Embrace digital Athens
ATHENS DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL
In a time when technology gradually enframes us in serving the data- flux and every digital footprint feeds the hunger of social distancing, ADAF utilizes the goods of technology to unite people through all means of art presented also on its Online platform. ADAF Online provides the opportunity for everyone to watch this year’s displayed projects that «meet» the new tribe of people nurtured by technology.
Can you imagine the future? Can you identify the ways that technology and innovation affect and form the future of art and society? And what about Singularity in this future? When that notion is associated with infinity, the unknown and the beginning of universes, both physical and conceptual, then art and technology have a new meaning. This is the sort of questions that ADAF has addressed to us for years creating a space where visitors and artists exchange their own experiences and stories with regards to the influence of new technologies on our way of living, ranging from social media and digital aesthetics to virtual reality and digital sound.
Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF) is actually an International Festival which celebrates digital culture through an annual gathering bringing together a global community of artists and audiences. Through its multidisciplinary program Athens Digital Arts Festival offers a wide range of Exhibitions, Screenings, Live Performances, Workshops and International Tributes showcasing artworks that display distinctive characteristics of the digital medium and reflect on its language and aesthetics. It was 2005 when the Athens Video Art Festival was founded with the intention to offer a platform to video art, installations and live performances. Within the following 10 years, the Festival gradually evolved responding to the new forms of art that the digital era has put into place. It included more art forms, such as web art, interactive installations, animation, digital image, performances, applications and workshops, exploring creative aspects of technology and digital culture. In order to communicate the wide spectrum of its activities and events, the Festival changed its name into Athens Digital Arts Festival in 2015.
It was then ready and mature to encompass a wide range of activities and performances that define «creation» and «expression» in the digital era. And that’s exactly what the 16th festival is about. With the festival theme “Technotribalism”, it seeks to promote collectivity and openness towards knowledge, art and science as fundamental pillars upon which we shall built our new data driven world. We, being the primitives of this era, appear pure and naive yet shaping the very foundations of this new world and tribe. The festival will host pieces from Video Art, Animation, VR (360 video), Performances, Web Art, Games, Digital Image, talks, workshops, ADAF Kids for Children & their Parents, and Festivals of the world. More than 5,500 art proposals from more than 100 countries around the world will be the source for the ADAF 2020 program selection.