[NetBehaviour] Invitation to NEoN Festival in Dundee (Scotland!)

Sarah Cook (Staff) s.e.z.cook at dundee.ac.uk
Fri Nov 6 19:41:02 CET 2015

Dear all,

Scotland’s only festival dedicated to showcasing digital art, is soon to highlight an eye-opening range of digital and electronic art from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan all across the city of Dundee from the 8th to 14th November.

This year NEoN Festival (North East of North) looks to Asia and is bringing to the UK internationally renowned artists including Ei Wada, TaeYoon Choi, Eric Siu, Shu Lea Cheang, performance duo Usaginingen and artist group IDPW, many of whom have not presented their work in Scotland before. Also showing work and participating in exhibitions, Pecha Kucha talks, an academic mini symposium, and hands-on workshops are artists Yin-Ju Chen, Ah-bin Shim, Manny Ling and Jung In Jung. A screening programme, including outdoor projections by Internet-famous artists Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries, and a new work about Chinese bitcoin mining by UBERMORGEN, will additionally include work by a range of Japanese and Chinese artists working today including Mineo Aayamaguchi, Akiko Hada, Sun Xun, Xin Ding, Michelle Lee Proksell, Lang Tu, Wang Xin, Lulu Li and Ophelia S. Chan.

Full programme is online at www.northeastofnorth.com<http://www.northeastofnorth.com>, and you might want to follow our Haikubot on Twitter (@neonhaiku) which is reading the local news in The Courier newspaper and finding unexpected poetry.

In particular, I'd like to bring to your attention the mini symposium on Friday November 13th: Rethinking Art's Digital Futures

The NEoN Festival mini-symposium this year is focused on the intersection of tradition and craft with the digital transformation of art and design. Artists participating in the festival will reflect on their own processes, demonstrating influences of ways of working from the disparate and shared heritage practices of the North East of North Asia including Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, China and South Korea. While the West often looks to the East for visions of the future in the form of science fiction or new intelligent robotic gadgets it is also in the east where tradition is more keenly understood and practiced, with NEoN festival featuring works in hand drawn animation, shadow puppetry, and poetry. How do artists and designers sustain their inherited traditional practices in a time of digital transformation - with audiences ever-shortening attention spans, networked memory, and a reliance on mediated digital assets to tell the story for us? Our global interconnectedness means we are influenced as much by what is going on on the other side of the globe as by what is happening in their own neighbourhood. The symposium will start with an address by Dr. Charlotte Frost, who will connect her scholarship around new ways of creating an art history of the present, with recent events in the contemporary art scene in Hong Kong and the Umbrella Revolution. Four sessions will then consider broad shared themes of Language, Time, Experience and Sound, from both an Asian and European perspective to see how the digital has changed traditional cultural practices of making and doing. This symposium will address how cultural influence affects making, how artistic traditions mutate, while shining a critical light on the practices of artists and designers working within a digitally transformed worldview.

Supported by the AHRC Digital Transformations Theme Leader Fellowship

Speakers include artist and net art pioneer Shu Lea Cheang, professor of creative technologies Jon Rogers, performance artist Eric Siu, Dr. Manny Ling from the International Research Centre for Calligraphy, performance duo Usaginigen, artist Ah-bin Shim, filmmaker Mat Fleming, and artist Jung In Jung. Karin de Wild is working with us as one of the day's moderators.

The symposium is free to attend and runs from 10am-4pm.

NEoN Digital Arts Festival runs from this Sunday the 8th to the 14th of November, and the full programme is online at www.northeastofnorth.com<http://www.northeastofnorth.com>




Dr. Sarah Cook
Dundee Fellow
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
University of Dundee

Visual Research Centre (VRC)
Dundee Contemporary Arts
152 Nethergate
Dundee  DD1 4DY

01382 385247
s.e.z.cook at dundee.ac.uk<mailto:s.e.z.cook at dundee.ac.uk>


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