Abu Dhabi Art launches the second edition of the Art + Technology Residency Workshops

Khalifa University students join Feng Mengbo, Noumenon and Alaa Edris in creating technology-driven art projects

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 11 July 2018: As part of Abu Dhabi Art’s year-long programme of initiatives designed to engage the wider community with innovative artistic practices, this year’s Art + Technology Residency Workshops invited students from Khalifa University to join internationally-renowned artists in producing artworks at the university’s campus. Featuring artists Feng Mengbo, Noumenon and Alaa Edris, the residency resulted in the creation of technology-driven art projects. Some of the participating artists will also reveal artworks inspired by these workshops during the coming Abu Dhabi Art exhibition.

Over a period of five days in June, engineering and science students from Khalifa University were joined by the research and development company ‘Noumenon’ to create an interactive sculpture that responds to near-field communication and heat in the ‘Obscure Object’ workshop. The Belgian tech company, which was founded by Carl De Smet, specialises in creating sculptures in motion while pioneering the approach of ‘smartification of objects’. Students could also choose to work with artist Feng Mengbo, who participated in the residency in 2017 and returns in 2018 with a new workshop concept centred on developing a Karaoke platform for music lovers. The ‘Karaoke Booth’ workshop will be exhibited at Khalifa University, on the Corniche and at Abu Dhabi Art fair encouraging the public to share their talents online. In the third workshop of 2018, artist Alaa Edris has conceived a study on ‘Experimental Portraiture’, sharing her experience of working with technology to create contemporary art using advanced 3D hologram technology, and introducing students to the history of portraiture and how artists employ their self-portraits in contemporary art.

Art + Technology is a collaboration between Khalifa University and Abu Dhabi Art that was launched for the first time in 2017. The initiative brings leading artists together with students from the university, for a series of workshops that explore innovative ways to make art through the use of technology.

About Abu Dhabi Art

Abu Dhabi Art expands beyond the notion of a traditional art fair, in placing strong emphasis on a diverse public engagement programme, including art installations and exhibitions, talks and events that take place in different locations throughout the year. The culmination of this year-long programme is the Abu Dhabi Art event in November, which provides an important sales platform for participating galleries whilst also offering these galleries an opportunity to showcase ambitious installations and site specific works by their artists to an audience of over 20,000 visitors.

About The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.

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