In the 1970s, an iconic image of the Earth taken from the Apollo 17 space shuttle became a symbol of environmentalism. In fact, many astronauts who see the Earth floating in the vastness of space experience what has been termed “the overview effect”: a mental shift of perception, a newly found awareness of how vulnerable and fragile life on our planet is. When they return to Earth, they feel compelled to commit themselves to a sustainable future. With City Gazing Riyadh, a tailor-made installation based on the city of Riyadh as seen in NASA satellite images, VOUW brings this feeling to the residents of Riyadh and gives an impression of the “footprint” of light that the city sends into space.
King Abdulaziz Historical Center
VOUW (est. 2017) is an Amsterdam-based design studio working at the crossroads of art, technology and design. VOUW is a pioneer in slowtech: design that slows people down to bring them together in the real world. Like a factory reset for the soul, the work of founders Mingus Vogel and Justus Bruns illuminates the human condition and opens the heart to the possibility of organic connection with other people and the planet. The studio’s creations have been exhibited worldwide and their work, Chairwave, was recognized in the Dezeen 2020 Awards for seating design.
Zaman Jassim (b. 1971) is a Saudi artist whose mixed media work features visually striking and evocative forms, often enriched by a variety of symbols, patterns and calligraphic signsSEE ARTIST
Suliman Alsalem (b. 1993) is a Saudi artist from Jeddah with a background in architecture. Al Salem’s work revolves around research and discovery in an attempt to reach a new understanding of the concept of the “state of being”, its image and the feeling that accompanies it.SEE ARTIST
Abdullah AlOthman (b. 1985) is an artist and a published contemporary poet born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. AlOthman’s artwork starts with a question concerning life, its cycles and its effect on his and others’ existence; “art is life” – art means living better.SEE ARTIST
Riyadh Art’s ten programs and two festivals turn the city into a creative canvas, bringing public art to the spaces where people travel, work and play.Explore Now
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