Theme 2013

Spaces in Between
3rd-9th November 2013

Wet Sounds by Joel Cahen

In the context of the changing landscape of Dundee this year’s NEoN festival will be exploring the ‘spaces in between’. As we move out of the industrial unionised landscape and create collective cultural cities we will be exploring the space and balance between historic fabric, urban planning and ‘progressive’ design.

Audio art in a swimming pool and digital dance projections are just two of the highlights of the NEoN Digital Arts Festival programme for 2013, revealed to the public today (Monday 7 October).

Dundee’s new Olympia swimming pool will be the location for a spectacular audio performance, Wet Sounds by Joel Cahen, with underwater speakers playing sounds recorded by the public earlier in the same week.

Sound travels 4.5 times faster underwater – revealing an unexpectedly clear, immediate experience for those brave enough to bring their swimming costume and jump in!

The festival finale, Forever Falling Nowhere, draws on the psychedelic patterns created by the kaleidoscope, which was invented by Sir David Brewster in Scotland in 1816.

Dance company Smallpetitklein and digital animation experts from Abertay University have created a unique work, combining dance, animation and projection mapping.

Clare Brennan, NEoN Festival organiser and Abertay University lecturer, said: “NEoN is Scotland’s only Digital Arts Festival and all the team have been working incredibly hard to make this the most exciting, spectacular week of events yet.

“As all of Dundee gets behind the bid to become UK City of Culture 2017, it’s been a delight to bring together experts in animation, audio art, dance and design to create some very special one-off events here in the city.”

The festival will also host the latest V&A at Dundee Digital Mash event, bringing together Dundee’s different creative communities to influence the digital plans for the forthcoming museum.

This Digital Mash event, the fourth in the series, will welcome the V&A’s first ever Game Designer in Residence, Sophia George, to explore digital interpretation in the museum world – online, on-site and off-site.

Other events include a craft workshop and art walk, a workshop exploring Dundee’s history of creativity, a collection of light-controlled synthesizers playing in a smoke-filled corridor, and an evening of experimental films.