My Life
in the Metaverse

This year's Gateway exhibition, My Life in the Metaverse is curated by Dr. Omar Kholeif in-conversation with Turner-prize nominated artist, Heather Phillipson.


16 November 2022 - 22 January 2023

Manarat Al Saadiyat


Participating artists:

Sophia Al Maria, Cory Arcangel, Cream Projects, Simon Denny, Celia Hempton, Paul Heyer, Haroon Mirza, Farhad Moshiri, Trevor Paglen, Nam June Paik, Heather Phillipson, and Andy Warhol.

My Life in the Metaverse is the first visual arts exhibition in the UAE to explore the historical connections, legacies and influences of Web3 technologies on art today.

My Life in the Metaverse immerses audiences into the life and mind of a semi-fictional character called Dr. O. The exhibition, which explores the borders of fact and fiction, narrates the metaverse through the story of Dr. O—a mythical character who finds their life subsumed into the bizarre contours of the so-called ‘metaverse’.

Presenting a curated world from Dr. O's desktop, My Life in the Metaverse, presents the inner workings of this ecosphere, presenting the not-so-fictional potential of a universe, where ideas, images, opinions, and emotions are progressively shaped by the artifacts found in the seemingly intangible digital sphere. The exhibition offers viewers a gateway and a snapshot into all things ‘meta’ from the rise of Web3, i.e., NFTs, through to renewable energy, cryptocurrency, and the aesthetics of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Narrated collectively by a group of pioneering international artists, many of whom are presenting new artwork in Abu Dhabi, My Life in the Metaverse offers both a historical and contemporary dive into the shape of our collective future.

As part of the exhibition, visitors will also be invited to explore the first prototype of Dr. O’s Pop Shop: The Blockchain Edition, a concept store and living archive inspired by artist Keith Haring's Pop Shops of the 1980s and immersive retail experiences.



Talks Programme

Expanding the Metaverse Part 1

Thursday, 16 November 2022 | 16:00-16:45

Speakers: Kate Crawford (AI Specialist), and Trevor Paglen (Artist) in conversation with Dr. Omar Kholeif (Curator)


Expanding the Metaverse Part 2

Thursday, 17 November 2022 | 17:00-17:45

Speakers: Cream Projects: Ana Nicolaescu and Sebastian Tiew (Artists), Simon Denny (Artist), Paul Heyer (Artist) and moderated by Dr. Omar Kholeif (Curator)


Dr. Omar Kholeif

Dr. Omar Kholeif

Dr. Omar Kholeif