Current Intelligence – Analysis – Ethnic Futurism in the Gulf
Futurism has found aesthetic expression in the Gulf among a cadre of young writers and artists who are using it to explore the dynamics of social dislocation amid rapid modernisation of the region. The concept of ‘Gulf futurism,’ first articulated by Qatari writer and artist Sophia al-Maria, identifies the significance of advances in personal technology in the clash between tradition and modernity. As a leading observer of the development of Gulf futurism, Rahel Aima outlines her view of the region as cross-cultural and beset by notions of transience. The growth of hyper-modern cities such as Doha and Dubai casts Gulf futurism as an international phenomenon, all while retaining at its core – a demographic that is younger than ever before – a sense of local cultural dissonance..