Empire II is the sequel to Andy's Warhol Empire film. On Saturday 25 July 1964 (46 years ago) Andy Warhol and Jonas Mekas filmed the movie Empire. Empire is a silent, black and white film that lacks a traditional narrative or characters. The passage from daylight to darkness becomes the film's narrative, while the protagonist is the iconic building that was (and is again) the tallest in New York City. Empire II is the continuation of the Andy Warhol work: creation of non-media as media, film as non-film. The film was shot on July 27th, 2010 by Andre Orione, David Payton and Lohra Ydna and presents Burj Khalifa (aka Burj Dubai) from 6.35 pm till 12.02 am that very day.

Featured Artists: This Cloud is Fake, Sho Ching, Andre Orione, David Payton, Ahmed Al Ali





Brusselssprout #2, “Renovating dreamlands”, Dubai Manifesto 2/3

Brusselssprout presents a Film and a Book, the sequels to Andy Warhol’s Empire (1964) and Rem Koolhaas’s Delirious New York (1978) respectively. Works that are essential to understanding the complexity of the twentieth century and its impact on the formation of the Cloud in which we’ve been immersed since the beginning of the XXI century (2001-2008).

This Cloud is Fake is the guest editor on this issue and presents us (through the use of obsolete media, object Book and object Film), two tools of fantasy and myth, capable of regenerating the beaten prairies of Dreamlands and Ghotic Malibu. Sprinklers don’t sound the same any more.

The tools used by Galaxy Gutenberg and Galaxy Lumiere as lighthouses to make out shadows in the Cloud, which won’t let us choose where to stop because, from now on we can stop anywhere, everywhere and nowhere, and because to create our own images we lack forms, values and distances.