interactive installations, performances and the humanoid robot Eva are among this year’s attractions

Today begins the third edition of the festival NOVA and the largest so far. With an extensive program, this year’s edition brings together multiple spaces in Bucharest, where immersive exhibitions, performances, presentations and workshops are held by multidisciplinary Romanian and foreign artists. The NOVA festival takes place between November 22 and December 17, 2022 in Bucharest and is presented by UniCredit Bank. Those who want to explore how art intertwines with technology can visit the main exhibition at Pavilion 32 of the Goethe-Institut Bucharest. In addition, they can participate in the related events held in the 4 spaces included in this year’s NOVA circuit: Excelsior Theatre, Elvire Popesco Cinema, Wolff Platform and CINETic.

The opening event will take place tonight at Excelsior Theatre, from 8:00 p.m. Within it, Sugwen Su Jun Chungthe internationally renowned artist and researcher, will give a performance-lecture on the theme Seeing double – bridging dualities with relational intelligence. In it, Sougwen will present and explain her innovative approach to working with robotic arms. Over time, the collaboration between the artist and the robotic arms evolved from imitation to direct communication through biofeedback. This performance-lecture speculates on the alternative future of relationships between humans and machines, asking the question: where does “AI” end and “we” begin? Access to the event is achieved by purchasing a ticket from the platform Eventbookand those who cannot make it to the Excelsior Theater can watch the event live online on the platform Streamerse.

In the November 23, at Pavilion 32 of the Goethe-Institut Bucharestthe opening takes place the main exhibition of the festival, which brings together 22 artists from 13 countries, whose works are connected in the immersive space built within NOVALab. In a living universe that adapts and evolves at the pace of the participants, the audience will be able to interact with a series of interactive installations that address various themes, from AI to the pop-up book visible in augmented reality, from peep media to shared secrets with strangers and to the physical exploration of the idea of ​​soul. Among the artists who will exhibit at NOVA is Mónica Rikić (New Home of Mind), Myriam Bleau (Metamorphosis), Adrien M & Claire B (Acqua Alta – Crossing the Mirror), as well as Romanian artists: Denis Simion (Anima), Alexandru Claudiu Maxim (Wind in my pages), RICE (After Ego) and 13m10d (Intuition).

Saturday, December 26, at Cinema Elvire Popescothe event takes place NOVA Talks, which brings on the same stage 5 exceptional speakers as well as the humanoid robot Eva. Thus, at Cinema Elvire Popesco, artists whose works are included in the main exhibition of the festival, as well as researchers, will go up one by one. In this sense, the public will be able to meet Maša Jazbec, whose presentation addresses the theme: What kind of future do you envision with robots? The artist is the coordinator of DDTLab, the research laboratory in the city of Trbovlje, Slovenia. She is famous for creating the persona of the mind-powered humanoid robot Eva. During the event, some participants in the hall will be able to interact directly with the robot Eva and will be able to test, thus, the direct communication between human and robot.

On the same stage will be: Mónica Rikić, who will address the theme of the existential crisis of conscious machines, Costin Dămășaru, who will explain how neurotechology can facilitate intimate communication between the conscious and the subconscious self. Nomi Sasaki, the artist who exhibits the work at NOVA Senri Anwill talk about peep media in digital times and the reconstruction of personal spaces through AI, and Anais Lossouarn will decode privacy in digital spaces.

Enthusiasts of new technologies and their role in the current artistic process will be able to take part in a series of workshops, gathered under NOVA EDUsupported by Romanian researchers at CINETic, an approach developed in partnership with UNATC and Goethe-Institut Bucharest.

They will support practical workshops: Iulia Gherghescu, scenographer, researcher and associate lecturer at UNATC, Marius Hodea, research assistant at CINETic Bucharest and PhD student at the National University of Art Bucharest, Ștefan Damian, sound designer, composer and associate lecturer at the Film Faculty of UNATC and Grigore Burloiu, lecturer in the Animation and Interactivity department of UNATC.

Also during the period December 5-8, from 8:00 p.m., at the Wolff PlatformNOVA together with IQOS presents a series of special events that combine new media with performing arts, where two installations become the framework for these meetings. ZiMMT 3D Sound Lab is a 3D sound installation built from twenty connected speakers. This forms a 3D audio system that provides the most faithful sound experience, superior to the surround sound system.

Inside it, it will be mounted WONDER, the sound-reactive light installation developed by artists Alexandros Raptis and Andrei Cozlac. Together, the two installations become a place for exploration and experiment by the artists Judith State and Radu Dumitriu, Alexandros Raptis and Andrei Cozlac, Bogdan Moroșanu (Rockabella), Felix Deufel and Nikhil Nagaraj.

The IQOS experience offered on the Wolff Platform is aimed at people over the age of 18.

Access to the main exhibition and related NOVA events is achieved by purchasing a ticket from the platform Eventbook.

NOVA is organized of: The Present Continuous Association and the Cultural Association Control N
Presented by: UniCredit Bank
With the support of: IQOS
partner: Goethe-Institut Bucharest, French Institute in Romania, Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of Spain in Romania, Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Romania, Excelsior Theatre, DELL Technologies, Logicom, National University of Theater and Cinematography “IL Caragiale” Bucharest, CINETic/Centrul International Research and Education in Innovative Creative Technologies, Interface Cultures, Kunstuniversität Linz, National University of Arts Bucharest, Novel Mushrooms, HUAWEI nova 10 Pro, Wolff Platform.
Media partners: IQads, A LIST MAGAZINE, Igloo,,, Days and Nights, Radio France Internationale Romania, MUNTEANU, Radio Romania Cultural.

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