Tea with Culture podcast

Tea with Culture

Tea with Culture

Interviews and discussions about art and culture in the United Arab Emirates and beyond. Founded in 2015. Presented by Hind Mezaina and Wael Hattar. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @teawithculture Email: teawithculture@gmail.com

103 Episódios

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    Interview With Todd Reisz


    Architect and writer Todd Reisz joins Hind Mezaina for a discussion about his book Showpiece City: How Architecture Made Dubai and his exhibition Off Centre / On Stage that is accompanied by a book with the same title at Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai. You can find Showpiece City: How Architecture Made Dubai on https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=29960 and most other online bookshops. Information about Off Centre / On Stage exhibition at Jameel Arts Centre can be found on https://jameelartscentre.org/whats-on/off-centre-on-stage/. The exhibition is on until March 21, 2022. The book Off Centre / On Stage was designed and published by Khatt Books and available to order online on https://www.khattbooks.com/shop/off-center-on-stage/ If you are in Dubai, you can find both books at Jameel Arts Centre and also online at https://shop.artjameel.org, plus Kinokinuya and Gulf Photo Plus. Todd Reisz is an architect and writer living in Amsterdam. His work examines the global practice of architecture, specifically how the architect circulates technologies and cultural narratives. In addition to the two books about Dubai, he also co-edited Building Sharjah (https://www.ribabooks.com/building-sharjah_9783035622768#), an archival investigation of Sharjah's vanishing twentieth-century landscape and includes a selection of essays and images from several contributors. You can find more of Todd's writings and subscribe to his newsletter on http://www.toddreisz.com and follow him on https://twitter.com/ToddReisz.
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    Interview with A S Hamrah


    Film critic A.S. Harmah joins Hind Mezaina for a conversation about his book The Earth Dies Streaming. A.S. Hamrah is a writer living in Brooklyn. He contributed a column on film to n+1 from 2008 to 2019, and his essays and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, Bookforum, Cineaste, and other publications. His first book, The Earth Dies Streaming: Film Writing, 2002–2018, was published by n+1 Books in 2018. Episode Notes: The first half of the discussion is about the state of film criticism, the current the debate about streaming, their impact on movie theatres, and film studios as hyper capitalist entities. From the 42nd minute onwards the discussion is focused on the book, including the following chapters and filmmakers: - Alien Land - The Grapes of Wrath - Jessica Biel's Hand - Chantal Akerman - Stanley Kubrick Other films/filmmakers/topics mentioned / discussed in this episode include: Outbreak, Contagion, Nomadland (Chloe Zhao), Hillbilly Elegy (Ron Howard), The Irishman (Martin Scorsese), Il Cinema Ritrovato and the roles of film festivals in general (especially during the pandemic), Links discussed in this episode: 2021 Will Launch the Platinum Age of Piracy www.wired.com/preview/story/5fd2…56e34070c4339bc27c Oedipal Multiplex https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/oedipal-multiplex-1.602016 Links related to the book: Book intro, Remember Me On This Computer nplusonemag.com/online-only/onlin…on-this-computer/ n+1 Bookstore shop.nplusonemag.com/products/the-e…-by-a-s-hamrah Where to find A S Hamrah: thebaffler.com/authors/a-s-hamrah twitter.com/hamrahrama www.instagram.com/hamrahrama
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    Athr Gallery


    In this episode Wael Hattar interviews Alia Fattouh from Athr Gallery, one of the leading galleries in Saudi Arabia, where they discuss the 11 years since it's establishment, covering the beginnings of Athr gallery in parallel with the development of the art scene in the region. With the recent cultural expansion in the Gulf and Saudi Arabia, Athr had to shift and develop with that, and the conversation went into the interaction with a young generation, how Athr are growing their new artists and the scene, and getting into new projects now that the Saudi Art Council has been set up, and starting up their own residency program and micro grants. You can find out more through their links as mentioned in the interview https://www.athrart.com/ www.maaneditions.com/ www.thesaudiartcouncil.org/ instagram.com/athrart/ twitter.com/athrart facebook.com/AthrArtGallery
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    Interview with Maryam Wissam Al Dabbagh


