Maraya is designed to engage you along the seawall walkways and urban spaces in Vancouver, Dubai, and beyond.
Start What is this?
Maraya is a media art project created by three Vancouver-based artists and educators fascinated by the uncanny resemblance between Vancouver's False Creek and the Dubai Marina in the UAE. Since 2007, they have researched and documented the phenomenal movement of architects, urban planners and development between these two very different yet similar and interconnected places. This online platform invites you to interact with a database containing thousands of photographs and hours of video footage, many of which have been presented in exhibitions in Vancouver and Dubai. The aim is to provoke discussion and consideration of how built environments are planned and activated through complementary lectures, walking tours and discussions. Wander through the Maraya website as you might stroll along the seawall, walk along a path built by one of our community of builders, or create your own.
Learn Quick tutorial
Click on the link above to learn how to create your own "path" by choosing, combining, stretching and overlapping photos and videos from our online database. In Paths mode, choose to 'take a walk' or 'make a walk'. Taking a walk shows you the view from someone else's walk. Making a walk lets you choose from a flow of images and video in the stream. When you sign into Maraya using your own Facebook account, Maraya asks if you'd like to contribute to the stream. You choose which of your own photos and videos become a part of the Maraya project.
About Our Partners
Centre A, with the support of the Canada Interactive Fund at the Department of Canadian Heritage, is proud to present the Maraya online platform as a special commission. This website invites you to engage with the large scope of Maraya artworks, research documents and discussions, and to contribute your own. The Maraya project has also received generous support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research of Canada and the British Columbia Arts Council. Through online participation, Maraya is designed to develop experimental models of interactive and collective art-making.