NEoN10 Festival

Where: Various venues in the City of Dundee, Scotland

When: 8th-14th November 2010

NEoN 10 is a seven-day international digital arts festival featuring moving image, performance, music and technology driven arts.

The main theme this year is Character. Related concepts include going beyond the agent in a work of art, looking at the fictional aspects of character, observing the character as a symbol, or within sound or written language. Through this focused dimension NEoN intends to explore the notion of collaboration between visual art, information communication, media production and gaming that will expand digital development and knowledge.

NEoN will deliver a packed festival programme of talks, workshops, exhibitions, commissions, screenings, performance and more at many of Dundee’s cultural, business and public spaces.

NEoN is proud to be working with Japanese artist Akinori Oishi, graphics duo TADO and artists from the eponymous Berlin-based project Pictoplasma. This year’s NEoN welcomes the creative input of critically acclaimed and entertaining individuals currently leading their respective fields within film and digital media. The expanding line up features founder of iconic Designers Republic, Ian Anderson, writer and consultant, Pat Kane, interactive & AR designer James Alliban, Digital Producer of Tern TV, Simon Meek and the highly respected Dr. Ken Perlin. The confirmed delegates will examine this year’s curatorial theme ‘character’ with reference to the digital arts and media industry according to their own personal, professional and creative viewpoints. NEoN is also proud to be working with Japanese artist Akinori Oishi, graphics duo TADO and artists from the eponymous Berlin-based project Pictoplasma.

View an interview with Pictoplasma on Fired By Design.

View an interview with James Alliban on Fired By Design

NEoN will exchange knowledge in key areas such as new business models, digital developments and latest production techniques. It will expand on the notion that art, digital media and games communities can come together to explore new collaborations and open up new levels of opportunities. NEoN will showcase new technology, new software and new art forms that will inevitably have a developmental and cultural impact on the sectors context and will encourage growth in many areas.

The website for the festival is at

Highlights of NEoN10

NEoN Literary Creative Writing Workshop exploring character narrative, symbols and characters in literature

Sat 16 Oct 2010, 10am – 5pm, Hannah Maclure Centre

NEoN Salon A gathering of intellectual, social, political, and cultural elites under the roof of an inspiring hostess
or host

Thu 14 Oct 2010, 6pm – 10pm, Ross Maclean’s Ballroom

Thu 21 Oct 2010, 6pm – 10pm, The Art Bar

Thu 28 Oct 2010, 6pm – 10pm, The Brennan Pad

Thu 4 Nov 2010, 6pm – 10pm, The Reading Rooms

NEoN Cinema Mainstream films exploring this year curatorial theme

Fri 5 Nov 2010, 4pm – 10pm, Hannah Maclure Centre

Mon 8 Nov 2010, 4pm – 10pm, Hannah Maclure Centre

NEoN Fun Day A family fun day full of exciting activities

Sat 6 Nov 2010, 10am – 5pm Hannah Maclure Centre

NEoN Digital Park A public park full of digital delightsincluding character rides, gaming, artworks, projections, stalls, themed food

Mon 8 Nov 2010 – Mon 15 Nov 2010, Abertay Student Centre. Open daily times

NEoN Hosts: International App Development Conference & AppJam

Mon 8 Nov 2010 – Wed 10 Nov 2010, Discovery Point

NEoN Conference Cross sector speakers such as Ian Livingstone from EIDOS, Ian Anderson from Designers Republic and artist/entrepreneur Peter Thaler will stimulate debates around development, design and digital character play

Thu 11 Nov 2010 – Fri 12 Nov 2010, 9am – 6pm,
Centre for Excellence, University of Abertay. This event will be ticketed and will be available shortly.

NEoN Networking Networking opportunity for conference delegates

Thu 11 Nov 2010, 6pm – 9pm, venue tbc

NEoN Exhibition Japanese artist Akinori Oishi is a self-confessed ‘drawaholic’ whoimmerses himself in a landscaped playground where hierarchies have disappeared. Oishi is best known for his typographic language that seems to have no beginning or end

Opening Fri 12 6pm – 8pm, Hannah Maclure Centre

Fri 12 Nov 2010 – 28 Jan 2011, Mon – Fri 9.30am – 4.45pm

NEoN Party in the Car Park A evening of experimental performance, music, chip-tune busking, bike light disco, Guerrilla Gallery all in a multi-storey car park.

Sat 13 Nov 2010 8pm – 12pm

*please note programme and venues are subject to change

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