The interactive installation is in Barsha Pond Park for the public to enjoy until March 12 #PopUpPianoUAE
Flow Piano is a site-specific interactive installation by Dubai based artist Majid Alyousef, curated by Noor Aldabbagh. Situated for two months at the Barsha Pond Park in Dubai, the installation draws and connects various creative capacities across disciplines, setting off a series of social interactions and movement around the piano, close to the fenced off depths of the pond. The installation and collective performance around it trace and unfold various forms of flow in music, Arabic calligraphy, popular culture, commerce, technology, and nature. These unfolding flow forms juxtapose and intertwine, in the process reflecting and highlighting their connections, contrasts and latent potentialities.
For eight weeks, Flow Piano offers opportunities for spontaneous creative encounters between the Dubai public with a single piano in the park, which can then transform into a self-conscious online documentation of experience as part of the global “pop up piano” phenomenon. Park goers are directed to record their personal moments with the piano, and upload them into a stream of social media content using the hashtag #PopUpPianoUAE. Fleeting memories with the piano pour into a digital sphere, where they reverberate to the global community in an online conversation.
The collaborators on the project are all Dubai based talents who wished to engage with the community. Known for his unique style of fusing and East and West, Maan played a remixed version of the classic Egyptian love song Ahwak by Abul Halim Hafiz. Teeba Alkhudairi will present a flow arts performance interpreting the song using her hula-hoop. This creative collaboration is the first of its kind, and aims to make art available to the community at large through spontaneous interactions with the installation. Flow Piano marks Banafsajeel’s first project in Dubai, under its 2016 theme of Flow Forms. It was made possible through support from the Hammad family and in-kind support from Newfound Pianos. Thanks to Ripe Market for hosting Dubai’s performance in the park.