Alternate Realities: Arab Futurism—The Future was Desert I and II Online
Available everywhere but the United Arab Emirates from November 27—December 11
“Deserts possess a particular magic, since they have exhausted their own futures, and are thus free of time.” J.G. Ballard’s commentary opens and sets the tone for Qatari-American artist Sophia Al-Maria’s The Future was Desert I and II, two videos that pursue the artist’s interest in exploring the visual and aural aesthetics of deep time and post-human time in the Gulf Region. Depicting the intricacy between fossil fuel dependency, wealth, and environmental devastation, Al-Maria creates a set of delirious, postapocalyptic dreamscapes in which past and future appear as arbitrary temporal references within a complex geopolitical landscape. Description by Bar Laika. (Dir.: Sophia Al-Maria, United Kingdom, 2016, 5 min. each, English)
Stream them Here: https://watch.eventive.org/scifiacrossasia
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