GLOBAL ART FORUM 2010

Global Art Forum 04: Crucial Moments

In 2010, the Global Art Forum returned as the Middle East’s leading platform for cultural debate and discussion, focusing on key issues that brought together the arts scenes of the region with the rest of the world.


Titled Crucial Moments, the 2010 Forum explored evolving aspects of contemporary culture including education, mapping modernism, art writing, and patronage. Bringing experts from the art world together with those from the region, speakers discussed both practical outcomes as well as more theoretical concerns.


Founded and produced by Art Dubai, the Global Art Forum is presented by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture). In 2010, The National was the official media partner.






GLOBAL ART FORUM 04: FORUM A.i.R



In 2010, the Global Art Forum launched an artist-in-residence commission programme that responded to the ephemeral, discursive nature of the discussion series. This year, Haig Aivazian and Shumon Basar were commissioned to take the discussions at the forum as source material for a series of performance-lectures titled 5000 Friends After the Rolodex.



GLOBAL ART FORUM 04: SESSIONS



Crucial Moments explored evolving aspects of contemporary culture including education, mapping modernism, art writing, and patronage. Bringing experts from the art world together with those from the region, speakers discussed both practical outcomes as well as more theoretical concerns.



DAY 1

MONDAY MARCH 15, 2010
MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART, DOHA




WELCOME & INTRODUCTION


Abdulla al Najjar (CEO, Qatar Museum Authority)


PANEL: Future Art School


In recent years, artists and academics have begun re-evaluating traditional educational models in art schools worldwide. Numerous factors influence the development of art education, creating new models – such as the Roving Institution – in addition to cross-disciplinary links. Meanwhile, long traditions of arts education are now being questioned and challenged. Where lies the future of the art school?


Shumon Basar (Writer and Editor)

Reem Fadda (Associate Curator for Middle Eastern Art, Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi Project)

Maria Fusco (Director, MFA Art Writing, Goldsmiths College)

Angela Harutyunyan (Art Programme Director, American University in Cairo)

Anton Vidokle (Artist and Founder, e-flux and unitednationsplaza).


CONVERSATION: M.F. Husain with Deena Chalabi


The legendary painter M.F. Husain is regarded as one of the world’s most important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. He was the pioneer of Indian modernism and brought an enduring internationalism to contemporary Indian art.


Deena Chalabi (Exhibitions Coordinator, Arab Museum of Modern Art)

M.F. Husain (Artist)


PANEL: Institution as Moment


As the Gulf continues its commitment to creating art museums, the need to reassess existing strategies, definitions and long-term ambitions of such institutions has become paramount. This panel focuses on one manifestation of the museum, exploring the growing trend of transient, ‘pop-up’ institutions and the challenges and possibilities they present.


Brad Butler (Artist, Museum of Non-Participation)

Amal Khalaf (Centre for Possible Studies)

Karen Mirza (Artist, Museum of Non-Participation)

Khalil Rabah (Artist, Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankind)

Anton Vidokle (Artist and Founder, e-flux and unitednationsplaza)


CONVERSATION: Dia Azzawi with Nada Shabout


Dia Azzawi is one of the most respected artists to have emerged from the Middle East in recent decades. An Iraqi-born sculptor, his work combines formal theories and myriad influences from both his homeland and the world at large, paying particular reference to the language and usage of colour.


Dia Azzawi (Artist)

Nada Shabout (Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute (CAMCSI), University of North Texas)


DAY 4

FRIDAY 19 MARCH, 2010
MADINAT BEACH, DUBAI




PRESENTATION: 5000 Friends After the Rolodex


Haig Aivazian (Artist)

Shumon Basar (Writer and Editor)




GLOBAL ART FORUM 04: CONTRIBUTORS



Vito Acconci
Mohammed Afkhami
Haig Aivazian
Manal Ataya
Fereydoun Ave
Alice Aycock
Negar Azimi
Dia Azzawi
Maria Baibakova
Bassam El Baroni
Shumon Basar
Brad Butler
Deena Chalabi
Michael Danoff
Kamran Diba
El Anatsui
Hala Elkoussy



Okwui Enwezor
Reem Fadda
Dr Farhad Farjam
Maria Finders
Maria Fusco
H.E. Omar Ghobash
Angela Harutyunyan
Alistair Hicks
Sandi Hilal
M.F. Husain
Amal Khalaf
Hassan Khan
Wassan Al Khudairi
Vasif Kortun
Douglas McLennan
Salwa Mikdadi

Karen Mirza



Jessica Morgan
Abdulla al Najjar
Monica Narula
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Dennis Oppenheim
Jack Persekian
Alessandro Petti
Khalil Rabah
Don Rubell
Mera Rubell
Nada Shabout
Anna Somers-Cocks
Murtaza Vali
Anton Vidokle
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie