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NEoN Digital Arts Festival

NEoN

7th-12th November 2017. FREE
Across the City of Dundee.

Media Archaeology

NEoN will expand on it being Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, and will unveil hidden histories by working with artists who use the current (and controversial) practice of ‘media archaeology’.

Media archaeologists uncover and reconsider the obsolete, persistent, and hidden material cultures of the technological age - from big data software algorithms to tiny silicon chips.

NEoN proposes that artists are future media archaeologists, recorders of our current information-based society, and time-travellers highlighting the continued relevance of our long past.

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NEoN | All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

Tom Sherman, Learning to see the Laboratory where the machine is programmed.

10th Nov 2016 to 24th Feb 2017. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.
Hannah Maclure Centre, 1-3 Bell Street, Dundee DD1 1HP

This exhibition asks if machines are now recognising and understanding the spaces they inhabit. NEoN’s festival theme, ‘The Spaces We’re In’, questions the differences between virtual and physical space, but are machines and digital technologies programmed to also understand those differences? The works in this group exhibition show us these spaces from the machine's point of view.

Miyu Hayashi, Ruth Kerr, Willy Lemaitre, Tom Sherman.

Atmosphere | Broadway Melody of 1936

Image of 'Broadway Melody of 1936' used with the kind permission of Doctor Macro.

Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 8:30pm. FREE
Mecca Dundee Playhouse, 104-110 Nethergate DD1 4EH

2017 has been designated Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, and as part of Dundee's Community Hogmanay Celebrations we're turning the clock back to 1936 when Art Deco cinema Green's Playhouse first opened to the public on the site of the Mecca bingo hall.

Step inside the iconic tower to watch Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 'Broadway Melody of 1936' as the silver screen returns to the site of the original Playhouse for one night only. Dress like your favourite vintage Hollywood star, and join us for bingo before the main feature from 6:30pm.

FULLY BOOKED

NEoN Digital Arts Festival

NEoN

9th-13th November 2016. FREE
Across the City of Dundee.

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?

Click here for the full 2016 programme.

NEoN, now in its seventh year, emcompasses exhibitions, workshops, talks, performances and screenings. It has established itself as a international platform to showcase digital art. Dundee, always a city in transition, continues to show how digital is an important part of it's reinvention.

Well done @weareneon for an amazing 2016 Festival - showing how design + art can inspire, inform and entertain.

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Atmosphere | Wreck-it Ralph

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Friday 11th November 2016, 7:30 for 8pm. RSVP
Hannah Maclure Centre, 1-3 Bell Street, Dundee DD1 1HP

On the 30th anniversary of the Fix It Felix Jr. arcade game, Ralph is still playing the bad guy. His only job is to wreck the Niceland apartment building, so that Felix can fix it back up again. But there's no piping hot power-up pies for Ralph. He dreams of one day being the hero, and winning a medal.

Rich Moore's brilliantly conceived 2012 Disney animated feature appeals to all ages, with references to video games old and new. With prizes for high scores and best costumes, come explore the spaces inside and between the arcade machines. It'll be everyone's duty to have a sugar rush.

NEoN | JODI: Variable Art for the ZX Spectrum

JODI | Jet Set Willy

1st-28th August 2016, Thurs to Sun, 11am-6pm. FREE
VRC, DCA, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY

As part of the DiGRA FDG games conference, NEoN is proud to present the work of JODI. The artist duo, also known as Jodi.org, is considered one of the most influential artist groups working on the Web and they are important pioneers in the artistic manipulation of videogames.

The exhibition features JODI’s experiments based on the ZX Spectrum, the 8-bit home computer that was manufactured in Dundee. It includes their programmes written in the computer language BASIC and their modification of ‘Jet Set Willy’, the 80s platform game.

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Alt-w | Paperholm

Paperholm Group

Cycle 11 Alt-w Production Award -
Charles Young
www.paperholm.com

An exploration of architecture through the daily production of tiny models from 200gsm watercolour paper. A new building or structure is designed, made, recorded and published online each day, often as an animated gif.

Click here to see the latest model.

The models were combined into an installation that presented a city located on an imaginary archipelago. Visitors to the Travelling Gallery were behind the wheel on the bridge of a ship sailing towards these islands.

NEoN | Coded After Lovelace

Garden of Emoji Delights (Detail), Carla Gannis, 2013.

3rd November 2014 to 6th March 2015, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm.
Hannah Maclure Centre, 1-3 Bell Street, Dundee DD1 1HP

Coded After Lovelace offers a survey of art that critically reflects on the creative use of technology, its development and limitations. From the room-sized computers of the Bell Labs era to the tablet-based work of today.

The exhibition seeks to bring greater visibility to the work of women artists who have often been left out of histories of art and technology. Coded After Lovelace also creates a new lineage across artists of different generations.

Artists include Bureau of Inverse Technology, Carla Gannis, Claudia Hart, Olia Lialina, Lorna Mills, Rosa Menkman, Lillian F Schwartz, Erica Scourti and Cornelia Sollfrank. Curated by Nora O’Murchu and Faith Holland.

NEoN | Show Us Your Assets

NEoN | Show Us Your Assets

Friday 7th November 2014, 10:30am-4:30pm.
Malmaison, 44 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee DD1 4AY

As part of the NEoN Digital Art Festival this mini symposium on futureproofing the digital arts invites art historians, academic researchers, archivists and artists to debate tactics for ensuring legacy for moving image and media art in all its analogue and digital manifestations.

Laura Leuzzi (REWINDItalia), Donna Holford-Lovell (NEoN), Mark Daniels (New Media Scotland), Thomson & Craighead (artists), Nora O’Murchu (University of Limerick), Sarah Cook (DJCAD/CRUMB), Gregor White (Abertay University), Prof. Stephen Partridge (DJCAD/REWIND) and Luke Collins (Lux Scotland).

FULLY BOOKED

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Alt-w | Ei Wada

Ei Wada

12th Nov to 4th Dec 2015, Mon-Sun 10am-6pm.
DCA, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY

Cycle 10 Alt-w Production Award -
NEoN Digital Arts Festival
www.northeastofnorth.com

Ei Wada creates installations, musical compositions and performances by combining computer-controlled analog appliances such as reel-to-reel tape recorders or cathode ray tube TV sets with live instruments and helium balloons.

He performs with both the Open Reel Ensemble and the Braun Tube Jazz Band and has presented work worldwide at festivals including Ars Electronica, Japan Media Art Festival, SIGGRAPH, Sónar and Transmediale.