Organized from the artist’s perspective, this lecture takes a speculative and critical look at the interrelation between anarchy and the imagination. Imagination is assumed to be the primary resource for artists, one that is best used by rejecting constraints through an attitude of limitlessness and radical personal freedom. It is celebrated for its ability to enable people to ‘think outside of the box,’ to innovate and to surprise. Anarchy, as a social and political idea, receives a far more ambivalent welcome. From it’s linguistic roots meaning ‘without a ruler,’ it would seem to be a fellow traveler to the imagination, seeking to scale up the transformative potential of the imagination to a social and political scale. But if it is a change in scale, it is one that then challenges us to examine closely the implications of the imagination and to engage with the full complexity of anarchy. The talk will explore these ideas through a range of texts and artworks. Ultimately it will consider the question of lawlessness, violence and insurrection by looking at the writings of Valerie Solanas, the Unibomber, Tiqqun and the Anonomous Collective.
The lecture will be presented by Kevin McCoy, Associate Professor of Art, New York University.
James Clar will present works at the seventh edition of PULSE Miami, through Los Angeles-based Blythe Projects, alongside Siri Kaur, Mark Schoening and Michael Salvatore Tierney.
Following the success and critical acclaim of PULSE New York in March, the 2011 Miami edition will build on PULSE's reputation as the leading US art fair dedicated solely to contemporary art. PULSE Miami 2011 will continue to showcase a dynamic and geographically diverse group of established and emerging galleries.
Blythe Projects, Booth E - 102 / The Ice Palace, Miami, FL
Presented by Community Cinema and Traffic ‘Cultures of Resistance’ (CoR) is an award-winning documentary feature that highlights the work of artists, musicians, and dancers throughout the world who are working for peace and justice, and are re-conceiving resistance as a fundamentally creative act.
On the occasion of Abudulnasser Gharem’s recent book launch during London Frieze Week, the artist will have a book talk during Abu Dhabi Art 2011. Chaired by journalist and author Henry Hemming, Abdulnasser Gharem will be talking about the inspiration behind his work, how he reconciles being a soldier and an artist, and shedding light on Saudi's society and culture.
Nov 19, 2011 - 6:30pm | Manarat Al Saadiyat – Abu Dhabi Art Lounge
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The 3rd installation for the Satellite Broadcast Series is created by Dubai/New York based media artist, James Clar, with his installation “Turbulence”. A minimal installation using a single lightbulb that that's pushed, pulled, and swings in a chaotic, random pattern. The lightbulb moves around the warehouse space, making areas light while making others dark, building up momentum, flaring up, settling down, and building up again; a meditation on life in constant transition and a world at flux.
James Clar presents four works at START’s charity exhibition, ‘Exploring the Narrative’ alongside Safwan Dahoul, Sacha Jafri, Maisoon Al Saleh, Zara Mahmood, Khaled Takret, Patricia Millns, Athier Moussawi and Sandie Rushforth.
START is a non-profit organisation established by Art Dubai and the Al Madad Foundation which applies the universal language of art to heal, educate and enrich the skills and opportunities of children in the poorest areas of the Middle East.
One year after the exhibition “Making of the Artist - Afghanistan 2011”, and the participation of the artist at Slick Orient, Aman Mojadidi made a decision: to say goodbye to his homeland, Afghanistan. Through the prism of identity and conflict, the conceptual artist Aman Mojadidi plays with the idea of stereotype. The works in this show are a reflection upon the development behemoth Afghanistan has become, because beyond a war, this is THE conflict place to be.
Akshay Sardana is a Dubai based artist and creative whose work deals with the comedy of globalism. For Broadcast002 he creates the installation "Humpback to the Future: A Cameltopia Experience". A fully immersive experience that features an interactive, robotic camel, camel treats, and all things camel within Satellite.
A wry and witty commentary on the region's relationship with the camel and it's development through commercialism and globalism.
Over the last five years, Art Dubai has become a cornerstone of the Middle East and South Asia's booming contemporary art community. The sixth edition of the fair takes place March 21-24, 2012, at Madinat Jumeirah, and will feature over 75 galleries, new artists’ projects, workshops, talks and the critically-acclaimed Global Art Forum. In support of Art Nights @ Gate Village, Art Dubai has collaborated with James Clar on a light installation outside their DIFC offices.
Abdulnasser Gharem: Art of Survival explores the extraordinary life and work of one of the Gulf’s most radical young artists. Presented by Edge of Arabia and independent publishing house Booth-Clibborn, the book launch will be held during London Frieze Week at the Front Line Club, where Abdulnasser Gharem will be speaking with Henry Hemming, among others.
