Programme 2011

NEoN HQ and POP-Up Shop

For all your NEoN-related information and tickets, come along to the Chamber Building on Panmure Street, Dundee. For the first time this year, there will also be a chance to purchase NEoN-related goodies at the Pop-Up Shop. All events are free unless otherwise stated.  Please note that some events although free requires tickets due to capacity restrictions. For all your ticket requirements please Click Here or book in person at the NEoN HQ in the Chamber Buildings, Dundee. 

Venue: Chamber East
Date: 5th – 12th November
Time: 12pm – 5pm

If you are unsure of where to find any of the venues listed below, check out our map.

All Week

NEoN Geocaching

Geocaching is a treasure hunt for the satnav generation. The object of the game is to hide and seek containers called ‘caches’ by following online directions, clues and hints using a smart phone or GPS device. Each cache contains a logbook to record successful finds and occasionally the cache stores small items to trade. Hunting caches is great fun for all the family, there is just one rule:

Don’t let muggles (non-geocachers) find out what you are up to!

NEoN is excited to announce a Geocache competition that will run throughout the festival week. We will have some big prizes on offer to successful seekers. The competition is open to everyone and anyone ready for adventure, owever be warned, your best sleuthing skills will be needed for this contest as some of the caches will be intended to puzzle and mystify.

To start Geocaching go here!

Venue: Across Dundee
Date: starting on the 5th November 2011
Time: anytime you can, but be safe!

Sun 6th

NEoN Fun Day

A fun-filled afternoon for the whole family! Play, make and experiment, as we get creative with digital technology. Record a song, make a short film, create a life-sized character and manipulate sound and visuals with the movement of your body! NEoN will also be screening a series of family friendly short films. Workshops and screenings will run throughout the day on a drop-in basis but if you have a particular interest in attending one of the sessions you can book a place here on the main Eventbrite website *A responsible adult must accompany all children under 16.

Making Movies – Come have fun experimenting with a movie camera and storyboards. Using your own creative imagination you too can become your own film director and make a one-minute movie. BOOK & REGISTER HERE

Be a Pop Star for a day! – Spend the afternoon recording your own version of a Pop hit! NEoN will provide the backing tracks and lyrics, so all you have to do is step up to the microphone and sing! The recording will then be mixed and mastered and burned to a CD for you to keep. BOOK & REGISTER HERE

Remix yourself!– Use live video mixing software to remix and process your own image. Isadora is a professional application used by choreographers worldwide to apply real-time effects and visual manipulations to contemporary dancers. With it you’ll create patterns with your body and project them onto a wall, or interact with the wide range of eye-popping effects available. BOOK & REGISTER HERE

Crazy Characters – Ever wanted to be a superhero or a fairy princess? We’ll help you get a step closer by transforming you into a life size 2D version of your favourite character. Pull a pose, draw around your body from top to toe and use colour and collage to transform your cartoon self. BOOK & REGISTER HERE

Symbols and Signs – Traffic signs, desktop icons, gamepad symbols… we are surrounded by imagery everyday! Let’s bring these boring symbols to life by transforming them into comical cartoons! Add shape, colour, words and more in this easy-peasy workshop. BOOK & REGISTER HERE

Sun 6th

Fun Day Screenings

Little films for little people!…drop in to see a short film at anytime throughout Fun Day.

12pm: My Neighbour Totoro (U) 86mins
1.20pm onwards: A colourful selection of award winning European animated shorts (U) 60mins

Venue: Hannah Maclure Centre
Date: 6th November 2011
Time: 12pm – 2.30pm
Tickets: no ticket required

Mon 7th – Sat 12th

Move Sound Together

An exhibition of interaction, movement and sound.

Tom De Majo – Sound Design artist Tom De Majo uses buildings in Dundee as a resonator for a new installation that brings to life the echoes of its past.

Memo AktenMemo Akten is a visual artist, director, musician and engineer working at the intersection of art and technology. Driven by the urge to make the seemingly impossible, possible, Akten seeks to awaken our childlike instincts to explore and discover new forms of interaction and expression. For NEoN. Akten’s Mega Super Awesome Visuals Company will screen Simple Harmonic Motion, a series of projects exploring the nature of complex patterns created from the interaction of multilayered rhythms.

Max Cant – Max Cant is a sculptor, illustrator and concept designer for Codemasters. Like a machine Max can churn out masses of concepts, so just give him an idea and he will add his own drawing beauty.

Tim Vincent-Smith – Artist Tim Vincent-Smith {nook} will build a harmonograph from found objects for NEoN. This is an instrument that will trace the curves of sonorous vibrations and conduct its own digital songs.

Gayle Meikle – Glasgow based artist/curator Gayle Meikle presents ‘poff_pop’ a playful demonstration of a linguistic onomatopoeia which transcends multiple languages and cultures.  Gayle studied Time Based Art and Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone (2002 – 2007).  Since then she has exhibited internationally as well winning a Scottish Bafta for her video ‘Secomak_477’.

Venue: Chamber East
Date: 7th– 12th November
Time: 12pm – 5pm
Tickets: no ticket required

Tues 8th

Beware the Unconference!

