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The Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi Announces its Upcoming Public Program

he Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi is pleased to announce a series of upcoming events, panel discussions and workshops for all ages as part of the public program of its current exhibition, Invisible Threads: Technology and its Discontents.

Taking place throughout the duration of the exhibition, all events are free and open to the public. Details and registration will be on the website www.nyuad-artgallery.org.


Adult workshop: Nic Collins: Hacking Electronics!

o   Description: Dr. Nicolas Collins, internationally renowned musician, composer, educator, and author of Handmade Electronic Music will show you how, with a few simple items, to make your own electronic instruments. Participants in this workshop will learn some very basic skills including soldering, building a contact microphone, and various other principles of electronic instrument building. Open to the public, and no previous experience required. Limited to 20 participants.

o   DateSunday, October 9, 2016

o   Time5-8 p.m.

o   Guest: Nicolas Collins

o   Location: Seminar Room, NYUAD Art Gallery


Family workshop: Technology will save us: Electro Dough

o   Description: The NYUAD Art Gallery invites young people and their families to create sculptures and scenes using dough and bring them to life with light and sound. Ages: 4+, alone or with their adult family or friends. All materials will be provided.

o   DateFriday, October 14, 2016

o   Time4-6 p.m.

o   Guest: Craig Protzel

o   Location: Seminar Room, NYUAD Art Gallery


Panel Discussion: The Art of Outer-space in the Information Age 

o   Description: Presented in collaboration with the NYUAD Art Gallery: Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, and commentator on Arab affairs will join Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal in a discussion, in Arabic, about the philosophical and creative drive behind humankind’s desire to travel into space. This conversation explores the art and technology of the NYUAD Art Gallery exhibitionInvisible Threads: Technology and its Discontents in the context of the UAE and the Emirates Mission to Mars. The co-curators Professor Scott Fitzgerald and Gallery Curator Bana Kattan describe the exhibition as “a show that exposes technology and our relationships with it.”

o   DateWednesday, October 26, 2016

o   Time5-7 p.m.

o   Guests: Wafaa Bilal, Ibrahim Al Qasim and Sultan Suood Al Qassemi

o   Location: NYUAD Conference Center

This panel will be in Arabic with English simultaneous interpretation


Adult workshop: Wearables with IM

o   Description: The NYUAD Art Gallery invites you to a create Halloween inspired wearable technology. Ages: 18+

o   DateSunday, October 30, 2016

o   Time5-8 p.m.

o   Guests: Khulood Al Awadhi and George Korres

o   Location: Seminar Room, NYUAD Art Gallery


Family workshop: Technology will save us: DIY Synth Kit

o   Description: The NYUAD Art Gallery invites young people and their families to discover the joys of electronic music by building your own synthesizer. Experiment with pitch, frequency and volume to make electronic music like Kraftwerk. Ages: 12+, alone or with their adult family or friends. All materials will be provided.

o   DateFriday, November 4, 2016

o   Time4-6 p.m.

o   Guest: Samuel Nacach

o   Location: Seminar Room, NYUAD Art Gallery


Family workshop: LittleBits

o   Description: The NYUAD Art Gallery invites young people and their families to experiment with LittleBits. LittleBits are small, open source, modular electronics components that snap together with magnets to form larger circuits. Learn how to use Little Bits to create electronics and artwork that lights up, beeps, spins and turns with LittleBits. Age: 8+, alone or with their adult family or friends. All materials will be provided.

o   DateFriday, December 12, 2016

o   Time4-6 p.m.

o   Guest: Matthew Karau

o   Location: Seminar Room, NYUAD Art Gallery


To rsvp for events, please visit http://www.nyuad-artgallery.org/

Running through December 31, The Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi’s fall exhibition Invisible Threads: Technology and its Discontentsexplores the tensions that emerge in our everyday interactions with technology, looking at issues such as isolation vs. connectedness, and privacy vs. social media exposure. Invisible Threads features three newly-commissioned works alongside key historic works by 15 international artists: Ai Weiwei, Jamie Allen, Aram Bartholl, Taysir Batniji, Wafaa Bilal, Liu Bolin, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Michael Joaquin Grey, Monira Al Qadiri, Evan Roth, Phillip Stearns, Siebren Versteeg, Addie Wagenknecht, and Kenny Wong.


Invisible Threads: Technology and its Discontents

22 September – 31 December 2016

The Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi

Visitor hours: Monday – Saturday12 pm – 8 pm (closed Sundays)

Admission: The NYUAD Art Gallery is free and open to the public

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