One way this move influenced our practice was that we incorporated the steel dining plates and cups, thali, common nearly exclusively to Indian and Pakistani homes both in the UAE. The thali is prevalent here in the UAE, on sale or in use in restaurants in every residential area where people of Indian and Pakistani origin reside.
of Japanese installation artist Yasuaki Onishi, in a private
performance. Onishi’s works, which we will be surrounded by, are
ephemeral, translucent forms that collapse when touched. The
installation is lit with a diffused glow that speaks of a warmth or a
presence just out of view, rendering them a quality in their materiality that is reminiscent of the lightness of Japanese shoji room dividers, translucent papers over frames and lattices of wood or bamboo.
glowing, forms are suspended with the most fragile filaments of black,
that are traces of the artist’s own gestures as he commitedly installs
his own works. They are placed in order to point to an organic
verticality, which takes on a pointed meaning in a city of skyscrapers
and we intend our performance to add to their presence, while they give
an unforgettable ambience to our work, symbiotically. In An UnMuted Serving, the thali bowls and dishes sing from a waist high table, to a room of people who are standing or seated. Traditionally in Indian, Pakistani Japanese homes all over the world, the thali are eaten from while seated on the floor, in some places with the hand.
There was a time, not long ago, when people of the Gulf too would dine seated on the floor, yet now very few homes keep up this practice or do so only on certain occasions.
than be performed on stage, should be at an accessible level on the
ground, making the stage a prop in our participation with the space. The
two storey buildings of Al Fahidi, made with local coral-cement and replete with wind towers, hark back
to a time when people of the Gulf too would dine seated on the floor;
only some homes now do or on certain occasions.
|Sikka16 is in Al Fahidi is on the creek, in the old part of Dubai
this way, the public squares within the Al Fahidi neighbourhood serve
as performance spaces for different acts that bring part and present
together, architecture and spoken word into a common realm, free for the
public to view.
Christopher Weaver and I play the steel dinnerware alongside a video that we created to reflect the above points of interest.