A crash course in digital arts at Art Dubai 2022 – News

The 15th edition of the show will bring together more than 100 exhibitors from 44 countries, including more than 30 new exhibitors, and the doors will open on March 11 (till March 13) at Madinat Jumeirah



NFT Asia, Eri Harigai, ‘Blank’, 2021, Medium_ 3D_2D Video, Courtesy of the artist

Published: Thu 3 March 2022, 20:18

Anything digital is the buzzword. Nobody talks about canvases and brushes anymore, instead artistic vocabulary is now draped in NFTs, AR and VR, crypto and beyond. Step back, press rewind, and you’ll learn the fact is that digital art has been in our lives since the 1980s, contrary to what many of us think or know. For a crash course in what you’ve been missing out on in the digital world and a preview of what’s to come, be sure to drop by the next Art Dubai. The 15th edition of the show will bring together more than 100 exhibitors from 44 countries, including more than 30 new exhibitors, and the doors will open on March 11 (till the 13) at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

Among the many highlights of the fair will be the new galleries section, Art Dubai Digital, which will feature several international platforms working with NFTs, contemporary galleries with projects dedicated to new media and digital art, galleries working with digital art since the 1980s. , and NFT e-commerce sites and organizations that turn existing physical art into NFT. This section will also include a dedicated gallery section curated by Chris Fussner, Web3 specialist and director of the Tropical Futures Institute (Cebu, Philippines). Participants, representing a broad geographic base and including both traditional galleries and digital platforms, will include Institut, Postmasters, Bright Moments, HORIZONS by so-far and AORA, Cyber ​​Baat, Morrow Collective, Emergeast and NFT Asia.

As for what you’ll see, prepare to be mesmerized by Filipino-American artist James Clar (Silverlens)’s interactive video installation, Cloud Seed, for the fair’s Julius Baer lounge. The installation will immerse visitors in a large-scale, real-time simulation of raindrops and fog, using custom technology to create a slowly changing visual system that mirrors our control of the environment. Another interesting one would be COSMODREAMS, an interactive installation by Russian figurative artist and painter Marina Fedorova, which will explore the effects of technological advancements on our lives and our environment. This installation will combine traditional art and digital technologies in the form of large-scale paintings, sculptures, life-size objects and virtual reality videos with interactive panels.

And when you’re done, gather at the innovative Crypto Media Lounge and strike up a conversation with companies that support communities, including cryptocurrency platforms, exchanges, and organizations providing the relevant tools to access the digital realm. In addition, the program will also be supported by a new lecture program, which aims to give visitors more context on digital platforms, inviting guest speakers to further explain the basics of cryptocurrency, digital media and the NFT art. As they say, prepare for the future, it’s now!

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John C. Dent