D-CAF showcases world-class selection of artworks



Sun, 03 Oct 2021 - 01:55 GMT


Sun, 03 Oct 2021 - 01:55 GMT




This year’s edition of D-CAF spotlights a world-class selection of new media artworks: groundbreaking pieces conceived at the intersection of art and technology. Three artistic jewels will crown this festival’s new media and visual arts program. 

Embraces is an augmented reality exhibition created by award-winning Danish animator Sara Koppel. The exhibition comprises thirteen artful illustrations, each featuring an embracing couple. By downloading an app and holding their smartphones up to the drawings, viewers can watch a series of fantastical stop-frame animations unfold from the artworks. The short films shed light on a universal truth that transcends ages, borders, and even species: all living creatures share an essential need for love, warmth, and embrace.

NYX is a thrill-eliciting sensory dive into an immersive simulation, conceptualized by media designer and animator Marcell Andristyak and produced by the Hungarian studio Glowing Bulbs. The multi-projector interactive installation invites audiences to embark on an eerie voyage through the depths of a misty woodland populated with fantastical creatures. On this journey, they become part of a quest for light in the shadowy realms of night. 

Last but not least, this year, D-CAF has put together The Virtual Reality Experience. This cutting-edge display includes an Oculus Quest installation curated by VR expert Omar Kamel and a world-class selection of VR films presented in collaboration with the French Institute in Egypt. The showcase will include music, dance and creative activities; games, films, and documentaries tackling a range of topics from wildlife to social justice and awareness —a stunning line-up promising to enchant visitors of all tastes and from all walks of life. 

The Virtual Reality Experience (France)

The three pieces will be shown from 5 to 10 October at Consoleya, a new coworking and exhibition space located in the heart of Downtown Cairo, and a proud collaborator of D-CAF 2021. 

From 16 to 21 October, these three beautiful artworks will move to Victoria Rooftop House, located on the roof of the historical Shorbagy building. In 2008, El Shorbagy was acquired by D-CAF’s long standing partners, Al Ismaelia for Real Estate, who worked to restore the building to its timeless glory and establish the Victoria and Violette exhibition spaces in 2015. 

This showcase was made possible by the generous assistance of our main supporters: the Embassy of Denmark in Cairo, the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Hungarian Cultural Center in Cairo, and the French Institute in Egypt. 

The Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival is produced by Orient for Film and Theater Productions and co-founded by Al Ismaelia for Real Estate Investment.

NYX (Hungary)

D-CAF is taking extensive measures to ensure our audience’s safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 90% of the Orient Productions team is fully vaccinated, and we are abiding by government regulations and restrictions on large gatherings. Attendees and team members alike will be required to wear masks for the duration of all D-CAF events. All participating venues will be equipped with sanitizer for the audience’s use. 




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