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Featuring donated work ‘The President is Dead (3)’ by Hesam Rahmanian
Bidoun will hold its inaugural fundraising auction at Christie's in London with the ambition of raising funds for publishing and educational projects. The evening will be launched with a conversation between the Serpentine Gallery's Hans-Ulrich Obrist and artist Etel Adnan.
Oct 10 - 15
The eight MOP CAP 2011 finalists, including Hesam Rahmanian, will be exhibiting new works at the Royal College of Art (RCA) from 10 - 15 Oct, 2011. Following a deliberation by the judging panel, the winner of MOP CAP 2011 will be announced on 15 Oct by Ali Khadra, Chair of the MOP CAP judging panel.
Presented by Community Cinema and Traffic, Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat. While this film is about one Palestinian village, it tells a much bigger story about what is possible in the Middle East.
Following the screening, Ramzi Jaber, who recently organised TEDxRamallah in Bethlehem, Amman and Beirut, will moderate a conversation on nonviolence, civil action and advocacy.
Sep 29 - Nov 19
Conceived by Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh
Featuring Hesam Rahmanian alongside Javad Azimi, Niyaz Azadikhah, Shirin Fakhim, Mona Hakimi-Schueler, Farrokh Mahdavi and Sepideh Saii.
Runs until Nov 19, 2011
KRINZINGER PROJEKTE, Vienna
Sep 29 - Oct 05
Faisal Samra's work will be featured in “Image Affranchies” (Liberated Images), an exhibition curated by Brahim Alaoui, showcasing video and photo works by contemporary Arab artists. Samra will also be on the panel of a debate, titled “New Visualities? Contemporary Art within the Arab revolutions,” moderated by contemporary art critic and historian Paul Ardenne.
Faisal Samra will take part in a group show in the first Haein Art Project in South Korea, held at the Haeinsa temple, and in conjuction with a festival that celebrates the millennium anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana.
The inaugural installation for the Satellite Broadcast Series will be created by Dubai-based artist, UBIK, with his installation “Tahrir Square.” An interactive installation comprised of a grid of chess boards that spans nearly half the area of Satellite. The installation aims to act as a scale model reproduction of the Tahrir Square. One side of the installation is comprised of the Officials [King, Queen, Rook, Bishop, Knight] representing the Mubarak posse. The other side of the installation represents the uprising [pawns]. The installation is played out during Satellite Broadcast. One person controls the moves of the ‘Officials’ and ten people control the moves of the ‘Rioters.’
Zak and Robin Williams present TAKING SIDES - an exhibition addressing the roles of violence, authority and politics in contemporary art. In particular, this show focuses on the languages of advertising and pop imagery meant to communicate the goals of war—with special emphasis on the confluence of the military and entertainment in recent American history. From varied international perspectives, today’s artists are examining the strategies of communication, seduction, validation and boosterism that the military proposes. Robin Williams says “Throughout history, from the Pharaoh’s chariot rolling over the dismembered bodies of the conquered to the anguished screams of Picasso’s Guernica, art has depicted the brutalities of war. This exhibition is a way to examine the way contemporary artists consider our current understanding of war as it has been packaged and marketed through mediation of pop culture and mass media.” The show is intimately informed by father and son's experiences with film, art and the military.
Afghani-American artist Aman Mojadidi gave a talk at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai on 15 Sep as part of its new 'Conversations' series. Aman introduced different aspects of artistic activity in Kabul; a contemporary art centre, artist collective, contemporary art prize, film project, and gave examples of graffiti and street art. He also spoke of his own art, which often uses contemporary, post-modern ideas of conflict and globalization combined with traditional narratives rooted in culture, belonging, and identity.
Traffic artist James Clar, Ahmed Mater and UBIK will participate in a group show, "WESTEND?".
"WESTEND?" Will open at the Museum on the Seam in 26 June 2011 and will continue until the end of December of that same year. The exhibition will deal with the meeting that takes place between eastern and western cultures in the political arena in the universal realm and the events that are delineating an unknown future of tomorrow's world. Is this a symbiotic meeting or a clash of civilizations?
Abdulnasser Gharem, Ahmed Mater, and Ayman Yossri aka Daydban will take part in the first pan-Arab exhibition of contemporary art to be held in Venice during the 54th International Venice Biennale. ‘The Future of a Promise’ aims to explore the nature of a promise as a form of aesthetic and socio-political transaction and how it is made manifest in contemporary visual culture in the Arab world today.
