Workshop
7 October 2022–9 October 2022

Festival X

Arts | Technology | Community

7 October 2022–9 October 2022 | Alserkal Avenue

Festival X is a novel platform operating at the intersection of Art, Science, and Technology, forming a community.

Starts 7 October 2022

Ends 9 October 2022

Venue Alserkal Avenue

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This year marks the inception of an annual event, which aims to promote this transdisciplinary concept by bringing together captivating minds combining all three domains in workshops, talks, performances and an exhibition. Festival X is intended to be an educative space that illustrates, discusses, and advances the potentials of cross-pollination between different artistic and scientific practices that hold important opportunities to shape our future. It is meant to present unconventional thoughts and strategies to initiate conversation and spark explorative curiosity – among stakeholders, experts, and interested visitors alike. A further central goal of this inaugural edition is to lay the foundation for a lasting and continuously evolving regional community in the field, which enables knowledge exchange, networking, and collaboration on both a national and international level. We are confident that conflating intellectual capacities through this platform will bring forth intriguing suggestions for global issues in the years to come. Hence, raising the awareness of local artists, scientists, tech experts, and innovators, who want to get involved, is particularly crucial for our endeavor.

Exhibition

Media art is a vital component for Festival X due to its incredible versatility and disruptive, forward-thinking force that carries the transgression of disciplines at its heart. Being a relatively new art form allows it the right amount of nimbleness and freedom to quickly incorporate latest societal as well as technological developments in its artistic practices. In the process, media art draws upon various areas of expertise, methodic skill sets, cultural influences, and modes of thinking to explore alternative viewpoints and uncover unexpected possibilities. As a laboratory for safe experimentation, it scrutinizes, envisions and probes our future in multiple ways, for example regarding the human relation with reality, technology, nature, or outer space. In this sense, it deserves to be called “the art of our time” that is deeply invested in helping to create a better, sustainable society.

The first exhibition of Festival X at the stunning Alserkal venue features several pieces of excellence by internationally renowned artists and serves an essential purpose: epitomizing the pioneering, galvanizing, and boundary crossing spirit of media art to give an inspiring impulse for the evolution of a community here in Dubai. The artworks were specifically selected with the aspiration to convey an idea of the immense diversity within the field on the one hand, and to emphasize the vast capabilities lying at the crossroads of Art, Science, and Technology on the other. Since education, transdisciplinarity, and knowledge transfer play a key role for the mission of Festival X, the exhibition will be accompanied by artist talks where visitors can learn more about their academic backgrounds, active research projects, and creative processes.

Doing nothing with ai

Emanuel Gollob

Rhize

Supraspectives

Supraspectives Quadrature

Schedule

Day One - 7 October


Workshops

Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Robots
Instructor: Amir Bastan; Creative Robotics Lab
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
10:00 - 12:00

From Sputnik to Starlink
Instructor: Sebastian Alexander Neitsch
Alserkal Avenue, Jossa
10:00 - 12:00

Lunch Break
Alserkal Avenue
12:00 - 13:00

Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Robots - Continued
Instructor: Amir Bastan; Creative Robotics Lab
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
13:00 - 15:00

From Sputnik to Starlink
Instructor: Sebastian Alexander Neitsch
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
13:00 - 15:00

Exhibitions

Exhibition Visiting
Alserkal Avenue, Concrete
15:00 - 22:00

Shows

Algorave India - Abhinay Khoparzi
Alserkal Avenue, Warhouse 46
21:30 - 22:00



Day Two - 8 October


Workshops
Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Robots
Instructor: Amir Bastan; Creative Robotics Lab
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
11:00 - 16:00

From Sputnik to Starlink
Instructor: Sebastian Alexander Neitsch
Alserkal Avenue, Jossa
11:00 - 16:00

Exhibitions
Exhibition Visiting
Alserkal Avenue, Concrete
16:00 - 20:00

Talks
Panel Discussion: The Creative Process
Amir Bastan, Media Artist & Researcher; Beckhoff (TBC); Participating Artists of Festival X
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
17:30 - 17:50

Quadrature; Artist Duo
Introductory Presentation on 'Supraspectives' and 'Orbits'
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
18:05 - 18:20

Emanuel Gollob; Artist
Introductory Presentation on 'Doing Nothing with AI'
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
18:20 - 18:30

Rafael Ski; Artist
Introductory Presentation on 'Freeing Images in Dust'
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
18:30 - 18:40

Noor Stenfert Kroese; Artist
Introductory Presentation on 'Rhiza'
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
18:40 - 18:50

Natan Sinigaglia; Artist
Introductory Presentation on 'Fragile Cosmos' and 'Ravel Landscapes'
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
18:50 - 19:05

Abhinay Khoparzi; Artist
Introductory Presentation on 'Algorave India'
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
19:05 - 19:15

Shows

Ravel Landscapes - Natan Sinigaglia
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
21:30 - 22:00

Day Three - 9 October


Workshops

Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Robots
Instructor: Amir Bastan; Creative Robotics Lab
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
11:00 - 16:00

From Sputnik to Starlink
Instructor: Sebastian Alexander Neitsch
Alserkal Avenue, Jossa
11:00 - 16:00

Workshop Presentations
Alserkal Avenue, The Yard
17:00 - 18:30

Exhibitions

Exhibition Visiting
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
16:00 - 20:00

Johannes Braumann; Founder of Creative Robotic; Professor at University of Arts & Design, Linz
Live online presentation
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
18:05 - 18:25

Shows

Orbits - Quadrature
Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse 46
20:00 - 20:30