Interactive attractions: how to make the best interactive visitor experience in the world

Dundee and its wider regions pledge its support to make the V&A at Dundee have the best digital presence of any museum in the world. But how can it do that and who will invest?

To find out more about the Unconference go here 

Tues 8th


NEoN are pleased to present for the first time in Dundee, “PechaKucha Night

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.

It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world and inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation (“chit chat”), it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds.

It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

Speakers to be announced.

Venue: Chamber East
Date: 8th November
Time: 7pm-10pm
Tickets: Free Entry but must register in advance. BOOK & REGISTER HERE

Wed 9th

Debating Chamber

Join our panel of experts to debate this year’s theme: collaboration – between us and the digital!

The questioning will follow the line of human interaction and manipulation of the digital and the technical. How far should we push it? Can we overcome famine with printed food? What are the ethical and moral issues surrounding printing organs? Expect heated debate and interjections.

Venue: Chamber East
Date: 9th November
Time: 7pm-10pm
Tickets: no ticket required  

Thu 10th

Dirty Electronics: Skull Etching Workshop

Build the classic Dirty Electronics Skull Etching touch instrument and take part in a large group performance where the improbable and ridiculous collide through electronic sound and the technological unknown.

The internationally renowned Dirty Electronics comes to Dundee delivering a ridiculously exciting workshop and inviting you to become part of the Dirty Electronics Ensemble. The workshop is central to the Ensemble in that all of the musicians (you!) have to build their own instrument for performance. The ‘performance’ begins on the workbench devising instruments and is extended onto the stage through playing and exploring these instruments. This is an incredible opportunity that requires no previous experience or exceptional musical ability.

More info on Skull Etching can be found on their website.

Venue: Chamber East
Date: 10th November 2011
Time: Workshop – 2pm – 6pm, Age 14+
Tickets: Free Entry but must register in advance. BOOK & REGISTER HERE 

Thu 10th

Dirty Electronics Performance

This is separate from the Workshop and no booking is required. There is no age restriction to attend.

Venue: Chamber East
Date: 10th November 2011
Time: Performance starts 7.30pm
Tickets: no ticket required

Thu 10th

Jaygo Bloom (Cancelled, sorry!) 

Fresh from producing the visuals for Franz Ferdinand’s world tour, artist Jaygo Bloom produces immersive artworks that harness new and old technologies. His work includes a large-scale double sided projection inspired by the early arcade game Asteroids.

For NEoN Jaygo will be collaborating with Denki to produce a new interactive piece, which for the moment remains top secret!

Fri 11th

NEoN Talks – show ‘n’ tell

James Allibana new media artist, interaction designer and international speaker from London. He is primarily concerned with building interactive toys and immersive environments that allow for new forms of creative expression.
Max Cant –  Max Cant is a sculptor, illustrator and concept designer for Codemasters.

Tom Metcalf –  a conceptual designer whose work and process exists somewhere within and around the traditional definitions of interaction design, product design and art.

Alex Tobin – artist, curator and designer specialising in new media experimentation and collaboration. Has exhibited artwork and performed at Tramway, DCA, Embassy, Inspace, Collective, the Richard Demarco Archive, WASPS Glasgow and Kyoto Seika University.

Followed by a special screening and talk from…

Anima Boutique

Anima Boutique is a Helsinki based design & animation studio established in 2007. Their goal is to create, develop and produce characters, styles and stories that we can be proud of and that the audience will love.

Anima Boutique’s work includes animation across techniques for commercials, short films, music videos, TV-series and film: “Our goal is to create, develop and produce characters, styles and stories that we can be proud of and that the audience will love. We strive to be a critical and commercial success as a studio and to foster a friendly and creative workplace for artists. To be forward thinking by nature means to respectfully challenge conventions.”

Eliza Jäppinen, 32, is a founder & creative director of Anima Boutique. Eliza has worked extensively with characters, writing, animation and design for original concepts as well as advertising since 2002. She is a forward thinker with design and storytelling. Eliza has spent most of her life between Finland and Hawaii, which brings a unique blend of popular culture and Scandinavian cool to her work. She believes in enriching our world with original and unique entertainment that has a heart.

Anttu Harlin, 31, is a founder and producer of Anima Boutique. He has worked extensively with creating & producing animation TV, film & advertising since 2002. Anttu believes in creating honest, personal & meaningful content. Having worked his way through the creative positions in production pipelines, now as a producer he strives to bring inspiration into to new projects. Since founding Anima Boutique, he has worked towards bringing the first original property to fruition from the in-house studio.

Joonas Utti, 29, is a founder and lead animator of Anima Boutique. Joonas lives and breathes the craft of animation, and is an integral part of the studio’s productions.

Anima Vitae. Finland’s leading CGI studio established in 1998, Anima Vitae is a co-founder of Anima Boutique. Its work includes the 2009 hit Christmas movie, Niko & the Way to the Stars.

