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Ibraaz Talks: Art Dubai 2013

Guy Mannes-Abbott: On Drones

004 / 22 April 2013

This March, Ibraaz launched its public programme in partnership with Art Dubai. Dubbed Ibraaz Talks, this is a series of specially curated conversations with artists, curators and writers at Art Dubai. Each participant was invited to respond to a particular issue or keyword that they felt in some way addressed formal and conceptual issues affecting contemporary visual culture. In this discussion between Omar Kholeif and Guy Mannes-Abott, the impact of drone warfare is explored through the imagining of a drone as a subjective being capable of feeling the world, as explored in the writing of Mannes-Abott.



Guy Mannes-Abbott is a writer, essayist and critic who lives and works in London. He is the author of a singular series of texts - poems, stories, aphorisms - called e.things, which have been exhibited, published and performed alongside the work of leading British artists as well as sporing artists' videos, since 1997. In Ramallah, Running is the longest and latest in this series of texts and projects. Mannes-Abbott collaborated with Bombay-based collective CAMP on a film called The Country of the Blind, and Other Stories for the Folkestone Triennial 2011, as well as, for example, written catalogue essays on visual art. He has been a tutor in architectural theory at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, and is published in specialist journals. Critical journalism spanning literature and visual art has appeared in the New Statesman, The Guardian, Harpers & Queen, Bidoun and The Independent. Recent publications include; Translated By (Ed. Arsène-Henry and Basar), and an Introduction to Mourid Barghouti's Midnight and Other Poems. A novel that takes place between the Arabian and Baltic Seas is forthcoming.

About the author

Omar Kholeif

Omar Kholeif is a curator, writer, editor and sometime producer. He is the Manilow Senior Curator at the MCA Chicago. Previously he was Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, Senior Visiting Curator at Cornerhouse and HOME, Manchester and Senior Editor at Ibraaz. The author of over a dozen books, he also writes widely for the international press and was a founding editor of Portal 9, an Arabic-English journal of urbanism and architecture. His publications include, Vision, Memory and Media (2010),  Far and Wide: Nam June Paik (2013), You Are Here: Art After the Internet (2014), Jeddah Childhood circa 1994 (2014), Before History (2015), Two Days After Forever: A Reader (2015) and Moving Image (2015). Follow Omar on Twitter: @everythingOK.