Featuring commissioned projects and research, as well as live talks guided by a curated theme, the Global Art Forum brings together a diverse line-up of participants, including artists, curators, musicians, strategists, thinkers and writers.
The ninth edition of the Global Art Forum, running alongside Art Dubai, March 18-21, 2015, takes on the theme of technologies and their impact on the world of art and culture. Titled Download Update?, the Forum is co-directed by Turi Munthe and Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, with Shumon Basar as Director-at-Large.
In 2014, The Forum explored an imagined timeline of turning points in the past and was co-directed by curator-translator Omar Berrada and artist Ala Younis, and commissioned by Shumon Basar. Meanwhile...History
was presented by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), and was held in partnership with the Office of Strategic Cultural Relations at Qatar Museums Authority through their Years of Culture annual initiative. The Doha days of the Global Art Forum took place during the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture at Katara Art Center.
The Forum Fellows is a fellowship programme that aims to bring together a select group of exceptional young curators, writers and translators. In the long term, this intensive programme aims to develop an alumni group of dynamic practitioners who exchange ideas and experience, and promote best practice. The fellowship is led in 2015 by Tirdad Zolghadr with a focus on upcoming writers from the Middle East.
The commissioned publications, curated projects, and new research inspired by the Global Art Forum are presented in Forum Forum, a media repository section located in the art fair.