Abu Dhabi, 20th November, 2015 (WAM) – Abu Dhabi Art continues to engage and inspire audiences at Manarat Al Saadiyat and throughout the city of Abu Dhabi with the exceptional artworks and stimulating programme of the 2015 edition.
Yesterday Valerie Hillings discussed the growing collection of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, while contemporary artists Radouan Mriziga, Compagnie des Prairies and Islam Chipsy, E.E.K. and 100 Copies enthralled audiences with their innovative choreography and sound art performances.
The Art of Our Time by Valerie Hillings, Curator and Manager of Curatorial Affairs for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project, explored the curatorial vision for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s growing collection through some distinctive works that celebrate local and transcultural sources of creative inspiration.
Bjarke Ingles, Founding Partner of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group architects, explored how the built infrastructure of the past can be reborn as social and cultural shapers of life and how one can proactively think of the city as a platform to use these utilities to enrich the city and become a proactive part of the public realm in the talk Muntada: Social Infrastructure, organised by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation in celebration of the opening of Warehouse421.
55 is a solo choreographic piece by Radouan Mriziga, which addressed the question of communication between the performer and the audience. The performer’s body becomes the sole vehicle of information, making each performance completely unique, inspired by cultural influences as diverse as Islamic geometry and Da Vinci’s Vetruvian Man.
JR’s acclaimed 18 minute film Les Bosquets was shown for the first time in the UAE. Featuring the New York City Ballet performing in a disenfranchised Parisian banlieue, it interweaves art, social uproar and the power of images. The short film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2015; it features dancer Lil Buck, and musicians Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer and Woodkid.