    Hind Mezaina invited Maryam Wissam Dabbagh for a conversation about her project currently on exhibit at Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai, part of its ongoing Library Circles series. The commissioned project reflects on the conversations around belonging and revisiting relationships with our cities, topics  many of us around the world have been thinking about since the pandemic started and apt themes themes to discuss for our 100th episode. About the Library Circles commissioned project: Library Circles feature research, talks and experimental interventions by UAE practitioners in the Jameel Library and Jameel Arts Centre. The programme explores alternative research methodologies and representations with a focus on ‘thinking in public’. For the fall iteration of Library Circles, Jameel Library presents an audio piece by writer and researcher Maryam Wissam Al Dabbagh. The commissioned work reflects on the conversations around belonging; revisiting relationships with our cities through bureaucracy, administration and the long-prophesied age of retirement. Through personal narratives, Al Dabbagh examines complex round histories that continue to reimagine their beginnings and abruptly ending. Accompanying the audio piece is a text installation. Meant for slow reading and chance encounters, the writing starts from the library and grows outwards across various spaces throughout the Jameel Arts Centre. About Maryam Wissam Al Dabbagh: Born and raised in the UAE, Maryam Wissam Al Dabbagh is an Iraqi writer, researcher, and cultural communications consultant. She received a BA in Journalism, from the American University of Sharjah, and an MA in Global Media and Post-National Communications from SOAS, London. Her research is focused on the Arab Diaspora in the Gulf, and exile, especially through the lens of belonging and return. Library Circles: Maryam Wissam Al Dabbagh is on until 31 December 2020. https://jameelartscentre.org/whats-on/library-circles-maryam-al-dabbagh/
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    Warehouse 421: Art And Artists In Times Of Disruption


    This episode was recorded on 22nd March 2020, a few weeks into the significant changes felt all around the world caused by the Coronavirus. Tea with Culture's Hind Mezaina was invited by Warehouse 421, an arts and design centre based in Abu Dhabi that hosts exhibitions and public programmes, to moderate a discussion for their new podcast "Warehouse 421 Conversations". You can listen to the discussion here, and thank you to Warehouse 421 for letting us share this episode with you, our listeners. Since March 14th, museums and cultural spaces across the UAE closed their doors for health and safety reasons due to the Coronavirus. It’s been a tough few weeks for all since that announcement and Warehouse 421 invited Tea with Culture to moderate a discussion about the impact of the current interruptions in the local art ecosystem and the various ways that livelihood in the arts can continue during times of disruption. Hind Mezaina was joined by artist and educator Zahra Jewanjee, Umer Butt, director of Grey Noise Gallery, and Kevin Jones, arts writer and consultant and founder of Juniper Mind to have this conversation. https://www.warehouse421.ae/en/ http://www.zjewanjee.com https://www.greynoise.org http://junipermind.com
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    A decade after City of Life and the state of filmmaking in the UAE


    Hind Mezaina sits with Faisal Salah, social media journalist at The National (https://twitter.com/EyesWOutAFais) and comic book artist Mohamed "Momo" Sheibani (https://twitter.com/momoarchive) to discuss Ali F Mostafa's film City of Life ten years after its premier at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2009. The discussion includes their thoughts about the film, the representation of Dubai in the film, the films and commercials made by Ali F Mostafa after City of Life and a look at other UAE films released during the past decade, the impact of the cancellation of Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival, and the challenges of developing and maintaining a film industry in the UAE. Other UAE films discussed in this episode: From A to B (Ali F Mostafa, 2014) The Worthy (Ali F Mostafa, 2016) Sea Shadow (Nawaf Janahi, 2011) A Fallible Girl (Conrad Clark, 2013) Djinn (Tobe Hooper, 2013) Zinzana (Majid Al Ansari, 2015) Hajwala: The Missing Engine (Ali Bin Matar, Ibrahim Bin Mohamed, 2016) Aerials (S.A. Zaidi, 2016) Only Men Go to the Grave (Abdulla Al Kaabi, 2016) Musk (Humaid Al-Suwaidi, 2018) You can rent/buy City of Life before on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ae/movie/city-of-life/id1093942053 You can read Hind Mezaina's review of City of Life here: https://www.theculturist.com/home/review-city-of-life-by-ali-f-mostafa.html You can read Hind Mezaina's interview with Abdulla Al Kaabi about Only Men Go to the Grave here: https://www.theculturist.com/home/interview-with-abdulla-al-kaabi-director-of-only-men-go-to-t.html
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    Le Mans '66 (Ford v Ferrari)and Car Culture in the UAE


