Deadline: March 4th, 2015

The 2015 Global Art Forum features the launch of a two-year partnership with 89plus, the long-term, international, multi-platform research project co-founded by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist, investigating the generation of innovators born in or after 1989.

The year 1989 saw the introduction of the World Wide Web and the beginning of the universal availability of the Internet. Positing a relationship between these world-changing events and creative production at large, 89plus introduces the work of some of this generation’s most inspiring protagonists. Workshops, interviews and a presentation at Art Dubai 2015 are geared towards developing a collaborative project – the first in the region – to be presented at Art Dubai 2016.

Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets are joined at Art Dubai by artist and 89plus collaborator Abdullah Al Mutairi; they lead a series of closed interviews and workshops (on March 18-19) with creative/cultural protagonists, with the aim of working up ideas and points of discussion that feed into the plans for March 2016. 89plus Dubai is the first presentation in the Middle East/South Asia region.

Hans Ulrich, Simon and Abdullah also deliver a presentation and discussion on 89plus, at the Global Art Forum, Friday March 20, 6-7.30pm open to the public.


The workshops and interviews scheduled at Art Dubai 2015 are for a limited number (10-15) of participants based in the GCC and mainly focuses on innovators in art, design, publishing, and creativity in general. There may be additional opportunities for participation post-March 2015.

To apply, return this form by 4 March 2015 with 89PLUS ART DUBAI 2015 in the subject line to


Abdullah Al-Mutairi (b.1990 – Kuwait) is a Kuwaiti artist based in New York. He has exhibited at Art Dubai, UAE; Mathaf, Qatar; The Serpentine Gallery, UK; and contributed to Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets ongoing digital natives project 89plus. Al-Mutairi is also a member of the GCC collective, whose work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, Fridericianum, New Museum and the Sultan Gallery, among other institutions.

Simon Castets is the Director and Curator of Swiss Institute, New York. Along with Hans Ulrich Obrist, he is the co-founder of the research project 89plus, which investigates the generation of artists born with the introduction of the World Wide Web. He holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University, New York and a MA in Cultural Management from Sciences Po, Paris.

Hans Ulrich Obrist is Co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris. Since his first show “World Soup” (The Kitchen Show) in 1991 he has curated more than 250 shows.