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Global Art Forum 12

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Global Art Forum 12


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The 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. It has brought together over 400 global minds from pop culture to renowned academia:  artists, curators, museum directors, filmmakers, novelists, historians, philosophers, technologists, entrepreneurs, musicians and performers, dialogue with one another across disciplines, reporting from every part of the world, painting a truly 21st century portrait of how the globalized world thinks.

Entitled I Am Not A Robot, the current edition of the Forum will explore the highly topical theme of automation – as well as the opportunities and trepidations brought along with it.

 

Event Information:

Wednesday, 21 March 2018: 14:00 – 18:30

Thursday, 22 March 2018: 14:00 – 18:30

Friday, 23 March 2018: 14:00 – 18:00

Location: Art Dubai, Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah

 

Free and open to all, this year’s Global Art Forum is simultaneously translated into Arabic and English.

The opening session of the Global Art Forum 2018 was held 14 February 14 2018 at Dubai Design District, introducing some of the key themes of I Am Not A Robot, in a series of talks, presentations and discussions with Shumon Basar, Noah Raford, Marlies Wirth and acclaimed artist/writer James Bridle.

The Forum continues at Art Dubai for its acclaimed three-day marathon, exploring the impacts of automation, Artificial Intelligence and machine learning in work, creativity, design, economics, politics and art. Some of the pressing questions posed are: “Is there a Non-Western model of AI?”, “Will the blockchain build a new Internet?”, “What makes us human in an increasingly non-human world?”, and “What are machines saying about us behind our backs?” In addition to lectures, conversations and discussions, there will be performances and a rich film-screening programme by Cinema Akil.

The 2018 iteration of the Global Art Forum is organized by Commissioner Shumon Basar, with Chief Operating Officer and Futurist-in-Chief of the Dubai Future Foundation Noah Raford, and Curator of Digital Culture & Design Collection at the MAK, Vienna, Marlies Wirth, as Co-Directors.

Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum is presented by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and supported by Dubai Design District (d3).

 

COMMISSIONER

Shumon Basar is a writer, curator and cultural critic. He is Commissioner of the Global Art Forum in Dubai; Editor-at-large of Tank magazine; Contributing Editor at Bidoun magazine; Director of the Format programme at the AA School; and a member of Fondazione Prada’s Thought Council. His most recent book, co-authored with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist, is “The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present.” @shumonbasar

CO-DIRECTORS

Noah Raford is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Futurist-in-Chief of the Dubai Future Foundation. He was also a former advisor on futures, foresight, and innovation for the UAE Prime Minister’s Office. As part of a team that identifies emerging opportunities and future initiatives for the Government of Dubai, his work helps frame the UAE as a global test-bed for 21st Century technologies and ideas. His is currently leading the construction and curation of the Museum of the Future (opening in 2019), as well as various public sector transformation initiatives. He lives in Dubai and is a semi-retired techno DJ. @nraford

Marlies Wirth is a curator and art historian based in Vienna, Austria. With a background in contemporary art she has been active at the MAK – the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna, since 2006, where she has worked closely with MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles and was appointed curator in 2009. She was recently named Curator of Digital Culture & Design Collection at the MAK. She curates exhibitions, programmes and discursive events in the fields of art, design, architecture, media and technology, and has had a key role in the programming of VIENNA BIENNALE 2017. Next to her institutional practice, she develops independent exhibition projects with international artists, and writes essays and texts for artists and publications. Recent exhibitions include the themed group show “Artificial Tears” and “ich weiß nicht [I don’t know] – Growing Relations between Things” (Vienna Biennale 2017), the group show “24/7: the Human Condition” (Vienna Biennale 2015). She is also part of the curatorial team for the international travelling exhibition “Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine” (2017, MAK in cooperation with Vitra Design Museum and Design Museum Gent). @marlieswirth

 

SCHEDULE

 

21 March 2018

Welcome & Introduction, 14:00 – 14:15

Global Art Forum Commissioner Shumon Basar and Co-Directors Noah Raford and Marlies Wirth

