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Festival to showcase futuristic creativity

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


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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