Venue: Chamber East
Date: 11th November
Time: Starts 11am 
Tickets: Free Entry but must register in advance. BOOK & REGISTER HERE 

Fri 11th


Pelmet Nites celebrate their fifth birthday with a special show featuring Electro trio Discopolis, atmospheric Synth-Pop from Midnight Lion, and Indie/Electronica from the Isle of Skye’s Niteworks. Plus City Life DJs until 2.30am.

Venue: Dukes Corner
Date: 11th November
Time: 9pm – late, free entry before 11.30pm 
Tickets: no ticket required, pay on the door/ 18+

Sat 12th

NEoN Exhibitions & Commissions – N55

N55 work with art as a part of everyday life; designing and building low-fi technology, tools and structures which seek to empower real people in the real world.

N55 grew from a collaborative exhibition space and lab that was set up in Copenhagen, 1994, developing a collective who had a common interest to “rebuild the city from within” using everyday life situations as a platform for public events and collaborations. N55 is a platform for people who want to work together, people who have a shared interest in democratically encouraging individuals to become self-reliant.

For NEoN, N55 has collaborated with artist Till Wolfer and developed Space Frame Vehicles; a project which enables individuals/groups to build their own vehicles for transportation of people and goods. A simple lightweight construction using easily sourced parts, simple tools and requires no welding. The orthogonal design has been selected for ergonomic reasons; the rider’s weight is distributed over a larger area providing greater comfort. It also has an aerodynamic advantage, minimising wind resistance.

SPACE FRAME VEHICLE symbolises N55’s mission to provide solutions to everyday problems, solutions that are accessible to all, that are low cost and require minimum specialist skills. Although N55 do not claim that their designs solve pressing social and economic problems, they do believe that the very act of setting to work can empower a person and help change the way he or she sees the world.

Venue: Hannah Maclure Centre
Date: Opening evening 11 November 7pm (open from 14 November 2011–27 January 2012)
Times: Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm
Tickets: no ticket required

Sat 12th

NEoN Finale

We have an epic day of events to bring this years NEoN to a close, to find out more about the final day of NEoN festival activities on Saturday 12 November, go here.

Sat 12th

Utah Saints

Utah Saints are a British dance band from Leeds in West Yorkshire. Utah Saints were one of the early pioneers of bringing sampling technology into mainstream dance and pop music.

Scheinwerfer Collective (VJs Stefan Muller, Simon Schubiger – Zurich) DJ NORD (DJ/VJ – Vancouver)

Over 18’s only.

Venue: Reading Rooms (paid event)
Date: 12 November 2011
Time: 11pm – 2.30am
Tickets: £8 online/£10 at Grouchos store
For online tickets
Grouchos is located at 132 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4ED 

Sun 13th

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Sigur Rós – Inni
DCA cinema is delighted to be involved with this year’s festival by organising a very rare screening of Inni.

Inni is Sigur Rós’s second live film following 2007’s highly-celebrated Heima. Whereas that film positioned the enigmatic group in the context of their Icelandic homeland, providing geographical, social and historical perspectives on their otherworldly music, with uplifting results, Inni focuses purely on the band’s performance, which is artfully and intimately captured by French-Canadian director Vincent Morisset (Arcade Fire’s Miroir Noir). Interweaving archive material from the band’s first ten years with the sometimes gossamer light, sometimes punishingly intense, concert footage, Inni is a persuasive account of one of the most celebrated and influential rock bands of recent years.

Director: Vincent Morrisset
Duration: 1h 25m
Country: Iceland / UK / Canada
Language: English & Icelandic with English subtitles
Year: 2011

Venue: Dundee Contemporary Arts
Date: 13th November 2010
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £8/£6 available from DCA Box Office

DCA Exhibition

Startle Reaction by Torsten Lauschmann

Torsten Lauschmann’s work is informed by apparently conflicting interests in the earliest forms of magical entertainment and the latest technical innovations. His work explores the use of tools, techniques and systems to solve problems, with the aim of bypassing the tension between optimistic and sceptical beliefs about technology. His immersive installations use film to create works that are inventive, playful and accessible. Over the past decade Torsten Lauschmann has become one of the most important artists working in Scotland. Dundee during the Discovery, NEoN and Science Festivals is the perfect time and place to stage this important survey of his work.

Torsten Lauschmann was born in Germany in 1970, and lives and works in Glasgow. He has exhibited, screened or performed his work widely, including The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Art Basel Miami Beach and Arnolfini, Bristol. Recently, he received the inaugural Margaret Tait Award, a Vital Spark commission from Creative Scotland and has been shortlisted for this year’s Jarman Award.

A series of cinema screenings, talks, workshops and education activities will accompany this exhibition. Visit for more details.

Startle Reaction is supported by Film and Video Umbrella and AV Festival North East. Torsten Lauschmann is represented by Mary Mary, Glasgow. Dundee Contemporary Arts is supported by Creative Scotland and Dundee City Council.

Venue: Dundee Contemporary Arts
Date: 22 October – 8 January 2012
Time: Tuesday – Saturday 10.30am – 5.30pm, Sunday 12 noon – 5.30pm, open late Thursday until 8.30pm
Tickets: no ticket required