Artist Talk at Museum of Vancouver
Networked Urban Flows: Maraya = Reflection
Artist Talk with Reception.
Members Free | *doors open 6:00pm, talk at 6:30pm. $12 includes admission to feature exhibitions Art Deco Chic & Neon/Ugly Vancouver
Join the researchers and artists of the Maraya Project for an in-depth discussion of the inspiration, challenges, and aspirations that gave rise to their innovative media art installation. Taking its name from the Arabic word m’raya, meaning mirror, reflection, or mirage, Maraya uses network technology to create visual and conceptual links between Vancouver’s False Creek and the Dubai Marina.
Maraya explores the nexus of an emerging global geography and new forms of urban living. Taking its cue from the glass and steel residential towers that line the upscale urban waterfronts of Emaar’s Dubai Marina and Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver, this project focuses on the urban innovations that have become the cornerstone of new and rising economies, and it invites participants to reflect on their involvement in the creation of a new 21st century city.
Led by M. Simon Levin, Glen Lowry and Henry Tsang, Maraya’s creative team draws on expertise from artists, educators, scientists, theorists, urban planners and architects to provide unique opportunities for urbanites to share experiences and develop meaningful dialogue and cultural exchange around questions of global development and mobility. This dialogue-based project sets out a model for how cutting-edge technology combined with cutting-edge public art might come together to promote international, intercultural exchange.
The Maraya Project is on view in the MOV Studio from February 29 through May 20, 2012.