NEoN Digital Arts – A hybrid mix of exhibitions, installations, audio & performance
NEoN, now in its seventh year, has organised exhibitions, workshops, talks, conferences, live performances and public discussions and established itself as a platform to showcase national and international digital art forms. Throughout the year we host events and new commissions to bring together together emerging talent and well-established artists. With pop up events, online commissions and our festival in November we aim to influence and reshape the genre.
Image: Jordan Geiger, Day For Night. Inflatable installation in a vacant retail space, San Jose
Each year NEoN has a curatorial theme, for 2016 we are looking at The Spaces We’re In
Physical urban space and virtual information space are inseparably intertwined. How does being digital change our sense of our spatial surroundings? Can we play in or animate the hybrid or glitched spaces in-between? Is there negative space in cyberspace?!
For this year’s edition of our annual festival, NEoN Digital Arts is asking artists to get to know better the spaces we are in, and consider alternatives uses and futures for them, both virtually and materially. Dundee has always been a city in transition, and the digital media sector continues to be an important part of that reinvention. NEoN will interrogate the materials that make up our built environment – from air and glass, to cardboard and concrete to circuits and steel – and the designed devices we use to navigate it. As buildings and bridges seem to emerge readymade from the screen to real space, NEoN’s programme will help us figure out how “the digital” helps us through the transition, or at least helps us to understand and critique it. The programme of critical exhibitions, performances, and screenings will address the digital mediation and protocols of public and private space, real and virtual space, exploring the visible and invisible layers of the city of Dundee – a rich framework for subjective encounters orchestrated by local, national and international participants.