Satellite is a multi-use studio and event space in Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. It is open Sat-Thurs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Open Source Arc // Mkuranga District Children’s Home// 1 Mar, 5 p.m.


OpenSource_ARC invites you to the public presentation and review of the first design phase of Mkuranga District Children’s Home and Primary School at Satellite on Saturday, March 1 at 5:00PM. This is the first phase of design as a result of a 3 month collaboration among 50 architects and designers in UAE to produce the concept and schematic design for an urban scale social project in Tanzania initiated and supported by Larchfield Charity Organization.

This collaboration is facilitated by OpenSource_ARC, a nonprofit creating platforms and programmes for like-minded design professionals to collaborate on goodwill projects by contributing skills, research, design services, knowledge and expertise.

The project is sponsored and supported by the Larchfield Charity Organization in Tanzania

This event is free and open to public

Saturday March 1, 17:00

email: opensourcearc@gmail.com 
phone: +971 55 805 7004 / +971 50 757 5648

RSVP/ Facebook event

TRIANGULATIONS // VERNACULARS //Translating Southeast Asian Literatures by Gioia Guerzoni // 13 Feb, 7:30 p.m.

This talk, delivered by Gioia Guerzoni, will explore the trends, problems, and challenges of creating literary exchange and debate within South East Asia, as well as the crucial role of translation.

Gioia Guerzoni is a translator currently based in Milan. She works as a consultant for the Italian publishing house Il Saggiatore and as fiction scout (SEA & Pacific) for the Barcelona-based Pontas International Literary Agency, and with the Asia Literary Review. She’s been recently appointed Chair of the Translation Committee of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators. 

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Triangulations is a new series of themed talks, which launched in January 2014 at Satellite, Dubai, UAE. Each cycle will consist of three talks, interrogating a different aspect of the theme.

The first theme/cycle is ‘Vernaculars,’ which builds on THE STATE’s broader inquiry into the tensions and complications of language. How much of culture is tied to language? How do you think or speak in one language, yet write in another? And what upholds the purity of a language?

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The first talk in the cycle was by Saqer Al Marri, on the languages of the Emirates. The second talk looked at language purification movements in Hindi, and was by Raja’a Khalid. 

contact: info@thestate.ae
phone: +971507552804

TRIANGULATIONS // VERNACULARS //Tracing the Urdu/ Hindi Conflict in 20th Century India by Raja’a Khalid // 28 Jan, 7:30 p.m.

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In this talk, Raja’a Khalid looks closely at language purification movements in pre-partition India, the racial and political divisions between Urdu and Hindi, and recent Sanskritization trends on Indian television.

Raja’a Khalid is a Dubai-based artist and writer, and a recent graduate of Cornell University’s MFA program. She is currently working on A Minor Histories Archive, her never-ending, Arcades Project-style archive of ‘modern documents’ concerning the contemporary histories of Iran, the Arabian Gulf and South Asia.

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Triangulations is a new series of themed talks, launching in January 2014 at Satellite, Dubai, UAE. Each cycle will consist of three talks, interrogating a different aspect of the theme.

The first theme/cycle is ‘Vernaculars,’ which builds on THE STATE’s broader inquiry into the tensions and complications of language. How much of culture is tied to language? How do you think or speak in one language, yet write in another? And what upholds the purity of a language?

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The first talk in the cycle was by Saqer Al Marri, on the languages of the Emirates. The last talk in this cycle will look at literature in South East Asia. For a full listing of the program, please click: http://bit.ly/1lGZQ8I

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contact: info@thestate.ae
phone: +971507552804
RSVP/ Facebook event

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TRIANGULATIONS // VERNACULARS // Languages that make the Emirates // 14 Jan, 7:30 p.m.

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Triangulations is a new series of themed talks, launching in January 2014 at Satellite, Dubai, UAE. Each cycle will consist of three talks, interrogating a different aspect of the theme. 

The first theme/cycle is ‘Vernaculars,’ which builds on THE STATE’s broader inquiry into the tensions and complications of language. How much of culture is tied to language? How do you think or speak in one language, yet write in another? And what upholds the purity of a language? 