James Clar has been invited by the LVMH fashion group to take part in a Louis Vuitton Hong Kong gallery exhibition titled ‘SEE THE LIGHT,’ coinciding with ART HK 2011. The exhibition will be held in a dedicated space in the main body of the store, where Clar will be showing “A Moment Defined by a Point and a Line” - three pieces in a series each representing a historical assassination.
‘The New Middle East’ will show the work of six established artists from the wider Middle East, including that of Abdulnasser Gharem and Ahmed Mater, in what will be the first major Middle Eastern contemporary art exhibition in the Netherlands. The wave of popular uprisings throughout the Arab world have revealed a new Middle East, which few people in the West knew about. The young, liberal-minded population connected to global issues that has suddenly come to the fore since Tunisians initiated the wave in January 2011 did not however come out of nowhere. As this exhibition shows, contemporary Middle Eastern culture is much more complex then often assumed. Curated by Robert Kluijver and hosted by Willem Baars Projects.
James Clar will present a selection of conceptual media and light-based works at the Hong Kong International Art Fair, as part of ART FUTURES - a feature of ART HK showcasing emerging talent represented by young galleries.
Solicitor and Legal Consultant David Melville raises the question, “How should the State reconcile the right to freedom of expression and creativity with “public order” and the preservation of a society’s moral compass?”
Monday, April 25th 7:30pm (Reception 7-7:30pm)
Free and open to the public. Please register on firstname.lastname@example.org
Abdulnasser Gharem, Ahmed Mater, Ayman Yossri aka Daydban have generously donated works previously shown in major Edge of Arabia exhibitions in order to support the expansion of an education programme targeting schools and universities in Saudi Arabia.
Date: Apr 19, 2011 - 7pm / Location: Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai
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In his first solo show in Europe, Hesam Rahmanian presents a new body of paintings that respond with a mordant and mournful wit to the repression and violence inflicted by the current theocratic regime in Iran on the country and its people.
Mar 16 - 19
Traffic participates in the fifth edition Art Dubai, exhibiting artists Mahmoud Bakhshi, James Clar, Ayman Yossri aka Daydban, Abdulnasser Gharem, Ahmed Mater, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Monitor, Hesam Rahmanian, Faisal Samra, and UBIK
Mar 14 - 19
Traffic hosts the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize 2011 (MOP CAP 2011), the world’s leading exhibition and art prize for emerging Iranian artists, featuring 100 works by 24 emerging Iranian artists. Of the 24 shortlisted artists, 8 finalists were selected including Traffic’s Hesam Rahmanian, Niyaz Azadikhah, Shahrzad Changalvaee, Mehdi Farhadian, Arash Fayez, Babak Golkar, Daruish Nehdaran and Shirin Sabahi. A group show of the finalists work will be held at the Royal College of Art, London in October 2011, to coincide with Frieze Art Fair.
Two of Traffic’s artists, Abdulnasser Gharem and Ahmed Mater take part in Edge of Arabia’s pop up exhibition in DIFC’s Gate Village amongst other leading Saudi contemporary artists. Private View: 14 March, from 6pm.
Set to open on March 14th from 6pm at Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai. This new space will allow for large scale art production and will be used as an experimental satellite studio for visiting artists.
The Pavilion, Dubai’s new non-commercial contemporary art space, commissions an installation by James Clar for its Gallery I area. The explosive ‘Media Hype’, mounted on a 19x3m wall is made up of 300 fluorescent tube lights.
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To start off the new year, Pecha Kucha returns with its ninth night in the city. Organized by Traffic, s*uce and The Third Line, the artistic interactive forum of Pecha Kucha Night Dubai first made its mark on the art scene in 2008 providing a place for locally based talent and has since grown to one of the largest gatherings for a mixed media arts event in the region. With a dedicated and constantly growing audience, a large crowd is expected to attend the ninth event. This Pecha Kucha Night will host selected presenters from various artistic, inventive and fascinating fields of photography, architecture, and music, including presenters from the Abraaj Capital Art Prize and Tashkeel studio.
Pecha Kucha follows a 20x20 format which allows each of the evening’s presenters to showcase 20 images – each shown for exactly 20 seconds. This gives the presenter 6 minutes and 40 seconds of much deserved fame before switching over to the next participant. Originating in Japan, Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-chak-cha) is Japanese for “chatter” and was devised and shared by Klein Dytham architecture.
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