We love that the Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi brings us such unique delights. Imagine Science Abu Dhabi 2017 takes place from March 2 to 4.
Returning to the Middle East for the third time, this interdisciplinary festival is a celebration of science and art through three feature films, 21 short films, a science-art gallery exhibition Spectrum, a science communication panel discussion, artist talks, and educational workshops. Showcasing the work of artists from the UAE and beyond, this three-day festival will be open to the public free of charge.
The purpose of Imagine Science Abu Dhabi, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is to facilitate an understanding of science for the common man by bringing together scientists who learn and decipher the world that we live in, and filmmakers who communicate this knowledge to everyone else,
said Alexis Gambis, visiting assistant professor of biology, film and new media at NYUAD, and founder of Imagine Science Films, a non-profit organization committed to promoting high-level dialogue between scientists and filmmakers since 2008.
Imagine Science Abu Dhabi 2017 will officially open on March 2 with the acclaimed feature film Honey, Rain and Dust by Emirati filmmaker Nujoom Al Ghanem. The film traces the developing dynamic in the context of occupational challenges that beekeepers face, whilst placing beekeeping in the spotlight.
Also opening on March 2 is Spectrum, the exhibit in the Project Space at the Arts Center, which is accompanying Imagine Science Abu Dhabi. It will present the subject of light examined through the eyes of five international artists. This will include Virtual Reality fly-through Fistful of Stars created by Eliza Mcnitt, a retrospective of the work of Pohjankonna Oy, a Finnish film production company, and the laser installation Bleu Gorgone by French artist Stéfane Perraud whose main subjects concern light and how it relates to knowledge and disaster both symbolically and scientifically. Several of the exhibitions offer a closer look at films that will be screened later at the festival.
Also among the films slated to be featured is English filmmaker Otto Bell’s The Eagle Huntress, which was shortlisted for an Oscar Award last year and is the story of the first female in 12 generations of a Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. Following its screening will be a talk by Youssef Idaghour, NYUAD assistant professor of biology, on his research on developing genetic tools to facilitate population genetic analysis of falcons and other endangered wildlife.
The closing night of Imagine Science Abu Dhabi 2017 will include a screening of French filmmaker Antoine Viviani’s film In Limbo, followed by a Q&A with the director. Viviani’s poetic experimental documentary features interviews with digital luminaries such as Ray Kurzweil, Gordon Bell, and others.
Alongside this historical and philosophical look at the internet age, we’ll be considering the future of communication technology via a demonstration of M3diate, a multi-user VR environment that is being developed at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai.