Dubai’s Jameel Arts Centre reopens to the public

Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai’s contemporary art institution, has reopened.
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Updated 03 June 2020

Dubai’s Jameel Arts Centre reopens to the public

Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai’s contemporary art institution, has reopened its doors to visitors. Following its temporary closure on March 16, in support of the UAE’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, this decision comes in line with the announcement of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority of reopening museums in Dubai on June 1 in a phased manner.

While Jameel Arts Centre still offers ticketless, free access, under new guidelines visitors are asked to book a two-hour slot in advance of their visit, so as to monitor capacity and ensure a comfortable visit that keeps social distancing and hygiene a top priority. In accordance with the UAE regulations, visitors and staff are required to wear a face mask and have their temperatures checked before entering the center.

Jameel Arts Centre has set new gallery capacities, delineating the maximum number of visitors per room, monitored by security staff. All Jameel Arts Centre spaces are open to the public with the exception of the Jameel Library and the prayer rooms.

Where possible, the center’s current exhibitions have been extended, to allow audiences to experience the works through multiple visits over the coming months.

Art Jameel has launched precise, new exhibitions at this time, offering visitors fresh perspectives and points of discussion.

The newest iterations of the Artist’s Rooms series, from June 10 to Jan. 3, 2021, based on works in the Art Jameel Collection, focuses on three practitioners — Larissa Sansour, Taysir Batniji and Abu Hamdan — taking a particularly innovative and nuanced approach to urgent political debates.

Larissa Sansour represented Denmark at the 58th Venice Biennale with the highly acclaimed In Vitro, an Arabic-language sci-fi film set in Bethlehem during the aftermath of an eco-disaster; her show at Jameel Arts Centre includes the regional premiere of the film — an otherworldly reflection on memory, history, place and identity.

Taysir Batniji explores loss and memory in a series of inkless “drawings” etched onto paper, titled “To My Brother.” The profoundly moving and sensitive work is based on family photos of the Palestinian artist’s brother’s wedding and commemorates his tragic death during the 1987 intifada.

One of the four co-winners of the 2019 Turner Prize, Beirut- and Dubai-based artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Artist’s Room includes an audio-video installation titled “This Whole Time There Were No Landmines.” Comprising mobile phone-recorded footage and audio recordings from 2011, the work documents the “shouting valley” in the Golan Heights, Syria.

Signify expands UV-C disinfection portfolio to meet demand

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Signify expands UV-C disinfection portfolio to meet demand

Signify, a global professional and consumer lighting brand, is increasing its UV-C lighting production capacity and expanding its UV-C product portfolio. The company is leveraging more than 35 years of expertise in UV-C lighting to address the growing global need for the disinfection of air, surfaces and objects. 

“By increasing capacity and broadening the UV-C portfolio, Signify is helping keep people safe in a world that’s adjusting to a new normal,” the company said.

Its UV-C lighting is well-proven and trusted as an effective disinfectant. This was recently validated in a laboratory test by Boston University, showing that Signify’s UV-C light sources inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19 in a matter of seconds. This is crucial as it comes at a time when organizations are seeking ways to continue operations and provide service in a safe environment.

Signify’s new UV-C product range includes luminaires and chambers for a wide variety of professional applications. “We have introduced 12 families of UV-C lighting fixtures specifically designed to disinfect air, surfaces and objects. These products target different customer segments ranging from offices, schools, gyms, retail stores, warehouses, as well as on public transport,” said Harsh Chitale, leader of Signify’s Digital Solutions division. 

Part of the range are UV-C fixtures that are ideal for the deep disinfection of surfaces in offices, schools and restrooms. They are equipped with sensors and controls to ensure that they only operate when people and animals are not present. Other products include mobile, freestanding UV-C luminaires that can be wheeled into a hotel room or used to disinfect surfaces on public transport such as buses and trains. 

For the disinfection of objects, Signify launched a range of safe and quick-to-use UV-C disinfection chambers. These chambers are used in offices and municipal buildings to disinfect visitor tags, phones, bags, laptops and wallets in a matter of seconds. In stores they are ideal for disinfecting returned items, glasses or clothes tried on in a changing room. 

UV-C fixtures can also be used inside surface disinfection tunnels. In North America, a large retailer is piloting a UV-C tunnel for disinfecting shopping trolleys. In India, a hotel plans to use a Signify UV-C tunnel for disinfecting guests’ bags at check-in. 

To complement its portfolio, Signify recently acquired the assets of Germicidal Lamps & Applications (GLA), a small, Netherlands-based company with extensive expertise in UV-C disinfection solutions. The deal includes GLA’s upper-room UV-C air disinfection portfolio as well as deep application knowledge. 

“The assets and know-how acquired from GLA will help us to accelerate the development of our roadmap of UV-C based upper-room air disinfection systems. We plan to make these products available across the world soon,” said Paul Peeters, leader of Signify’s Digital Solutions Europe.

The upper-room air disinfection luminaires can be used with people in the room, as they are installed at a height which, in combination with shielding and optics, prevents exposure to the UV-C light source. Air in the upper part of the room is constantly disinfected using UV-C irradiation and natural convection of airflow in the room. This makes these perfect for use in schools, offices, gyms, retail outlets and other high-contact areas.