Dawood’s work for the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, shown at Art Dubai this year, recreated Brion Gysin’s “Dream Machines”, originally designed in 1960s Tangiers to induce lucid dreaming in the viewer.
His latest project, Piercing Brightness, continues exploration in this vein.
‘The premise is that aliens landed in Preston centuries ago with the mission to learn the ways of human civilisation from its inhabitants. Shifting shape to blend in, the aliens – with the passage of time, eras and, we might imagine, the advent of social networking – slowly forgot their mission over the course of several lifetimes.’
Dawood ‘sees Piercing Brightness as a meditation on the very nature of how we, as humans, believe. From organised faiths to UFO phenomena, Dawood presents us with characters in the process of having “the ground beneath them shake”. As each grapples with the sudden invasion of an interstellar reality, the movie takes us through their realisations, often a refusal to accept, and a shared horror before the uncertain road ahead.’
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