Fes­ti­val to show­case fu­tur­is­tic cre­ativ­ity

Top 10 en­tries to be dis­played dur­ing the 3-day Echo fes­ti­val at Dubai De­sign Dis­trict in De­cem­ber

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Afirst-of-its-kind art, de­sign and tech­nol­ogy fes­ti­val in the Mid­dle East — Echo in Dubai — has called on all cre­atives to sub­mit their me­dia and per­for­mance art en­tries to be show­cased dur­ing the fes­ti­val in De­cem­ber.

Echo’s Open Call is open to any­one based in the UAE, the or­gan­is­ers said in a press re­lease. There is no fee for en­tries, and the top 10 en­tries will be given a unique space in the Echo in Dubai ex­hi­bi­tion to show­case their me­dia or per­for­mance art­works.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will take place dur­ing the three-day fes­ti­val un­der the theme ‘In­ter­act­ing with the Fu­ture’ from De­cem­ber 14 to 16 at Dubai De­sign Dis­trict (d3).

New York Univer­sity Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) will judge the en­tries in part­ner­ship with the Echo team.

Pro­fes­sor Felix Hard­mood Beck, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of Prac­tice of De­sign, En­gi­neer­ing at NYUAD, said Echo is an ex­cit­ing new plat­form, one that is di­rectly aligned with the univer­sity’s vi­sion to push for­ward the fron­tiers of knowl­edge, and aid in the de­vel­op­ment of a sus­tain­able, knowl­edge-based econ­omy in the UAE.

“We have seen first hand the great po­ten­tial in the coun­try across the art, de­sign and tech­nol­ogy dis­ci­plines, and this Open Call will give many cre­atives the op­por­tu­nity to have their ideas and de­signs show­cased on an in­ter­na­tional plat­form. We are very much look­ing for­ward to see­ing and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the en­tries.”

The Echo Open Call will ac­cept en­tries across var­i­ous dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing:

Me­dia ob­jects, me­dia in­stal­la­tions, art­works, dig­i­tal art, com­puter graph­ics, com­puter an­i­ma­tion, vir­tual art, in­ter­net art, in­ter­ac­tive art, video games, com­puter ro­bot­ics, 3D print­ing, cy­borg art and art as biotech­nol­ogy.

Me­dia Art: Per­for­mance Art:

Any per­for­mance that is suit­able for an out­door en­vi­ron­ment.

The fes­ti­val com­prises an ex­hi­bi­tion for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists and par­tic­i­pants to ex­hibit their works, a con­fer­ence to ex­change knowl­edge and gen­er­ate new ideas within the com­mu­nity, work­shops across a range of artis­tic and cre­ative dis­ci­plines, and a sound fes­ti­val that com­bines the best mu­si­cal tal­ent with dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy and an im­mer­sive vis­ual ex­pe­ri­ence.

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