The MENASA Studio Dispatches

Change our path
2011, 5′

‘They’ took the wrong path in ‘globalization’. Instead of making things better and connected they forced to make it similar and disoriented.


16 March—19 March 2011
The MENASA Studio Dispatches are a series of over 50 five-minute audio works, commissioned by The Island and Art Dubai Projects, by artists working across the North Africa, Middle East and South Asia regions.

Each dispatch reflects the artists’ current work and they range in form from spoken word and music to abstract sound collage. As well as creating a living archive of artistic practice across the region, the dispatches interrogate the contemporary notion of the ‘studio’ and the accelerated expansion of related technologies over recent years, which have transformed the way in which knowledge is produced and disseminated.

The MENASA Studio Dispatches is the second edition of The Island’s Studio Dispatches Project. It was presented at Art Dubai Projects at Art Dubai, 16-19 March 2011.

A selection of dispatches was presented on Dubai Eye 103.8 between 14-19 March and the entire project will be serialised on Art International Radio over the coming weeks.

This project was made possible with the kind support of the British Council, DubaiEye and Art International Radio and with the generous assistance of ArtSchoolPalestine, Ashkal Alwan, Darb 1718, Delfina Foundation, Green Cardamom, KHOJ and Vasl Artist’s Collective.