 

I AM AI, 14:15 – 14:45

Media Theorist Paul Feigelfeld

 

I AM NOT WESTERN AI: ANIMALS, ALIENS, AND ALTERNATE PHILOSOPHIES OF MIND, 14:45 – 15:45

Assistant Professor, Academy of Media Arts Cologne Mi You, National Technology Officer Microsoft China Ltd. Qing Wei, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Autonomous University of Barcelona Jordi Vallverdú, hosted by Noah Raford

 

AM I STILL EMPLOYED: JOBS, JOYS, AND WHAT DO YOU DO, 15:45 – 16:15

Head of Research, Dubai Future Foundation Jessica Bland with Shumon Basar

 

I AM AWESOME, ANNOYING AND AWFUL: AI IN EVERYDAY LIFE, 2050, 16:30 – 17:00

Product and Interaction Designer Simone Rebaudengo with Noah Raford

 

I AM A HYPERSTITION, 17:00 – 17:30

Artist, Writer and Trend Forecaster Emily Segal

 

I AM A HUMAN ARTIST: PART 1, 17:30 – 18:30                         

Artists Rokni, Ramin Haerizadeh & Hesam Rahmanian, Yuri Pattison and Ania Soliman, hosted by Writer Melissa Gronlund

 

 

22 March 2018

I AM/NOT A ROBOT, 10:00 – 12:30

Workshop by Artists Isabel Lewis and Asad Raza

 

Welcome & Introduction, 14:00 – 14:15

Global Art Forum Commissioner Shumon Basar and Co-Directors Noah Raford and Marlies Wirth

 

I AM A HUMAN ARTIST: PART 2, 14:15 – 15:15

Artist and ‘Private Ear’ Lawrence Abu Hamdan with Artists Katja Novitskova and Pamela Rosenkranz, hosted by CTO Serpentine Galleries London and Initiator unMonastery Ben Vickers

 

IS IT DJINN: GHOSTS, MACHINES, MUSIC, 15:15 – 15:45

Music Producer and Artist Fatima Al Qadiri and Shumon Basar

 

I AM HUMAN: CAN YOU PROVE IT? 15:45 – 16:45

Artist and Architect Alessandro Bava, Designer Simone Niquille and Artist and Writer Patricia Reed, hosted by Marlies Wirth

 

REPORT FROM THE SERPENTINE MARATHON 2017, 16:45 – 17:00

Artistic Director Serpentine Galleries London Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ben Vickers

 

I AM DISTRIBUTED: AT THE FRONTEIRS OF THE BLOCKCHAIN, 17:00 – 18:00

Theorist Jaya Klara Brekke and Architect and Musician Martti Kalliala, hosted by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ben Vickers

 

I AM/NOT A ROBOT, 18:00 – 18:30

Performance by Artist and Dancer Isabel Lewis and Artist Asad Raza

 

23 March 2018

Welcome & Introduction, 14:00 – 14:05

Global Art Forum Commissioner Shumon Basar and Co-Directors Noah Raford and Marlies Wirth

 

AM I A SAD ROBOT: THE CLINIC OF AI, 14:05 – 14:45

Philosopher and Writer Aaron Schuster

 

 

SCREENINGS AND CONVERSATIONS

CINEMA AKIL PRESENTS “CONSIDER THE ROBOT & ‘OTHER’ STATES OF FUTURENESS”, 15:00 – 18:00

 

LAST DAYS OF THE MAN OF TOMORROW, 15:00 – 15:30

Director Fadi Baki

 

PUMZI, 15:30 – 16:00

Director Wanuri Kahiu

 

PUMZI Q&A, 16:00 – 16:30

Wanuri Kahiu and Writer and Curator Özge Calafato

 

FREE LUNCH SOCIETY, 16:30 –18:00pm

Director Christian Tod

Earlier Event: March 21
Art Dubai Modern
Later Event: March 21
Julius Baer Lounge