During my trip to Abu Dhabi Art, I took a bit off the art fair beat to take a look at one of Abu Dhabi’s more well known cultural attractions: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Constructed between 1996 and 2007, the mosque is the largest in United Emirates, and the 8th largest in the world. It can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers. The place is amazing. Here are some pictures.
Kaja Cxzy Anderson lives just down the hall from AFC’s office’s offices, so we’ve been checking out her work lately. Her tumblr has a dashboard that resembles Facebook and is filled with screenshots from the site that stretch across the page. Basically, it’s what Facebook would look like if it was designed by interesting people. This particular GIF is a collaboration with Fly Delta Tumblr, a tumblr that’s filled primarily with abstracted GIFs and the occasional monster GIF. The result is a patterned phone GIF with a celebratory corporate blue streamer running across the face of the phone. It’s a slow, methodical perspectival move back and forth in space. Even with the weird crystal that goes in and out of the frame, the GIF still seems to be more urban planning than it is party time. For me, that’s a good thing; party GIFs are ubiquitous. Whatever this is, it’s not a common GIF.
This is not an “art” GIF made by an “artist” who makes “art.” It is a beautiful GIF looping from the Japan-only video game Rival Schools 2. Via Obscure Video Games
After a Tuesday night opening at the Manarat Al Saadiyat that involved a near two hour Patti Smith performance and the glitteriest of the glitterati, Wednesday afternoon at Abu Dhabi Art seemed quiet by comparison. A steady stream of collectors were milling about the halls this first day of the fair, though just as often, so too were the dealers.