Postcards from Tatooine
A few weeks later Cedric Delsaux’s “The Dark Lens: Dubai Invasion” had it’s opening. I vas dubious. Yes, Dubai’s landscape lends itself to a skewing of perspective however this show was part of a trilogy of gruesomely butchered Star Wars/City Photoshop mashups posing R2 at a welding station in an unfinished skyscraper and docking the Millenium Falcon half-way up the freshly minted Titanic of a “superscraper”, the Burj Khalifa.
The only compelling image from “The Dark Lens” is of the above unfinished flyover – orange cones winking out of a morning fog as the shadow of an Imperial Walker stalks out of the gloom. It is a chilling picture. Maybe because it is a reminder of the vulnerability that comes with leaving the present unattended. Unfinished roadworks, the half-grown high rises and the rubble-filled parcels of reclaimed coastline are all symbols of the city’s neglect for ‘now’ and how the frightening spectre of a wobbly bipedal wrecking-machine with laser guns could come trenching through our today at any moment.
PS Red riding burg3s will be obligatory during my reign as the Emirah of Mos Eisley Spaceport.