NEoN Digital Arts Festival 2016: 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?

NEoN brings a new media and digital art perspective to Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, by considering these real and virtual environments. International artists will explore and respond to the festival theme and consider alternative uses and futures for ‘The Spaces We’re In’, both virtually and materially. Dundee has always been a city in transition, and the digital media sector continues to be an important part of that reinvention.

'Paperholm', Charles Young, 2014-2016

‘Paperholm’, Charles Young, 2014-2016

NEoN will interrogate the materials that make up our built environment – from air and glass, to cardboard and concrete to circuits and steel – and the designed devices we use to navigate it. As buildings and bridges seem to emerge readymade from the screen to real space, NEoN’s programme will help us figure out how ‘the digital’ helps us through the transition, or at least helps us to understand and critique it.

West Ward Works, the former DC Thomson print works, is to be one of the festival venues and NEoN is very excited about presenting new media art in this vast industrial space. Other venues include CentreSpace within Dundee Contemporary Arts, the Wellgate Shopping Centre, Hannah Maclure Centre and Dundee Science Centre.

When: 09th-13th November 2016

Where: across the city of Dundee

Times for events and exhibitions will vary, please check our website for full details! 

General information:

NeoN Digital Arts is Scotland’s Only Digital Arts Festival, a hybrid mix of exhibitions, installations, new commissions, audio and performance across the city of Dundee, annually every second week of November.

"The Nemesis Machine – From Metropolis to Megalopolis to Ecumenopolis’, Stanza

“The Nemesis Machine – From Metropolis to Megalopolis to Ecumenopolis’, Stanza


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