Dubai Jumeirah Gardens Villas & Estates Valley Hills
Who Gets Paid for Digital Labor?
Film Still. 8:32 minutes, 2019.
Off-plan real estate developments are only as powerful as their ability to make you dream. This video comprises found footage of animations taken from various speculative real estate projects that never got built. They exist solely in the liminal sphere of a utopian vision that never came.
Throughout the video, frames are broken-down and reconfigured, much like the working-class people and neighborhoods that are re-tooled for capital growth. These passages are rendered even more hypnotic with custom motion-graphics that multiply the image into complex Arabic geometries, helping the 10-year-old footage reclaim its power to seduce.
A collaborative work, cultural cartographer Ahmad Makia & urbanist Bhoomika Asvinkumar provide grounding for this exercise, taking turns lecturing and reading excerpts from their research on real estate and economic dynamics in the UAE.