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Tequila bent and burger bound 
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Double bacon cheeseburgers with avacado, tomato, onions, lettuce with fries & sweet potato fries 🍔🍟 

Chilled @teremana ANEJO 🥃

Tequila bent and burger bound 🥃🍔😈👆🏾 Double bacon cheeseburgers with avacado, more...

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Hey guys, great news! 🤩 We're happy to announce that a few weeks ago at Art Dubai 2021, Art Jameel, an independent organisation based in Saudi Arabia and the UAE have acquired Kristoffer Ardeña's Ghost Painting (Cracked Category): Bawang. ⁠
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In an article by The National News, Art Jameel's director Antonia Carver talks briefly about Ardeña and his work. ⁠
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Check out the article in our bio!⁠
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Hey guys, great news! 🤩 We're happy to announce that a few weeks ago at Art Dubai more...

Tropical Futures Institute

We’re happy to share with you guys that preparations are on the way for AD21! We’re showing artworks from Kristoffer Ardeña, Sven Loven, Unchalee Anantawat and Ryo Matsuoka. 

We’re also showing NFTs from Morakana, Petros Moris, Simon Speiser, Somnath Bhatt, xlvrbk and Maria Jeona Zoleta.

VIP previews begin today through the 31st 😊
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We’re happy to share with you guys that preparations are on the way for AD21! We’re more...

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Check out Simon Speiser’s ( @ciriguaya ) VR  piece Floats for @artdubai 2021. Check it out in our booth 😊

“The VR work Floats takes on a central motif of Momo, the novel published by Michael Ende in 1973. Here, so called Stundenblumen embody time frozen in space. The time stored in them is disseminated by their blossoming, blooming and withering. In Speiser’s work, these flowers are exchanged for 32 objects he was given by friends or he had himself collected, all bearing a particular relationship to time and memory. In the work, these objects drift towards the spectator, extend to larger than life floating around, and shrink while moving away towards the horizon. Their movements form a Mandala-like pattern while they traverse a full circle around the viewer in exactly 24 minutes, contemplating upon time(s) and space (s)…”

Music by @mobilegirl
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Check out Simon Speiser’s ( @ciriguaya ) VR piece Floats for @artdubai 2021. Check more...

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Dear TFI Community,
First off, we would like to remind ourselves and everyone to take care of themselves and their loved ones. Chaos in the world will never cease to exist. We can only do our best to steer it in a positive direction. Affirming thoughts and strength to our friends in Myanmar, Thailand, the Asian American community, and those who continue to resist oppression in these times.

We are about to embark on another adventure in the world of art; Art Dubai 2021 awaits us around the corner. We're calling our show "Liquid Paradise." We find the metaphor ambiguous enough for a wide interpretation where we may envision a multitude of conditions. We recently wrote a piece about the idea of water being used as a signal to look at different futures that exist in our present-day and differ from location to location. Some water tells us of abundance, some water tells us of scarcity, some of the technology, and others of disaster. They all fight to diffuse more broadly into our world for today and tomorrow.

We're proud to be presenting a beautiful line up of friends and collaborators new and old:

Kristoffer Ardeña
Unchalee Anantawat
Maria Jeona Zoleta 
MORAKANA
Petros Moris 
Ryo Matsuoka
Simon Speiser
Somnath Bhatt
Sven Loven
xlvrbk
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@kris_ardena
@unchaleee
@explodingassholes
@mora.kana
@petrosmoris
@ryomatsuoka
@ciriguaya
@m0henjodaro
@xlvrbk

01 - 03 April 2021
If ya’ll are in Dubai, drop by our booth! See ya 👋🏽 
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@acid_arab - Gul l’Abi (feat. A-WA) bought off @bandcamp
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Dear TFI Community, First off, we would like to remind ourselves and everyone to more...

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Check out @mora_kana ‘s piece Live from Microworld for @artdubai 2021. Check it out in our booth 😊

“Live from Microworld reveals the connections between technology, and the planet. Highlighting both the scalar connections between different system components in the performance and describing the network connections between the actors of the performance itself. (Microbes, humans, microscope, video feed, computer, image recognition, synthesizers, microphones, music programs, streaming programs, internet, fiber, last mile, 4G/LTE.) The stack of technologies involved in generating this performance can be unpacked in many different ways; however, the current time signals towards the relationship between this performance and the current global pandemic.”
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Check out @mora_kana ‘s piece Live from Microworld for @artdubai 2021. Check it more...

