INAUGURATION / PRESS CONFERENCE / DUBAI
Zayed University Dubai , 12.2.2002
photo / video documentation - Barbara Doser © parallel media
In the frame of the inauguration of the Time-Eye of Dubai His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE as well as President of the Zayed University (middle) and Vice president Dr. Hanif Al-Qassimi (left) handed over a special crystal to Hofstetter Kurt (media artist, director of the Sunpendulum project).
the occasion of the permanent installation of the Time-Eye of Dubai at
the Zayed University Dubai, the University organized an inauguration and
a press conference in close cooperation with the Austrian Embassy Abu Dhabi.
The inauguration event started with welcoming words and a short introduction for the guests of honour, media and journalists by Dr. Dell Felder, Provost of the Zayed University Dubai - MC of the event followed by a statement by Hofstetter Kurt, Director of the Sunpendulum project. His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE as well as President of the Zayed University is the patron of the Time-Eye of Dubai and he unveiled a commemorative plaque together with Dr. Nikolaus Seiwald, Commercial Counsellor and acting Ambassador of Austria in the UAE.
To provide comprehensive information on the Sunpendulum project, the Sunpendulum video (by Hofstetter Kurt and Barbara Doser) was presented.
His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan and Dr. Hanif Hassan Al-Qassimi, Vice President of the Zayed University, handed over a special crystal to Hofstetter Kurt.
The presence of the UAE Ambassadors of Japan, India and Austria, the Consul of Egypt in Dubai and numerous guests of honour underlined the importance of this event.
after the conclusion of the formal ceremony the Sunpendulum press conference took place:
from left to right:
Dipl.Ing. Dr. Christoph Traxler (computer scientist, Vienna University of Technology), Hofstetter Kurt (media artist, director of the Sunpendulum project), Dr. Nikolaus Seiwald (Commercial Counsellor Austrian Embassy Abu Dhabi), Dr. Todd DeVriese (Associate Professor, College of Arts & Sciences), Dr. Adel Gamal (translation into Arabic / Zayed University)
Todd DeVriese, Associate Professor, College of Arts & Sciences, presented the view of the ZU participation in the Sunpendulum project. Hofstetter Kurt provided Sunpendulum information in detail and Dr. Christoph Traxler gave an overview of the current research and evaluation status of the Sunpendulum software.
present: journalists of the leading newspapers
press conference took 40 minutes and was held in Arabic and English.
Thanks to the Zayed University Dubai for the perfect organization.
Time-Eye of Dubai is a media art installation by Hofstetter Kurt realized
in close cooperation with the Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms
/ Vienna University of Technology and the Zayed University Dubai .
supported by Austrian Federal Chancellory / Department for the Arts (.KUNST), Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture, :3C! Creative Computing Concepts, Austrian Embassy Abu Dhabi / Austrian Trade Delegation, Austrian National Tourist Office , Hotel Imperial Vienna, Boblbee.
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