Everything you need to know about week one of Cairotronica Symposium

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 May 2016

A look into the first week of events in Cairotronica Electronic and New Media Arts Symposium, that will run until 15 May

(Photo: part of promotional material of Cairotronica )

Cairotronica is a symposium of electronic and new media arts that will feature 13 days of activities, exhibitions, talks, workshops and screenings by over 50 local, regional, international artists, academics and technology experts.

The first iteration of what is planned to be a biennial event, Cairotronica aims to act as a platform, catalyst and incubator.

Under the theme of ‘Connect,’ Cairotronica offers a space to connect disciplines, people, artists, designers, ideas and nations.

The gathering aims inspire, educate, and challenge students and audiences to exchange ideas, products and services as it brings people from different fields together to share, discuss, learn, talk, and work.

“The past will connect with the future, history will connect with the present, art will connect with technology and new media, tradition will connect with modernity, and Cairo will connect with the world,” Cairotonica website states.

The two week programme includes an exhibition from 3 to 9 May featuring works displayed at the Palace of Arts, public art, live performances and video arts screenings of experimental film and animation.

A three day conference, held from 5 to 7 May, will bring academics and artists from around the world to discuss Art and Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era, part of AUC’s The Consciousness Reframed series and held in cooperation with the Planetary Collegium, Plymouth University, UK.

A curated set of film screenings, performances and workshops will be distributed throughout the two weeks until 17 May, while a number of workshops on digital media will be led by local and international artists.

The first week of Cairotronica will feature performances by Dennis Doty, Craig Dongoski, Seth Riskin, as well as a talk by Goncalo F. Cradoso (Portugal) and Ruben Pater (Netherlands), and short films from 2014's IMPAKT festival


Tuesday, 3 May

Opening of Cairotronica Exhibition, running till 9 May

Performance: Projection Mapping by Dennis Doty
Palace of Arts

Performance: A Common Task (ACT) by Craig Dongoski
Palace of Arts

Wednesday, 4 May

10am – 4pm
Cairotronica conference
Falaki Theatre

Thursday 5 May

A Study in 21st century drone acoustics, by Goncalo F. Cradoso (Portugal) and Ruben Pater (Netherlands)
Falaki Theatre

Friday 6 May

Performance: Light Dance by Seth Riskin (USA)
Falaki Theatre

Saturday 7 May

Performance: Gate 11
Falaki Theatre

Short films: Soft Machines, 8 shorts from IMPAKT festival 2014,
Followed by Q&A with Arjon Dunnewind, Director of the Impakt Foundation and Director of IMPAKT Festival
Zawya Cinema

Palace of Arts, Cairo Opera grounds, Zamalek, Cairo
Falaki Theatre, 24 Falaki street, Downtown, Cairo
Zawya Cinema, Odeon Cinema, 4 Abdel-Hamid Said Street, off Talaat Harb Street, Downtown, Cairo

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