I am pleased to bring to your attention CAIROTRONICA In Cairo
Creative Disturbance and Leonardo Journal are pleased to be
collaborating with the Cairotonica team
Planned to be held biennially. It includes a program of activities,
exhibitions, talks, workshops and screenings by local, regional, and
international artists as well as academics, and technology experts.
Cairotronica aims to inspire, educate, and challenge students and
audiences from across the region.
For two weeks, audiences will be exposed to the latest in electronic arts
installations in an interactive environment, as well as attend
exhibitions, screenings and out-door performances. Audiences will be
invited to attend a three-day academic conference, and to participate
in one of the different workshops.
All to encourage participants to improve, re-imagine, and develop
unexpected but useful ideas and collaborations, that could lead to
spreading awareness and knowledge about the possibilities, challenges
and side effects that new digital technologies offer, to creating a
new international hub and platform for electronic art in the Middle
Cairotronica will function as an incubator for exchanging ideas,
concepts, products and services, will bring people together from
different industries and fields, encouraging them to create solutions
together and will create a bridge between different audiences and
professionals to connect through art.
“Only Connect”, the imperative that governs the development of digital
art, cultural convention, and the evolution of social media, has
implications for education, urban planning, and human relations that
are shared across the world. In exploring these issues, whether in
celebratory, ideological or aesthetic mode, we recognise that artists
and thinkers must push their practice beyond the conventions of habit
into unknown territories of mind and matter.
As the novelist E. M. Forster famously asserted: Only connect the
prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will
be seen at its highest.
The prosaic and the passionate define the great divide between the
brute excess of corporate culture, and the collective need for beauty
and meaning. In art as in life, the breadth of our connectivity
defines the depth of our humanity. We reach across cultures, across
disciplines, across ancient myths and modern methodologies. Above all,
we each seek to connect our true self with the authentic needs and
desires of others, in a field of creative endeavor that knows no
boundaries and reaches beyond the limits of horizon.
Roy Ascott, February 2016
The proposed theme Connect is a reference to connecting the dots:
connecting disciplines, people, artists, designers, ideas and nations.
Cairotronica will serve as a catalyst through which connections can
happen. The past will connect with the future, history will connect
with the present, art will connect with technology and new media,
tradition will connect with modernity, and Cairo will connect with the
Cairotronica will bring together groundbreaking artists, pioneering
engineers, ingenious designers,academics, international digital
communities, students, art lovers, and more from across Egypt, Africa,
the Middle East, and the world. It will offer a meeting of the minds
where participants will share, discuss, learn, talk, and work. In
essence, they will truly connect.
Cairotronica will be divided into four sections; an exhibition, an
international conference, film screenings and various workshops.
1- MAIN EXHIBITION
03-09 MAY 2016
2- CONFERENCE/ARTISTS TALKS
05-07 MAY 2016
03-17 MAY 2016
4- ROY ASCOTT RETROSPECTIVE
05-17 MAY 2016
4, 7, 9 MAY 2016
7- CLOSING EVENT
17 MAY 2016
detailed program will be available soon!
A two-week exhibitions program divided into four sections: the gallery
spaces, the public spaces, the live performances and video arts and
experimental film and animation screenings.
Cairotronica is hosting a three-day academic International Conference
and artists’ talks on Art and Consciousness in the Post- Biological
Era under The Consciousness Reframed series in cooperation with The
American University in Cairo and The Planetary Collegium, Plymouth
Cairotronica workshop activities will be conducted by local and
international artists or experts and will cover different subjects in
Executive & Artistic Director