Dubai Colouring for Mindfulness is a publishing edition of two books that continues the work initiated by Brusselssprout to create a visual and graphic compilation of Dubai and its time. It documents cultural patterning, visual vocabularies and iconic grammar through two compendia of colouring drawings that summarise the unique characteristics of the city. The first book, about Old Dubai, is a magical journey through its past, culture and antique tradition, while the second book, about New Dubai, is a fantastic excursion across its recent achievement and the future of the city. Each book contains more than 60 sketches for colouring that visually create a catalogue of Dubai’s buildings, people, dress, transport, animals and more, in a similar order to that in which a visitor would experience the city. Mindfulness, in its fundamental essence, proposes paying attention consciously in the present moment in a non-judgemental manner. The books thus strive to grip the essence of present Dubai, documenting its attempts to maintain its past and traditions while creating a fascinating new future – all with the hope that our brains will eventually find relief from the very contemporary problem of having to constantly adapt to fast-happening events and maybe even uncover items that shed light on the question ‘What’s it all about?’.

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The managing, visualization and analysis tools of large amount of data available today, allows us (in the same way that the advances in projection methods meant to geographical maps) generate relational cartography able to bring some clarity to a practical problem of orienting ourselves on context. This dynamic Cartography project is a visual exploration of the Dubai Art World, distilling more than 2,600 nodes and 4,200 relationships, spanning from Galleries, Exhibitions, Fairs, Artists, Curators, Patrons and any kind of visual art event produced in U.A.E. since 2005.
 
Project presented during Global Art Forum_6, 'The Medium of Media', Art Dubai 2012.
 

To consider compiling an encyclopedia (of any kind) in post-Wikipedia times is an exercise in emotional withdrawal. From a position of bewilderment and confusion we choose to act by producing and employing another tool from the land of the naive and outdated, represented by encyclopedic work, devoid of all logic and meaning considering current cultural conditions and speed. What the first edition Dubai graphic and visual encyclopedia presents is a reality that acts as a counterpoint to all the excess of attempts to decipher and understand Dubai.

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Dubai graphic Encyclopedia