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Check out @xlvrbk ‘s piece for @artdubai 2021. 
The Sower is an audiovisual magic spell to bless mutual flourishing to the interconnected networks of the buyer and seller of this work.

Xlvrbk is an experimental digital artist based in Cebu, Philippines. Exploring the edges of digital art, from VR, 3D, video art and sound design. Currently experimenting with the distribution of digital art assets using blockchain technology through non-fungible tokens (NFT).

Check his work out in our booth 😊
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Check out @xlvrbk ‘s piece for @artdubai 2021. The Sower is an audiovisual magic more...

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Sven Loven, a Swedish artist based in New York is joining us for @artdubai this year. 

“His often allegorical artworks explores how image making relates to language and how language or modes of communication inform the way images are created. Using image sources spanning from historical beginnings through to the things of today, this amalgamation of personal interests; philosophical perspectives; and mass information brings forth the conflict of ideas infiltrating thought spaces and everyday experiences. Whilst Loven's paintings make clear the complexity of these pervasive elements, his work also demonstrates that—through the use of commonplace symbols, figures, and gestures—the capacity to express intangible concepts is not out of reach.”
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Sven Loven, a Swedish artist based in New York is joining us for @artdubai this more...

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This year at @artdubai we’re presenting Somnath Bhatt, an artist from Ahmedabad, India 🌼
Check out his piece Apparition. 

“𝒜𝓅𝓅𝒶𝓇𝒶𝓉𝒾𝑜𝓃 / ધારો કે…’ is twisted and in-between an overflow of digital texture revealing and concealing the figure and a childhood game of guessing. Tense visions of our psychosomatic and digital bodies.”

Made on the software Tinker Yonder. 
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This year at @artdubai we’re presenting Somnath Bhatt, an artist from Ahmedabad, more...

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Check out Petros Moris’ NFT piece Future Bestiary for @artdubai 2021. Check it out in our booth 😊
 
“Future Bestiary (Lion III - NFT) is part of a digital sculpture series dedicated to the entanglements between subterranean memory and the anthropogenic construct of the future. It can be projected on physical surfaces as a holographic ghost.”

“Petros Moris explores the dynamics between manifestations of memory and the processes that relate to the pending project of the future. This aesthetic inquiry looks at the stratifications of the material, technological and cultural environments, as well as the fateful interrelations between natural and social phenomena. His practice develops mainly through sculptural production and writing, as well as through a network of artistic, curatorial and publishing collaborations.” 
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Check out Petros Moris’ NFT piece Future Bestiary for @artdubai 2021. Check it out more...

Tropical Futures Institute

This year at @artdubai we’re presenting Unchalee Anantawat, an artist from Thailand 🌸

“Unchalee Anantawat’s practice can be seen as anti-aesthetic. While it is somehow rejecting traditional aesthetic sense, it is on the other hand developing its own unique way of visual composing. She has been working conceptually without proper plan to exercise her artistic freedom, the freedom that she doesn’t have to follow any particular process of working, yet to yield the unexpected outcome.
Humour and material are highly important to her works. Inspired by her perception of humour in human made objects which sometimes show weirdly and subtly malfunction or malformation, she tries to deliver those humorous moments with her works. Her usage of material is one of her vehicle to deliver the absurdity, she only selects the material that resonates with her humorously.”

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This year at @artdubai we’re presenting Unchalee Anantawat, an artist from more...

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This year, we have the pleasure of, once again, bringing in our resident artist @kris_ardena to AD21

Here is an excerpt with @kris_ardena from our @artdubai presentation back in 2019, Basahan. 

“Your work since moving back to the Philippines, is it about cultural reproduction of symbols, or are you aiming at producing new aesthetic/ symbols for the Philippines and the tropics? 

To claim a national identity as an artist is limiting and insular. My identity is more complex than that.
I am not interested in nationalism and other post-colonial identity binaries. We never expect that from Western-centric artists, why should we expect that an artist like me? Precisely because of my complex experience and identity, I am confident in exploring
the notion of tropicality based on observations and formulations in Philippine life because they are part of my everyday experiences, not because there is a nationalistic agenda behind it. My exploration starts from my own observations, a first-person perspective. The idea of the tropical is more than the Philippines because it permeates a much broader scope of study. It’s not a matter of having a utopian experience. As I mentioned twice before, it’s a matter of subjectivity of experiences that permeate, not necessarily in a rhizomatic pattern, but free-association.”
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