We are thrilled to welcome you to the tenth edition of NEoN Digital Arts Festival, happening across Dundee next week, from Tuesday 6th to Sunday 11th of November. With our theme of lifespans, our programme showcases works of art and design that consider humankind's ongoing relationship with technology, and with the limits of time itself.
Our exhibitions, workshops, performances and live events envision the paths of ‘digital natives’, those born in the 1990s into an Internet and digitally-enabled world. This first generation of the post-human are reimagining what it will mean to be human in a technologically-enhanced future. Our programme investigates how this affects our perception of lifespans – our social-digital lives online, our real-world, biological lives offline, and even our virtual afterlives.
With generous support from Creative Scotland, and Event Scotland as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People, key highlights of NEoN’s programme include:
Premiere of a new work by artists AL and AL, which reimagines the birth of Isaac Newton and the creation of time itself, situated under the nursery rhyme clock in the Wellgate Shopping Centre.
Deliberately idiosyncratic and natural rhythm-driven wifi routers in Dundee’s Botanic Garden by designer Tega Brain.
Premiere of a new work by artists Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Phillip Andrew Lewis which considers the creation of genetically modified memorial plants at LifeSpace gallery.
Performance of a new piece by Sistema and Tinderbox based on the Zelda video game soundtrack.
Talks by artists and researchers about online lifespans including the web’s first internationally known virtual character, Mouchette.
First screenings in Scotland of amazing and inspiring short video and animation works by international artists including Francois Knoetze, Keiichi Matsuda and Floris Kaayk and others.
An expanded screening - with costumes - of Disney Pixar’s Coco, with a very special post-screening talk by Pixar’s head of animation, Michael Frederickson.
Our annual NEoN at Night performance party with special guests Art of the Memory Palace and visuals by video game designer and artist Cassie McQuater.