Warehouse Project, 2016

Wholesale goods, warehouse 82 (3444 sq. B.)
Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
14 March – 11 June, 2016
Commissioned by Alserkal Avenue

For Warehouse project, Vikram Divecha has, as part and for the duration of his concept, bartered possession of real estate at Alserkal Avenue with a general trading company requiring storage facilities, without relinquishing the warehouse’s intended function as an art space. In exchange, the trader has allowed their goods and activities to be exhibited from 14 March – 11 June 2016.

Divecha facilitated the exchange by brokering an arrangement between Alserkal Avenue and the general trading company for up to a four-month period. The arrangement, in effect, diverts the flow of these commodities through the Warehouse Project, turning it into a spatial node in the global economy of capital circulation. While serving as a temporary storage space, the warehouse itself also transforms into a situation that conflates art, commerce and commodities. The site of exchange becomes one of intersection. The market replaces the artist and becomes a visible hand that sculpts the form and volume of stock. The situation reframes the towers of cartons as fluctuating sculptures, as a fax or phone call could quickly reconfigure them.

The situation is initiated when shipments of toys (Zippy, Hello Kitty, Little Tikes, i-Que Intelligent Robot, etc.), arrive from China. At unpredictable times these goods, each with their own stock-keeping unit (SKU), will move through various nodes, to be distributed across the GCC. Before they are delivered to their ultimate destination, their brief stay at Warehouse project reveals their alternative potential - to step out as art. Located within two circuits of reality, the goods are consumed by an art audience, whilst remaining concealed as standardized units. This instantly accrued surplus ‘art’ value is subtracted the moment they are pushed further to feed another consumption cycle.

The situation is isomorphic. Warehouse 82, set among vibrant galleries in Dubai, exhibits itself as one multivalent unit among many others. Alserkal Avenue acts as the mechanism of that transformation. Real estate, art and commodities become equivalent containers in this neighbourhood, as capital makes no distinction between the modifiers ‘cultural’ and ‘economic’. We are surrounded by a broader assortment of SKUs, each one registering the Avenue’s own transition from industrial to cultural. As spectators, moving in and out, we participate in this situation, witnessing the performance of capital.

• Warehouse 82 has been made available to Atiq Liusie General Trading from 24 February to 26 June, 2016

• As part of the Warehouse project Atiq Liusie General Trading is free to move goods in and out at anytime during the above stated period

Warehouse project was made possible with support from: Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Vilma Jurkute, Aquamarina Adonopoulou, Luay Al Derazi, Feras A[awna, Victoria Lelandais, Fiza Akram, Sayed Makhdoom, Stephen Kigoye and Alserkal Avenue team. Alywin Liusie, Laurent Lapietra, Sanju Rajan, Mohamad Latif and Atiq Liusie General Trading team. Tairone Bastien, Debra Levine, Murtaza Vali, Kevin Jones, Neha Vora, Gayatri Gopinath, and Shaina Anand. The Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship, Tashkeel and Campus Art Dubai. Pradeep Kumar, Jaisurya Kurup, Haresh Chugani (Molden Trading), Ammar Sorathia (Pronto Trading), Shankar Bhagchandani (Al Taqdeer Al Rafia), Nadeem Mukadam (M.H. Enterprises), Ajay Krishnan (Consolidated Shipping Group), Suku Sudhakaran (VAG shipping), Baber Jahangir (Fakhruddin Trading), Bose Cherian (Bismi Trading)

Goods being moved out Warehouse 82, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Goods being moved out
Warehouse 82, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Visitors Warehouse 82, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Warehouse 82, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

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