    A spoiler filled discussion about James Mangold's latest film Le Mans '66 (Ford v Ferrari) between Hind Mezaina and a returning guest, motoring journalist Imtishan Giado(www.instagram.com/imthishan). The discussion moves on to car culture in the United Arab Emirates, including the one time Dubai Grand Prix from 1981, Dubai Rally, Dubai Police car fleet, and if motor racing in the United Arab Emirates is culturally accepted or relevant.
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    Interview with Samya Ayish about Arab Cinema in the UAE and Gulf Region


    In this episode Wael Hattar and Hind Mezaina sit with author and journalist Samya Ayish to discuss the state of Arab Cinema, specifically in the UAE and the Gulf region. The discussion includes film education; the role film festivals, especially the importance of Dubai International Film Festival (ended in 2018 after 14 years) for filmmakers, film enthusiasts and cinephiles; the calibre of film critique, film journalism and film discussions on social media in the region; lack of film marketing, short lived film screening initiatives. You can follow Samya Ayish on Twitter https://twitter.com/sayish. Films mentioned in this episode: Musk (dir. Humaid Alsuwaidi) Rashid and Rajab (dir. Mohammed Saeed Harib) Shabab Shayeb (dir. Yasir Al-Yasiri) Sea Shadow (dir. Nawaf Al Janahi) Al Mamar / The Passage (dir. Sherif Arafah) Fan of Amoory (dir. Salmeen AlMurry Amer) Leil Kharji / EXT. Night (dir. Ahmad Abdalla) Key venues to watch films in the UAE: - Multiplexes found across the UAE: Cine Royal Cinemas Cinema City Cinemax Cinemas Novo Cinemas Oscar Cinema Reel Cinemas Roxy Cinemas Star Cinemas Vox Cinema - Independently run cinemas + institutions/cultural spaces that screen films frequently: In Abu Dhabi Cinema Space, Manarat Saadiyat Korean Cultural Center Louvre Abu Dhabi NYUAD Arts Center Sorbonne University Warehouse 421 In Al Ain Al Ain Community Cinema In Dubai: Alliance Francaise Theatre Cinema Akil Dubai Opera Jameel Arts Centre thejamjar Warehouse Four In Sharjah Africa Hall, The Africa Institute, Sharjah Mirage Cinema, Sharjah Art Foundation
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    Panel Talk at Tashkeel: Art Critique in the UAE


    This episode is a recording of a talk titled Art Critique in the UAE which took place in Dubai on September 10th at Tashkeel. Thanks to Tashkeel for letting us share the talk with our listeners. About the talk: Can a Culture of Critique Exist in the UAE? Why has the UAE seemingly resisted the culture of critique? Who is contributing to changing the dynamic? Do we even need to think critically about contemporary art?  Can a Culture of Critique Exist in the UAE? Why has the UAE seemingly resisted the culture of critique? Who is contributing to changing the dynamic? Do we even need to think critically about contemporary art?  Moderated by Kevin Jones, arts writer, UAE Desk Editor for ArtAsiaPacific and founder of Juniper Mind, with a panel that included artists Afra Al Dhaheri and Rania Jishi, Umer Butt from Grey Noise Gallery, and Tea with Culture's Hind Mezaina. The discussion addressed the presumed barriers to critique in the UAE arts ecosystem, the blossoming opportunities to cultivate critique, and a speculative leap into the future of local critique. The panelists assessed the current state of “crit”—from burgeoning grassroots artist-run collectives to the complex feedback loop of the artist/gallerist tandem. They decoded the critical landscape today in the UAE—who are the critics, what influence do they wield—before imagining the stakes of a fully matured culture of critique—how would this be different from what exists elsewhere, what would be the uniquely UAE inflection? https://tashkeel.org http://junipermind.com https://www.afraaldhaheri.com https://www.greynoise.org
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    Interview with Rami Zeidan about Anghami


    Wael Hattar met with Rami Zeidan, the VP of Anghami and talked about the digital audio landscape in the Middle East and Anghami’s role in the region with its changing consumption habits. They also discussed Anghami's new direction on working with Podcasts and their insight on the types of shows that work, how consumption happens and how they support and push the content curators. We also talked about Rami's own experience with his Hip Hop podcast 7awwil. facebook.com/anghami.ae/ twitter.com/anghami instagram.com/anghami/ www.anghami.com https://play.anghami.com/album/5730967 www.7awwil.me

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