Extended Submission Deadline: 20 May 2020; Decisions: 15 June 2020
NEoN Digital Arts Festival is dedicated to showcasing artworks that critically engage with digital and media technologies. This year, NEoN is collaborating with The Indeterminacy Project, DJCAD, University of Dundee, to support a series of projects by emerging digital artists. We are seeking to commission artists at the first stages of their career (regardless of age) whose works engage with any aspect of the project theme of indeterminacy and NEoN 2020 festival’s theme of Share, Share Alike.
We seek project proposals that suggest connections and commonalities between sharing and indeterminacy. We casually use the word ‘share’ to describe distributing images, stories and info across social media networks, but what responsibilities come with sharing resources today? Can digital tools help us understand our collective needs and make better, fairer choices? Sharing suggests ownership, and yet inclusivity, generosity, accessibility, and holding in common. Indeterminacy designates the interplay of design and chance, system and impulse, repeatability and irreversibility. Indeterminacy is a vibrant dynamic of change. Proposals can address but are not limited to the role of error and excess in cultural memory; erasure as tracing (every form of erasure leaves a trace in the world, analogue or digital); multiple temporalities and their relationship to media archaeology (e.g. photography, film, analogue video, digital art); computers as inherently re-iterative, indeterminate and connected machines.
Successful applicants will be offered a fee of £500 (to cover all production costs and materials) and will be featured during the festival at NOMAS Projects, a publicly accessible window exhibition space. Artworks can be physically or virtually present within the festival. Proposals can engage the NOMAS windows as the site for projects, however it is important to understand that we are not seeking to commission “window works”: the intent is to seed projects in various forms, the window spaces will be available to feature the results whether in actual form or as documentation of commissioned works. This could be in the form of images, texts, objects or videos, though due to the nature of the venue, please note that any video or moving image work will be displayed without sound.
Deadline: 20th of May, 2020
Awards Announced: 15th of June, 2020
Projects Completed: 1st of October, 2020
Joseph DeLappe, Professor of Games and Tactical Media, Abertay University, Associate Curator, NEoN, Dundee
Dr. Laura Leuzzi, Research Fellow, DJCAD, University of Dundee
Adam Lockhart, New Media Researcher and Archivist, DJCAD, University of Dundee
Dr Natasha Lushetich, Professor of Contemporary Art & Theory, University of Dundee