, while Shawky shares his unique experience of working with a cast of Italian marionettes. 

   

16.15

SOME MEDIUM STORIES

Introduction & Readings
Michael Vazquez has edited a specially commissioned publication for Global Art Forum_6 entitled Some Medium Stories. Includes satellite TV in Afghanistan, Iraq on YouTube, Syria on Facebook, art world gossip, plus more, from writers Emily Dische-Becker, Tom FrancisKristine Khouri, Nicholas Sautin, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, among others. Also available to read in the Forum-Forum (located in the Ballroom Foyer). 

   

16.30

ARABIC ART GLOSSARY PROJECT

Launch and Talk
Curator Lara Khaldi leads a new collaboration between Art Dubai and Mathaf: an interactive Arabic Art Glossary platform. Over the course of a year, a database of art terms and definitions in Arabic will be built up, providing arts practitioners, institutions, students and translators with an unparalleled resource.

   
17.00

POWERPOINTINGTM YOUR CREATIVE MEDIUM POTENTIAL (CMP)

Presentations
Victoria Camblin

   

17.15

End of programme

  
 

THURSDAY MARCH 22
(Day 4) Art Dubai, Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
 

14.00

VALUED: NEWS AND THE MARKETS OF ART AND FINANCE

Conversation
Georgina Adam (Financial Times art market correspondent and Editor-at-Large of the Art Newspaper) and geo-strategist/author Parag Khanna discuss how the movement of news and information shapes value in globalised art and financial marketplaces.

   

15.00

POWER LESS: ART VS. MEDIA

Polemic (1)
Journalist and Bidoun senior editor Negar Azimi asks ‘What’—if anything—‘is to be done’ by artists in the face of turbulent historical times when it’s the media, arguably, that possesses today’s power to shape our imaginations and ideologies the most.

   
15.15

THE BREAKUP

Presentation and Conversation
Artist Michael Rakowitz presents his 2010 multi-medium project, The Breakup, which considered the intricacies of The Beatles’ 1969 breakup as an example of a collaborative phenomenon that stops functioning. Negotiation fails, communication halts. The Breakup originally aired as a ten-part radio program on Ramallah’s Radio Amwaj, and was commissioned by Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem. Its director, Jack Persekian, talks to Rakowitz about the many media dimensions of this public-work.

   
16.15

POWER LESS: ART VS. MEDIA

Polemic (2)
Cairo based artist and historian Huda Lutfi delivers the second reflection on media’s powerful role in recent and current political upheavals.

   

16.30

POWERPOINTINGTM YOUR CREATIVE MEDIUM POTENTIAL (CMP)

Lecture and Presentations
Victoria Camblin

   
17.00

End of programme

        
 

FRIDAY MARCH 23
(Day 5) Art Dubai, Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
 

14.00 

ARSHAFA E3LAMIYA: MIDDLE EAST NEWS ARCHIVE

Presentation
In this archive of the present, writer and researcher Mariam Wissam Al Dabbagh collects, compares and critiques the different way in which current events in the Arab world are narrated by Arabic and English speaking news media. A project commissioned by Global Art Forum_6. Also available to browse in the Forum-Forum (located in the Ballroom Foyer).

   

14.15

NET ART 1: AN ACCELERATED HISTORY

Conversation
The 1990s are a world away. Dial-up Internet connections. AOL. And burgeoning ‘Net Art’. Journalist and author of Nettitudes Josephine Bosma talks with curator Nat Muller about the early adopter artists who decided that being online was a new medium frontier for the nearing millennium.

   

15.00

SOME MEDIUM STORIES

Readings
Michael Vazquez

   

15.15

(IT’S NOT) NET ART 2: EMANCIPATE THE MEDIUM!

Discussion

The second 'Net Art' session fast forwards to the present moment, and browses through a younger generation of artists for whom the medium of the internet is as much as part of the world as water or sky. Victoria Camblin and Triple Canopy co-editor Alexander Provan converse with artist Constant Dullaart about the misconceived divide between digital and sculptural, mouse and muse.

   

16.00

THE GCC: GULF COLLOQUY COMPENDIUM

Introduction and Readings
Commissioned by Global Art Forum_6, writer and filmmaker Sophia Al Maria has written a ‘lexicon’ of the Gulf, a ‘vernacular digest of new words from the past and archaic phrases from the future’. Also available to read in the Forum-Forum (located in the Ballroom Foyer).

   

16.15

POWER LESS: ART VS. MEDIA

Discussion
Delfina Foundation director Aaron Cezar hosts a discussion with Negar Azimi and Huda Lutfi that expands on their polemical statements from earlier on. Townhouse director William Wells provides additional critical response. Media — particularly rolling news — has come to define how we are informed about political change. Media is also the dominant sphere of today's visual culture. Against this backdrop, can contemporary art aspire to political agency? Or has art's potential to 'speak truth to power' been silenced by media's more potent coverage?

   
17.00

End of programme

 

 

SATURDAY MARCH 24
(Day 6) Art Dubai, Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
 

14.00

FORUM FELLOWS: DEADLINE DRAMA (WRITING AGAINST THE PRESENT)

Discussion
Critics Kaelen Wilson-Goldie and Murtaza Vali with the 2012 Forum Fellows Rayya BadranJyoti DharRijin Sahakian and Shahira Issa report on a week of daily deadlines, and discuss the imperatives and impediments of writing with and against the tide of present history.

   
15.00

MASS MEDIUM: EMIRATI TV ON HOME VIDEO

Presentation
Blogger Hind Mezaina presents highlights from Aqeel al Showab’s 10,000-hour VHS/Betamax archive of Emirati TV from the 1970s to the 1990s. A private individual’s passion becomes de facto national archive. Excerpts on show in the Forum-Forum (located in the Ballroom Foyer).

   

15.30

NARRATING THE BROADCAST

Artist’s Presentation
‘Avalanche in Kosovo. Syrian conflict in Lebanon. Whitney Houston no more. Fighting escalates in Athens’. Artist Isak Berbic presents his recent works: Narrating the Broadcast, an online performance in which Berbic reported on the reporting on Egypt and Libya; the related video The Battle for Petra (on show in the Forum-Forum) and Brief Histories, a curatorial project in collaboration with Fawz Kabra.

   
16.00 

DUBAI ART WORLD CARTOGRAPHY

Presentation and Conversation
Brusselssprouts have produced a dynamic, cartographic visual exploration of the Dubai art world, distilling more than 2500 entries spanning from galleries, exhibitions, fairs, artists, curators, patrons and any art event produced in U.A.E. since 2005. They explain to Shumon Basar how the map came about and what it reveals. Also displayed in the Forum-Forum (located in the Ballroom Foyer).

   

16.30

Closing remarks & end of programme

 

 

Also on show in the Forum-Forum (located in the Ballroom Foyer) are artworks by artists Haig Aivazian, Hala Ali and Banu Cennetoglu as well as multi-media resources related to ‘The Medium of Media’.

 

 

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