The Playful Eye: Central Asia Pioneers Online Art Experience

Date: 26 December 2020
University of Central Asia researchers Dr Soheil Ashrafi (Communications and Media Department) and Altyn Kapalova (Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit) have collaborated with arts facilitators in Australia and Germany to produce an innovative online experience of Kyrgyz art for audiences around the world.

In response to the closure of art museums in the region, the UCA team and their international colleagues have worked with staff at the Gapar Aitiev National Museum of Fine Arts in Bishkek to develop Zoom-based encounters with key works in the museum’s collection. The Playful Eye project engages audiences through practices that encourage imagination, action, and play. As researcher Altyn Kapalova says, “It’s a great opportunity to introduce Kyrgyz art to the world and to develop innovative aesthetic practices here in Central Asia”.

The last Playful Eye event for 2020 will be held at 12 noon on Saturday 26th December as part of Museums Night Digital Art 2020, and will be introduced by Altynai Kudaibergenova, Senior Research Fellow at Bishkek’s National Museum of Fine Arts. The event will feature four works from the museum’s collection, including Semyon Chuikov's ethereal masterpiece Touching the Eternal.

For more information, please contact Dr Soheil Ashrafi, Acting Associate Dean, Chair of the Department of Communications and Media, University of Central Asia, Naryn Campus:
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