Cryptographic art and graffiti at the center of Dubai Design District’s Rethink Art program


Art season has well and truly arrived in the UAE, with Art Dubai on the horizon and a myriad of new exhibitions across the Emirates opening daily.

Dubai Design District joins its Rethink Art program for the second year, from Tuesday to Sunday.

The event will include exhibitions and installations, live performances, activations and workshops for budding and seasoned art lovers.

The mission behind the program is to ‘rethink the ordinary’ and it aims to bring together creative talent to experiment, collaborate and innovate, with local, regional and international names involved.

“We are delighted to present such a diverse, lively, enriching and exciting selection of artistic talent in March at another edition of Rethink Art. Along with design, fashion and architecture, art is a central pillar of our d3 ecosystem,” said Khadija Al Bastaki, Executive Director of d3.

This year, as with many similar events, digital art is in the spotlight, with Icons of Crypto Art by The 721, a self-proclaimed celebration “of the artists who paved the way for the emergence of crypto art, and believed in this movement when no one else did”.

It’s a showcase of works from 30 creators, highlighting art that traces the history of the space and also offering Q&A sessions and walkthroughs. This includes: Rare Pepes, an exhibition of limited-edition blockchain collectibles; CryptoPunks, the first algorithmically generated NFT collection; and XCOPY Right click and save aswhich was made public earlier this year.

Elsewhere, three street artists will hold live graffiti exhibitions for visitors to participate in and a miniature printmaking exhibition will feature works by international printmakers from around the world. At the same time, Ink Your Print will offer visitors the opportunity to learn and try out two hand printing techniques: drypoint and linoleum.

A live graffiti session that visitors can participate in will take place at Rethink Art

At K Gallery, there will be a showcase of 18 emerging talents in the UAE, including Facade to Facade by photographer Hussain AlMoosawi and Celebrating Middle Eastern Creativity by the Khawla Art & Culture Foundation.

Hypernova by Alienz Crews in Building 7 in the neighborhood is sure to attract onlookers, as it’s an installation project where artists use fluorescent spray on plastic wrap with ultraviolet light for unique effects.

There will also be live performances from regional talent throughout the event, although names have yet to be revealed. These will take place between 1 and 2 p.m. and between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the Outdoor in The Core Block.

At the Meraki Design & Art Studio, visitors can participate in workshops and learn how to design phone cases, resin clocks, and fluid art paintings.

A few days later, an international short film festival, Urban Visions: Architecture and the Future of Cities of the Ajman Film Biennale, will take place outdoors on Tuesday, March 15 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., promising to feature “submissions exceptional” at an event that is the “first of its kind in the Gulf and the surrounding Arab region”.

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Updated: March 06, 2022, 12:01 PM


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