Dubai Culture hosts workshop by Venetian artist, Fabrizio Plessi for Zayed University students

Published November 25th, 2010 - 09:21 GMT

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), dedicated to promoting heritage, culture and the arts in the Emirate of Dubai, has pioneered an educational initiative aimed at strengthening awareness of video art installations among Emirati art students.

Dubai Culture initiated a workshop by world renowned artist Fabrizio Plessi for art students at Zayed University recently, to enhance their knowledge on video art installation. The three-hour workshop discussed various elements of video art installation, and provided them with a hands-on practical on designing art installations.

Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: "The global art scene continues to witness remarkable changes, with new mediums and artforms being introduced. Video installations are still a relatively new phenomenon to the region, and we are delighted to host Fabrizio Plessi for the workshop, to facilitate the sharing of his artistic knowledge and techniques with our student community. We hope the training will inspire talented youngsters to push their frontiers of creativity and experiment with new media, and in turn, contribute to Dubai's cultural scene."

Plessi discussed his latest masterpiece, Mari Verticalli, showcased at the last leg of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Cup, being held in Dubai until November 26. The artist's impressive pieces are displayed in front of Burj Khalifa. The creation narrates the story of the 12 seas, which are enhanced through digital, high-definition screens that symbolise the flow of life. He invited 12 students to examine Mari Verticalli and recreate it as part of the workshop.

Plessi is a pioneer in the video art world, creating installations with videos as early as 1982. His most noted attempt was to divide a lake into two and to bore holes in the surface of the water. His repertoire of extraordinary creations include Electronic Water for the Sony Centre in Berlin; Waterfire at the Museo Correr on St. Mark's Square in Venice; and the set for Luciano Pavarotti's outdoor concert in Central Park, New York.

Dubai Culture collaborates with like-minded organisations and individuals to further promote the the knowledge and use of different art forms and encourage original content creation in Dubai. The organisation recently conducted workshops on the different aspects of theatre at the fourth Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre, and partnered with Bidoun Projects to educate aspiring writers and enthusiasts on professional art criticism. 

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