The first talk from the cycle is Languages that Make the Emirates by Saqer Almarri on the 14th of February, 2014 at 7:30 pm: 

There’s a large number of languages spoken in the Emirates—Gulf Pidgin Arabic, 3jami languages, other Arabics, subcontinental languages, and the Colonial language among them. Spoken by both Emiratis and migrants at home, at work, with friends, and elsewhere, this talk will look at these languages and the history that brought them here. 

Saqer is a PhD student at Binghamton University. His main research interests are linguistics, history, and translation theory. He grew up in Dubai, UAE and currently spends much of his time between Dubai and Binghamton, NY. 

Upcoming talks will look at language purification movements in Hindi & Urdu, and literature in South East Asia. For a full listing of the program, please click here

contact: info@thestate.ae
phone: +971507552804
RSVP/ Facebook event

QUOZ HAPPENS 23.11.2013

November 23rd marked the second iteration of Al Quoz Happens, an area-wide celebration of cultural activity in Dubai.

We decided to do a little cleaning and re-vamping of the space. 

Satellite is currently shared between Versus art, an affordable online platform, and THE STATE, a publishing practice based out of Dubai, UAE. 

The space  also hosts a library and bookstore, and a regular program of events (talks/screenings). 

Here is a GIF of the recent makeover

ARCHIVE // Future Shorts, Autumn 2012 27.12.2012

November 27, 2012, Future Shorts: Global Pop-Up Film Festival (Autumn 2012)

Every three months, Future Shorts HQ in London puts together a feature-length programme of some of the best classic, cult and award-winning short films from around the world. From 1 October to 31 December 2012, the Autumn Programme will feature 5 short films and explore hope and despair in human life in the metropolis. Selected short programming includes: “A Brief History of John Baldessari”, from the directors of CATFISH and narrated by Tom Waits; “Rite” nominated for BAFTA Best Short Film and Winner of Sundance’s Short Filmaking Award; “The Black Balloon”, Winner of Special Jury Mention at Tribeca Film Festival; “Café Regular” and “Auf Der Strecke” winner of over 50 international awards.

ARCHIVE // Pecha Kucha Dubai 21.11.2014

Pecha Kucha Night - Dubai, 21.11.2014 @ Satellite


Originating in Japan, Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-chak-cha) is Japanese for “chit chat”. It is an international network of events spread over 537 cities across the world, from Amsterdam to Atlanta and San Francisco to Shanghai. In Dubai it takes place three to four times a year, providing the freedom to network and exchange ideas on any creative subject in an informal and open minded space. The presentations follow a 20x20 format, which allows each of the evening’s presenters to showcase 20 slides – each shown for exactly 20 seconds, totaling exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

For more information about Pecha Kucha go to: www.pecha-kucha.org/night/dubai or visit the Facebook Event Page.

ARCHIVE // Screening: A Fever Year 14.11.2012

Andrew Bird: FEVER YEAR | Feature-length concert documentary film screening (UAE Premiere) and Q&A with Director Xan Aranimage

Andrew Bird: FEVER YEAR (80min) | Feature-length concert documentary film screening (UAE Premiere) and Q&A with Director Xan Aranda

Satellite, Al Serkal | 7:30pm


Premiered at the New York Film Festival this year, and screened at 60 festivals since, Andrew Bird: FEVER YEAR has been described by The Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York as “a cunning hybrid of documentary and concert film.”

Filmed during culminating months of the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s most rigorous year of touring, Andrew Bird crosses the December finish line in his hometown of Chicago – feverish and on crutches from an onstage injury. Is he suffering hazards from chasing the ghost of inspiration? Or merely transforming into a different kind of animal “perfectly adapted to the music hall?” FEVER YEAR is the first to capture Bird’s precarious multi-instrumental looping technique and features live performances at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater with collaborators Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Michael Lewis and Annie Clark of St. Vincent.

* WINNER *

* Jury Prize, Best Documentary Feature; Omaha Film Festival 2012
* Audience Award, Noise Pop Film Festival 2012
* Best Documentary Feature; SENE Film, Music, & Arts Festival 2012
* Best Popular Culture Documentary; Documentary Edge Festival 2012

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AndrewBirdFeverYear
Twitter: @AndrewBird_FYR & @XanAranda
www.FeverYear.com