UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — EMOTIONAL STATES AT LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE. Following the theme ‘Emotional States’, each design team had to develop a concept surrounding their given country.
Our concept ‘Time is Subjective’ elevates the UAE’s primary texture, desert sand, into the controllable element of passing time. Whilst time and the symbol of the hourglass is a universal measure, it can be an extremely individual speed depending on your emotional state.
The speed of change throughout the seven Emirates provides the primary inspiration for our installation. 7 Rows of 10 hourglasses appear suspended in mid-air within the vaulted mezzanine space. The 7 rows rotate in a wave as if supporting each other to push forward and depict the UAE in a constant state of motion. The number hourglasses also act as a monument to the most important decade in the UAE’s history. The ’70s marked its unification and its all-encompassing transformation.