Lillian F Schwartz – Mis-takes
Entering its 6th edition the NEoN festival of Digital Arts asks, how do you ensure your story is remembered in the future? One tactic is to share it more widely. With a theme of FUTUREPROOFING, this year’s festival looks back across the recent history of digital art at the same time as it tries to share its support for digital art production more widely across Dundee. This year’s festival includes exhibitions of work by international artists, screenings, a mini-symposium, artist talks, workshops and closing night party to which you bring your own digital content and projector.
We are delighted to welcome this year the expertise of guest curator and media art historian Sarah Cook and the support of New Media Scotland, the national development agency fostering artist and audience engagement with all forms of new media practice, who have in turn invited in other exhibition curators including Nora O’Murchu from the Glitch Festival in Dublin, all of whom have helped share the programme of digital art with other festivals and organisations across the city.
This widening of the team means more people – artists and audiences – can experience the ever-fleeting forms of digital art, and ensure its legacy in their own memories. While we all remember our first mobile phone or game console, do we remember the software we experienced on that hardware – and the creative uses to which they are put?
199 years since the birth of Ada Lovelace, who is credited with being the first computer programmer, the flagship exhibition – Coded After Lovelace – brings together the work of pioneering female computer artists who have forged new ground in their respective fields, not only embracing new technologies, but also inventing new forms and uses for them. Coded After Lovelace guest-curated by Nora O’Murchú and Faith Holland seeks to bring greater visibility to the work of women artists who have often been left out of histories of art and technology.
The field of cryonics – the practice of freezing people after their deaths – is explored in an illustrated talk by photographer Murray Ballard. His images in The Immortality Series take the viewer on a journey through the tiny but dedicated international cryonics community who hope that one day medical advances will mean those they are preserving can be brought back to life.
The mini-symposium on Friday 7 November, Show Us Your Assets, brings together academics and artists to debate the best ways of ensuring knowledge about digital art is preserved as well as the works themselves.
The week-long festival will kick off with Smart Materials expert and local artist Sara Robertson’s interactive ‘Crafting Light’ workshop on Sunday 2 November. This will be a chance for anyone interested in wearable technology to learn more about it, the science behind it, and how to craft their very own fibre optic designs.
The festival will close with BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer): a one-night extravaganza that will see 6,944 sq ft of the Vision Building covered from floor-to-ceiling in a patchwork of light, colour and sound. BYOB is an open-source event that was founded by New York based visual artist Rafaël Rozendaal in 2010. The concept is simple: find an exhibition space, invite artists and ask them to bring their projectors. Feature films, animation, performance art and more is projected onto every available surface of the building, in a 360 degree experience that will saturate the viewer’s senses.