WAL(L)TZ

Lebanon Pavilion

 

For the edition of Abwab as part of Dubai Design Week 2019, designers have been invited to recreate the local classrooms of their cultures through the theme “ways of learning”. T SAKHI responds to this year’s theme for the Lebanon pavilion, with an interactive wall portraying the socio-political barriers in our society through a psychological and physiological journey for its visitors.

 

WAL(L)TZ focuses on transforming a wall into an activator of connection, sociability, and awareness. The pavilion is a linear configuration dominated by an omnipresent 15-meter wall, bursting with life and energy, through cracks, ‘loopholes’ and happenings to overcome barriers, and encourage audiences to connect and interact with one another through and in-spite of the wall. There are glaring paradoxes between the rigid nature of a wall and the animation of WAL(L)TZ, crafted in recycled foam, hinting to the resilience of the Lebanese society in the face of adversity. The visitor, turned performer, finds himself taking part in a choreographed protest, a reinterpreted “waltz” – one that reflects the voices rising against oppression in Lebanon – and globally – today.

Live Performance by Jadd Tank on November 12th 2019 at 5h30pm.

Materials | Recycled Foam

Dimensions | L 15 m, W 1.2 m 

Date of Completion | November 2019

Exhibitor | Abwab's Dubai Design Week 2019 @dubaidesignweek

Location | Dubai Design District (D3), UAE

Production | Dubai Design Week

Photos & Collages | T Sakhi

SHORT-FILM COMING SOON, Vol. IV of series, in collaboration with cinematographer and director Dei Al Ayoubi.