Exhibition | -162°C Trading Power

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Location: Workshop 3, Fire Station

Opening: 14th March, 2019 at 7pm

Exhibition will run until 22nd March, 2019

Gallery hours:

Saturday to Thursday: 9am – 7pm

Friday: 1:30pm - 7pm

At -162°C natural gas becomes liquid. Japan is the top LNG purchaser for Qatar. Although mostly economic, this unique agreement impacts culture, lifestyle, and geopolitics.

LNG might be odorless, colorless and almost weightless, but since the devastating 2011 tsunami, natural gas has had a tangible impact on Japanese transportation, commercial industry, and family homes. In Qatar, LNG has become the pillar of the national economy and wealth, plays a crucial role in the domestic and foreign policies, and is the catalyst for recent developments that have shaped the country in preparation for 2022.

This kinetic exhibition explores the significance of LNG relations between Japan and Qatar using 40 floating printers that source relevant text and images from the internet. The result is a choreographed performance of prints making information tangible.

The project is a collaboration between faculty and students at VCUarts Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, and Tokyo Metropolitan University’s AIIT. Originally exhibited at the W+K gallery in Tokyo, the 2nd edition will take place in Workshop 3 at the Fire Station in Doha Qatar, with the opening reception on March 14th, as part of the Tasmeem Art and Design Biennial. The exhibition runs through the 22nd of March.

Credits:

VCUarts Qatar: Maryam Al-Homaid, Levi Hammett, Michael Hersrud, Nathan Ross Davis, Simone Muscolino, George Paul, with contributions from Hind Al Saad, Sarah Elawad, Reham Mohamed, and Sophomore Graphic design students at VCUarts Qatar.

Texas A&M University in Qatar: Adam Cath

Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology, Tokyo Metropolitan University: Giovanni Innella and Junichi Kanebako

With support from:

VCUarts Qatar/Qatar Foundation Faculty Research Grant; The Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan; Tasmeem Doha, Qatar; Qatar Museums; Fire Station, Doha, Qatar; W+K+ Tokyo, Japan; Arakawa Tokyo, Japan.

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