Hybrid Futures Exhibition
An art-sci exhibition in tandem with the film festival.

March 8, 6-10 pm & March 9/10, 1-10pm
at The Project Space at NYUAD

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and his little animals
SALLY WARRING | March 9 | 1 PM I The Project Space

Material Intersections
ZAHRA AL-MAHDI | March 9 | 4 PM I The Project Space

Complex Hybrids: From Cities to Brains and Back Again
NOAH HUTTON | March 9 | 6:30 PM I Thre Project Space

Antimatter Factory: The Manipulation of archive and cinema
GIULIA & COSMIC | March 10 | 1 PM I The Project Space

Tree VR: How technology can generate empathy and inspire change
MILICA & WINSLOW | March 10 | 4 PM I The Project Space

"Hybrid Careers in Art & Science"
Panel moderated by Pakinam Amer, Chief Editor Nature Middle East
ALL ARTISTS | March 10 | 6 PM I The Project Space
The Works
Tree VR: How technology can generate empathy and inspire change
Milica Zec + Winslow Porter
This critically acclaimed and haptically enhanced virtual reality experience transforms you into a majestic rainforest tree. With your arms as branches and body as a trunk, you'll experience the tree's life from a seedling to its fullest form and witness its fate firsthand. Official selection of Sundance Film Festival New Frontier and Tribeca Film Festival Immersive 2017.
Antimatter Factory
Antimatter Factory: The Manipulation of archive and cinema
Giulia Grossman
Antimatter factory is a two-screen installation that articulates a work from a selecting photos, sound and images from the archive of the largest particle physics center in the world: CERN to a filmic material that i shot at CERN during the annual shutdown of the accelarators for their maintenance, in january 2018. A time of everyday life at CERN, combining research and exposure time, this installation comes back to confronting humans with machines, where we study space, time and matter. From the silver plates to the invisible data, the images of CERN are many and today, some of them lost their captions. From history to History, the archival images from CERN pose as their experimental records and make it possible to travel into fictional realms of this surreal research environment - undeground.
Little Animals
Antony van Leeuwenhoek and his little animals
Sally Warring
Originally life was divided into very few categories. If it moved around, it was an animal. If it grew but didn't move around, it was a vegetable. If it didn't move or grow at all, it was mineral. This all changes in the late 17th century when a Dutchman named Antony van Leeuwenhoek developed the most powerful magnifying lenses on Earth. His lenses were capable of magnifying up to 270 times, and suddenly the invisible became visible. What he saw when he looked at the world through his lenses were tiny wildernesses teeming with microscopic life forms, organisms so small they couldn't be seen with the naked eye. van Leeuwenhoek decided these tiny things were living things because they moved around, but they lacked many of the hallmarks of animals of vegetables. Their bodies were unstable, often changing shape, many of them were green like plants, but moved around just like an animal, some were so small that you could fit 10,000 in a single grain of rice. van Leeuwenhoek affectionately called them "Animacules" or little animals, but what exactly these new, tiny life forms were would perplex the scientific community for centuries to come.
Intersections Vol. 2
Material Intersections
Zahra Al-Mahdi
This collection highlights the connections and interdependencies between seemingly autonomous bodies. It emphasizes the intersections between human beings and other creatures and objects from their surrounding environments. Each piece, appearing as a preserved found object, aim to question the normatively of utilitarian meaning and functions assigned to such bodies. This collection challenges the dominant logic of the "origin", the "absolute", and "nature". It also posits alternative ways of coexistence.
Brain City
Complex Hybrids: From Cities to Brains and Back Again
Noah Hutton
Drawing on imagery from the leading neuroscience labs around the world, Brain City is a visual journey through the vast avenues of the human brain. Displaying a hybrid compilation of brand new digital simulations, fly-throughs, and microscopic images of neurons from several major neuroscientific endeavors including Eyewire, The Human Brain Project, CLARITY, and Neurodome, the piece provides a sense of being surrounded by complex systems, inside and out, through a playful juxtaposition between the urban landscape and the inner pathways of the human brain.
The Artists
Winslow Porter
Film/VR Director, Producer and Creative Technologist
Winslow is a Brooklyn-based film and virtual reality director, producer, and creative technologist. Winslow has always been fascinated with the possibilities of how the intersection of art and technology can elevate storytelling. After beginning his career as a film editor and modern dance composer, Winslow attended NYU's Tisch's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and delved into the world of creative technology soon after. He now has six years of experiential work under his belt, and Giant is his fifth VR project. Winslow's previous work includes interactive experiences for Google, Delta, Diesel, TED, Merrel, and Wired. While at Carbon Pictures in 2015, Winslow produced the Tribeca Film Festival Transmedia Award-winning documentary CLOUDS.
Milica Zec
Film and VR Director, Editor, Producer, and Screenwriter
Milica Zec is a film and virtual reality director, editor, producer, and screenwriter. Her debut VR film, Giant, has been a highlight of film and new media festivals including Sundance New Frontier and Cannes' NEXT Programme. Based on real events, "Giant" has been critically lauded as an example of VR's incredible potential to encapsulate the human experience. Prior to creating Giant, Milica collaborated with the performance artist Marina Abramovic for nine years, including on her seminal show, The Artist is Present at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Milica has also written and directed the films Marina Abramovic Presents MACCOC (Venice Biennale 2011) and a music video for the Antony and the Johnsons song, "Christina's Farm." Milica is a graduate of The University of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Serbia and SCPS NYU. Since 2015, she has been a member of NEW INC, the New Museum's art, technology, and design incubator in New York City.
Giulia Grossman
Filmmaker & Musician
Giulia Grossmann weaves links between fiction and reality, blurs the boundaries between documentary, representation and staging.

