Art Jameel announces that Lebanese artist Nadim Choufi has received Art Jameel Commissions: Digital. Choufi’s winning proposal embraces the theme of smart cities and the time cycles that govern its foundations.
Launched earlier this year, Art Jameel Commissions: Digital invited artists to submit proposals through an online open call that attracted nearly 200 project submissions; winning work must be launched and exhibited online for at least six months in early 2021. The commission also offers a mentorship opportunity by technical experts from MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL).
Responding to this year’s theme of ‘time’ and reflecting on how the concept of time has been challenged by technology and circumstances, the commission offered artists the opportunity to rethink ‘digital art. And the ways in which he can question, investigate and form meaningful connections and experiences.
Choufi’s winning project, titled The Sky Swings Between Eternity and Its Immediate Consequences, digitally renders the environments of a space colony on Earth, where two narrators attempt to untie the perpetually promised possibilities by imagining the future and creating a multiple gift space to challenge the clock running the planet through their lived experiences. The work will debut online and will be accessible through the Art Jameel websites.
Choufi’s proposal was selected by an esteemed jury of experts which included: Nadim Samman, curator of the digital sphere at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Jenna Sutela, Finnish living media and sound artist; Ben Vickers, editor and chief technology officer at Serpentine Galleries, London; and members of the Art Jameel curatorial team.