With the world moving into temporary stasis in a bid to combat the spread of Covid-19, it’s been interesting to see how quickly people have offered digital paths for the continuation of life as we know it. And we’re not just talking about the avalanche of self-isolation gifs on social media – although they are, admittedly, very good. No, we’re talking culture, obviously. Earlier this week GQ gave you five museums you can tour virtually from the comfort of your own home. From today you can do the same from Dubai’s own art hub, too, with the launch of alserkal.online.
From 7pm on March 23, you can log on to the site and get stuck in by discovering new exhibitions and shows as well as meeting the artists, minds, and makers from the Alserkal Avenue community. Log on to learn something new, see what’s happening or just simply to break the cycle of another episode of Peep Show on Netflix.
Visitors to the site can check out the exhibitions through 360-views of each space, accompanied by a video from the gallerist, information about the artist, and links to more information on Artsy, Alserkal Art Week Online’s partners.
In 12 years, Alserkal Avenue has become a genuine cultural hub for Dubai, and not just because of the galleries and performances you can find here. This small street in Al Quoz has really flourished, particulary in the past five years, and is now home to places such as Cinema Akil, Crank Fit, sneaker store The Good Life and Dubai’s only real vinyl store, The flip Side.
While you might not be able to make your regular visit here for the moment, it’s good to know you can still get your fix one way or the other.
And if you thought, well, Alserkal is kinda small, there can’t be that much going on, then think again. Here’s a list of what you’re going to be able to take a digital look at...
1x1 Gallery - Tapestries of Fading Gardens (Group show)
Alserkal Arts Foundation - New Waves: Mohamed Melehi and the Casablanca Art School Archives
Carbon 12 - Andre Butzer
Elmarsa Gallery - Nuances of black and white
Grey Noise - Nocturnes. Michael John Whelan
Gulf Photo Plus - All What I Want is Life
JPNF - Building Bauhaus
Lawrie Shabibi - Upsurge: Waves, Colour and Illusion (Group show)
Leila Heller Gallery - (three shows): Francesca Pasquali, Material Anatomy. Melis Buyruk: Habitat. Abdel Qader Al Rais: Nuqta: The Diacritic.
Showcase - Between me and the stone
SVENM - Jupiter Today
The Third Line - (two shows): There is Fiction in the Space Between (Group show). Sahwa, Lamya Gargash
Zawyeh Gallery - Palestinian Art: Resilience & Inspiration (Group show)