Cities are spaces shaped by the non-material as much as the physical. This talk leaps off from these in-between, non-physical encounters. Cristiano Luchetti contends with the increasingly complex urban textures of cities, complexities which demand an alternative to classic morphological analysis. Instead, he endorses a holistic approach comprising social modes and less immediately tangible perceptive features. Jonny Farrow uses recent works to posit an alternative poetics for art making, bringing to the fore listening, language, and psychogeography.
Zeina Hashem Beck | Ismail Al Rifai wield language to carve out spaces of encounter. Zeina Hashem Beck crafts powerful evocations of Lebanon, depicting the poet situated in and negotiating the urban landscape. Al-Rifai's works contend with an inner, more metaphysical landscape. Each poet takes a physical site – a childhood neighbourhood, the banks of the Euphrates, a streets in Beirut – as the leaping off point for journeys emotional and intellectual.
Talmiz Ahmad and Prabhanjan Kambadur examine paradigms that affect urbanisation and the implications for cultural expressions in Asia with two distinct examples: one the result of rural-push rather than urban-pull (India) and the other a developmental state (Singapore)
Weaving narratives to delineate intangible spaces, Magi and Al Ameri's works hover playfully between a world of words and of cities. Each conflates these two domains, layering textures of physical spaces and linguistic realms to demonstrate their commonalities. Both resisting the urge to “SLOT” narratives, Al Ameri and Magi investigate a “Bewitched Thread” lying in the space between the spoken and the unspoken.
Slip casting with plaster mold is an industrial process used to duplicate multiples. The simplicity of the technique allows the studio artist to make identical art pieces and the flexibility to alter the form in a short time. In this workshop, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of basic plaster mold making and slip casting. Students will have hands-on practice to make the prototype, cast the prototype in plaster and slip cast into final product. Students will have the opportunity to make a simple mold either from a readymade object or use the throwing wheel to make the prototype
In relation to notions of ‘home', the experience of city-living presents a binary; it is both belonging, and its opposite, uprootedness. Cristiana de Marchi will map space and memory, elaborating the theme by tracking transformations of space in the works of Al Saadi, Ibrahim and Kazem. Yasser Elsheshtawy remembers Dubai’s Shorta neighborhood (Shabiya) (Jumeirah/Al Wasl) and its redevelopment into City Walk Project. In this example of inevitable progress, he locates the potent notion of urban memory – a sense of attachment and connection to place, even as it is transformed. Jason Wee will propose an artistic response to notions of home and belonging within the context of Singapore.
Private vernissage and inauguration; a celebratory evening with a bespoke edible food art installation by Janice Wong, a celebrity desert chef from Singapore who was named as the best pastry chef in Asia by the top 50 restaurants in the world (2013, 2014), and live mural from Dina Saadi.