Overview

Taking inspiration from the surge of digital interactions during the pandemic, Watch and Chill is an online platform for video art and other media technology-based works. In tandem with the online offerings, Watch and Chill further experiments with synching online experiences with in-person engagements through a travelling exhibition and screening.

This three-year project initiated by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA), invites art institutions around the globe every year to feature works from their collections and communities. Its first edition took place in 2021 in collaboration with M+, Hong Kong, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, and MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai. Sharjah Art Foundation and ArkDes, Sweden's National Centre for Architecture and Design, are partnering with MMCA for the second edition of Watch and Chill.

Titled Streaming Senses, this edition of Watch and Chill brings together 22 works, including six selected by the Foundation, which respond to the technological environment and its ramifications on human perception and social interactions. From challenges to the visual language of popular media, seen in Sharif Waked’s To Be Continued… (2009) and Maha Maamoun’s Domestic Tourism II (2008), to explorations into the world beyond human observation, as shown in Jenna Sutela’s nimiia cétiï (2018) and Ahmad Ghossein’s The Fourth Stage (2015), a wide selection of video works will be available on a web platform until the end of 2022.

The partnering institutions will each present physical presentations of the online project, incorporating a larger selection of works and programmes. The screening at the Foundation will take place from 2 September to 11 December 2022 in Gallery 5, Al Mureijah Art Spaces.

Watch & Chill 2.0: Streaming Senses is curated by Jihoi Lee, Curator of Architecture, Installation and Sculpture, MMCA; James Taylor-Foster, Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Design, ArkDes; and Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation.