As normal life is paused in much of the world and the immediate future is cancelled, our shared present feels strange and precarious. Right now, we live in order to tell each other stories. “Do You Story?” is the theme of the 2020 Global Art Forum, an annual transdisciplinary summit hosted by Art Dubai that, for the first time since it was created in 2007, will not happen in situ this year. Instead, the program is going digital, beginning today at 3pm CET with a “Newshour Special” dedicated to the stories and narratives shaping the current coronavirus fallout.
Hosted by Global Art Forum’s Commissioner, Shumon Basar, this Newshour Special will include appearances from:
– Dubai based guests including Turner Prize co-winner Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Creative Director of the Museum of the Future Brendan McGetrick, Exhibitions Curator at Art Jameel Rahul Gudipudi
– International conversations with artists Simon Denny and Jenna Sutela, curator Marina Fokidis, Futurist in Chief and Chief of Global Affairs of the Dubai Future Foundation Dr. Noah Raford
– New video content from artists Ana Maria Nicolaescu and Nabla Yayha
– And, Music for Homes, will be debuted by Farah Al Qasimi.
Following today’s presentations, live streaming below, over the next few weeks, interviews, insights and personal impressions will be collected from the Global Art Forum’s alumni of novelists, filmmakers, philosophers, technologists, musicians, historians, artists and curators into a “Planetary Feed.” Because the current crisis is occurring at a speed and scale that stretches across the entire world, every individual voice is also part of this unpredictable, universal story.

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