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GLOBAL ART FORUM 2022

GLOBAL ART FORUM 15: ‘THIS IS THE PICTURE’

The 15th edition of the Global Art Forum, commissioned by Shumon Basar, is entitled ‘This is the Picture’ and examines the worlds of digital artefacts and crypto economies. The programme is in dialogue with the new Art Dubai Digital section.  This year’s forum will take place on March 11-13, 2022, during Art Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah. 

We have seen a Great Reversal over the last decade: online is no longer secondary to offline. Are we now extensions of our screens? We are seeing new values emerge from new virtual assets, as scarcity of digital space and objects can finally be measured. Art and culture have always mirrored social and technological change. Where are we heading next?   

‘This is the Picture’ invites artists, curators, creators, thinkers and technologists to explore sessions around: 

  • Innovative NFT art platforms and projects featured at Art Dubai Digital and beyond
  • Digital communities, also known as Decentralized Autonomous Organizations
  • The promises and perils of a Web 3.0 world
  • Crypto Subcultures and the Meme Economy
  • The emerging aesthetics of blockchain oriented art and its art historical precedents
  • How legacy audiences and institutions are engaging with these accelerated developments

These lectures, discussions and conversations — combining in-situ sessions with live video appearances — will be like a revealing screenshot of our evolving times. 


COMMISSIONER

Shumon Basar is a writer, editor and curator. He is author of the books The Extreme Self: Age of You and The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, both with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Together, they co-curated the large-scale exhibition Age of You at MOCA Toronto and Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai. In addition to being Commissioner of Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum since 2011, Basar has also been a member of Fondazione Prada’s “Thought Council;” a curator at Porto’s Fórum do Futuro; and has editorial/advisory roles at the magazines TANKBidoun032c and Flash Art.





ABOUT THE GLOBAL ART FORUM



Global Art Forum is an annual, transdisciplinary summit, based in Dubai, which combines original thinking and contemporary themes in an intimate, live environment. Since 2007, the Forum has been a key part of Art Dubai’s extensive cultural programming. Featuring live talks guided by a curated theme, Global Art Forum has brought together over 500 global minds from pop culture to renowned academia: artists, curators, museum directors, filmmakers, novelists, historians, philosophers, technologists, entrepreneurs, musicians and performers. Central to Global Art Forum’s continuing success is the dialogue the platform fosters across disciplines, reporting from every part of the world to paint a truly 21st century portrait of how the globalised world thinks. The Forum has been invited to present special editions at the Royal Academy of Arts, London; and the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.



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