From Native American to Proxima b, she takes an ethnographic look at phenomena of appropriation of myths and quests of utopias. Whether in the mountains, the jungle, the desert or the cosmos, his films connect man to his environment within the limits of the ecumene.

Season Video, Museum of Natural History in New York (image science festival), International Film Festival (FID Marseille), Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA), Short Side (Cine 104), Young Creation (The cenquatre), The Armory (Pasadena), Comfort Station (Chicago), FEST (Portugal), FIFEQ (Montreal), Escales, La Rochelle, RISC Marseille ...
Cosmic Neman
Musician & Composer
His approach to music is non-academic, his musical universe is a mix of avant-garde, classic rock, and minimal music. His main instrument is drums, fascinated by the origins of rhythm and repetitive music like trance music and tribal drumming in Africa, which are opening doors to an esoteric world. But he's also into ambient music working with analog synthesizers, drum machines & sequencers, electric guitars & effect pedals.

He's been recording albums and playing shows in Europe and North & South America with both of his bands Herman Dune and Zombie Zombie that he formed in the early 2000s. They reveal the wide range of his musical tastes, exploring very diverse music styles.
Sally Warring
Sally Warring is a biologist and postdoctoral research scholar at the American Museum of Natural History. She grew up in New Zealand and has a bachelor of science with honors in botany from the University of Melbourne in Australia and a Ph.D. in biology at New York University where she studied the genetics and genomics of microscopic parasites. In (some) of her spare time she collects samples of water from various locations in New York City and the surrounding areas and documents the free-living microscopic organisms found within. She posts the images and videos to an Instagram account called @pondlife_pondlife. You can learn more about the project at
Zahra Al-Mahdi
Artist, Writer, and Filmmaker
Zahra Al-Mahdi (1989) is an English Literature graduate from Kuwait University, College of Arts. She is an artist, writer, and filmmaker. Her debut graphic novel titled We, The Borrowed was published in 2016, and she is currently working on her online miniseries Bird Watch. Zahra is also enrolled in Kuwait University's Master's program in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies.
Noah Hutton
Noah Hutton is a film director and founder of the website The Beautiful Brain. He has presented on art and neuroscience at the Venice Biennale, Impakt Festival, Society for Neuroscience, Wellcome Collection, Rubin Museum of Art, and elsewhere. In 2015 he was named a Salzburg Global Fellow in Neuroscience & Art, and created Brain City, a multi-platform installation in Times Square commissioned by the Times Square Arts Alliance. He is in the eighth year of work on his film Bluebrain, a 10-year documentary centering on the Blue Brain Project, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously he directed the award-winning documentary features Deep Time(SXSW 2015) and Crude Independence (SXSW 2009). Noah graduated from Wesleyan University, where he studied art history and neuroscience.
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