THE SHARJAH ART VENUES PRESENT A COMMISSIONED PIECE, AN ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AND CRAFT WORKSHOPS MARAYA ART CENTRE PRESENTS AN INTERACTIVE PROJECT AT SIKKA ART FAIR FROM 18-19 MARCH – A SPECIAL COMMISSION & BOOK LAUNCH AT THE 1971 DESIGN SPACE BOOTH G37 DURING DESIGN DAYS DUBAI FROM 14-18 MARCH
Maraya Art Centre and 1971 Design Space will be participating in Art Week which takes place from 13 – 19 March in Dubai. Through participations at Sikka Art Fair and Design Days Dubai, Maraya Art Centre and 1971 Design Space will present an artist commission by UAE based Architecture + Other Things, a project by Italian artist Eva Frapiccini, the current artist in residence and workshops in collaboration with Crafts Council. These activities will engage the public, art community and global visitors with Maraya Art Centre’s varied programming.
1971 Design Space presents Almost Natural Shelter, a commission by Architecture + Other Things during Dubai Design Days which explores the production of space and its aesthetics in the ‘Anthropocene’. The Anthropocene is a new geological era that has emerged out of the unprecedented influence of the human race on the planet’s ecology. The motivation behind Almost Natural Shelter is to uncover the relevant spatial conditions that address this new geological era. Specifically, the project aims to explore an alternative and nebulous relationship between natural and synthetic things.
During Design Days Dubai, 1971 Design Space also presents a schedule of public workshops in collaboration with the UK Crafts Council. With two workshops each day from March 14 – 15, participants can sign up to experience the particulars of Jewellery Design, Ceramic Tile, Textiles and Light & Shadow led by professionals Sarah Angold, Regina Heinz, Fay McCaul and Rita Parniczky, respectively. All workshops will be held at the Design Days Dubai workshop area, and more information to sign up here.
On March 16th at 7pm, the 1971 Design Space booth will also present a book launch and talk on Gulf inspired design with Noor Aldabbagh, founder of Banafsajeel (Dubai – Riyadh) and curator of Once Upon DESIGN: New Routes for Arabian Heritage, Maha Al Sudairi, founder of Think Tank Co. in Jeddah and Roy Letterlé, co-founder of Studio Mieke Meijer in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, both who are participating designers in the exhibition. A one-year research project by Banafsajeel on “Reinventing Heritage”, Once Upon DESIGN features 7 installations that draw inspiration from intangible heritage of the Arabian Peninsula and take it in new contemporary design directions. The discussion will be moderated by Salem Al Qassemi.
At Sikka Art Fair, Maraya Art Centre presents Eva Frapiccini’s project Dreams’ Time Capsule. This is the first phase of a process-based research project which aims to trace the evolution of dream states. Focusing on a largely international cross-section of society, the work is installed temporarily for a varying timeframe, and is mobile: travelling with the artist in her luggage. It has made appearances all over the world since the start of the project in 2011. Once the audio archive of dreams is completed, it will be sealed and re-opened by the artist after ten years and sent back to the dreamers. The ongoing project is inspired from dreams as collective imagery, and made up of the participation and engagement of its visitors, who remain anonymous, but part of an international audio-archive that travels the world. Dreams are recorded in Arabic, English and French, when each dreamer is alone in the capsule recounting their dreams in privacy.
During Art Dubai, Maraya Art Centre is proud to be sponsoring Campus Art Dubai this year, reinforcing their programming throughout the epicentres of Dubai’s Art Week and highlighting the venue’s dedication to promoting art and culture in the UAE.