74 artists from 14 countries to feature in digital arts festival

LAHORE: The city will be bustling with creativity, innovation, and technology as it hosts the ‘Four Days Lahore Digital Arts Festival’ starting this week.

The event organised by The Little Art will run from Oct 12 to 15, and aims to explore the dynamic intersection of art and technology, with an ambition to honour and expand the dialogues around art accessibility in Pakistan and South Asia.

The festival venues will be Aangun – Center for Learning and Culture, Beaconhouse National University, Daftarkhwan Downtown, Haam Gallery, Institute of Art and Culture, Lahore Museum, National College of Arts, Numaish Gah and the Colony. The festival will open on all nine venues for public at same day.

As many as 74 digital artists from 14 countries will showcase their work.

MikroPOM is an international conference that is hosted in Pakistan, in collaboration with Beaconhouse National University. Mikro POM Lahore is part of the festival and centers its attention towards the multifaceted aspects of technology in the city.

The conference will have various sessions, aims to discuss the development, deployment, regulation, and perception of technology within society.

MikroPOM Lahore is designed by Morten Søndergaard from Aalborg University Denmark, Najamul Assar from Lahore Digital Arts Festival and Rohma Khan from Beaconhouse National University. The project is advised by Rashid Rana, and the exhibition component is curated by Aarish Sardar.

Renowned international figures from the world of digital arts and technology will be sharing their insights and experiences. Some of the world leading artists such as Christa Sommerer (Austria), Laurent Mignonneau (France), and Stefano Fake (Italy) will also grace the conference.

“I am excited to bring MikroPOM to Lahore to connect the talented digital artists and have their opinions expressed. The digital art world is expanding, and it seems like a right time to be in Lahore.” Morten Søndergaard, curator of the MikroPOM said.

“Art and technology converge not just to celebrate, but to explore boundless possibilities that know no borders; and in Lahore, we revel in these limitless horizons,” says festival director Shoaib Iqbal.

Published in Dawn, October 10th, 2023

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