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METASITU: we were building sand castles_but the wind blew them away_FINALFINAL3.psd

18 October


In this public art commission presented by Alserkal Arts Foundation, METASITU, an artist collective (basically Liva Dudareva and Eduardo Cassina, both former residents of Alserkal Residency), will transform the building previously known as Nadi Al Quoz into a ruined ‘folly’.

Follies were a popular architectural typology in the Western garden tradition of the 18th and 19th centuries, where patrons commissioned ‘deliberate ruins’ and ‘exotic pavilions’ to add spurious interest to the landscape. METASITU interprets these structures of unusable architecture as spatial counter-narratives to the then-emerging era of industrialisation.

Their goal is to present architecture as a process, rather than a finished object. With the installation METASITU will explore the cycles of ruinification, ecological footprint, returns, and alternative urban models. By deliberately creating a ruin in 21st century Dubai, METASITU aims to comment on extractive city-building processes. So in an attempt to return the building’s materials to their original state, different parts will be repurposed and reused; and in spring 2020, the space will be further deconstructed into a landscaped environment for the public.

To 25 January.


18 October
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