We wrote a lot about new media art and digital art in the last couple of weeks and months. Covering this important part of contemporary art is crucial if we want to understand the most recent developments in the world of art. It’s impossible to have a discussions about contemporary art without digital art having in mind. Today, we already have a huge number of great artists that are working in numerous new media art fields, such as computer art, CGI art or video art. With every day, the number of digital art exhibitions has been increasing, while art collectors are becoming more interested in this art movement, despite the obstacles that appear while collecting digital artworks. Anyway, there is no way to be completely updated with current contemporary art practice, without knowing what’s happening within the field of new media art and digital art.
New media art – including digital art, computer art, interactive art, and so on – has very important feature which differentiate this art genre from other, more “traditional” art movements. It’s closely linked with digital technology, computers, innovations, design, and sometimes it’s not easy to exhibit digital artworks (for example) at galleries. There are always some innovations in the world of new media art and digital art, and both artists, designers, as well as the audience, have to learn more about these innovations, before new artworks are being created. So, digital art practitioners, enthusiasts, experts in technology and other fields organize so-called digital art festivals. These festivals gather people from different background; but they usually serve as a tool for presentation of new innovations in the field of new media art. They could be understood as some sort of art fairs, although they are not so market-oriented. We selected ten digital art festivals you should follow, and if you take a look, you will better understand what these festivals are really about. Scroll down, and find out!
NODE Forum for Digital Arts
NODE Forum for Digital Arts is a biennial festival that has been bringing creative coders and digital artists together since 2008. It’s taking place in Frankfurt, Germany, a week-long rush of A/V performances and exhibitions by artists of the digital and analog media scene from around the world, packed with hands-on vvvv workshops where the participants learn how to build and program stuff, and lectures and talks by artists, scientists and technologists reporting on their work, the arts and their implications on our culture and society. The next NODE Forum for Digital Arts will take place in 2017.
Featured Images: Antony Rayzhekov and Katharina Koelle – Performance 10VE (courtesy of NODE Facebook page); Quayola and Sinigaglia with music by Vanessa Wagner – Ravel Landscapes (courtesy of NODE Facebook Page)
FutureEverything is an award-winning innovation lab for digital culture and annual festival, established in Manchester in 1995. As one of the world-leaders in the digital art sector, FutureEverything commissions artists to illustrate new ideas through creative prototypes, interactive design and participative experiences. The festival brings people together to discover, share and experience new ideas for the future. Pioneering the practice of city-wide ‘festival as laboratory’, it combines a large scale cultural event – encompassing art, music and discussion – with new technology, novel research methods and playful social experiments.
Featured Images: FutureEverything (courtesy of the Facebook page of the festival); FutureEverything, Photo Manox Media (courtesy Facebook page of the festival)
Electrofringe is a platform for experimental electronic and tech-based art in Australia. Through an annual program of unique exhibitions and events, Electrofringe seeks to foster innovative works and creative practices that use technology in new and exciting ways. Electrofringe focuses on putting artists and their works in the same place at the same time to encourage artistic exchange, development and dialogue. During its 2015 edition, Electrofringe presented the best emerging, experimental electronic and tech-based art, sound and performance from around Australia. For one day only, 30 artists came together at 107 Projects to exhibit, perform, share and test-drive work and ideas.
Featured Images: Tully Arnot – Meadow. Electrofringe, Ohoto Studio Impressions Photography (courtesy Facebook Page of the Festival);Josh Harle at Electrfringe 2015, standing in front of a digital graffiti tunnel (courtesy Facebook page of the festival)
STRP is a platform that brings together art, technology and experimental pop culture and connects them to wide and interested audiences. With its interactive art, light art, robotics, performances, experimental music and films, lectures and workshops STRP offers a glimpse into the near and sometimes distant future of our technology-driven culture. The highlight is the biennial. Held every other year, it is the most versatile indoor art and technology festival in the Netherlands, and maybe in Europe even.
Featured Image: Joanie Lemercier and James Ginzburg – BLPRNT, Photo Cloakture Photography, STRP Biennial 2015 (courtesy of the Facebook page of the festival);
MUTEK Barcelona was founded in 2009, and its main mission is the organization of the MUTEK festival, that takes place every year. The festival gives an opportunity for local and international audience to see the latest digital creations, as well as works by emerging and established artists. The seventh edition of the MUTEK Barcelona Festival will take place from March 2 until March 5, 2016.
Featured Images: Mutek Barcelona (courtesy Facebook page of the festival)
Resonate Festival is taking place every year in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival lasts for six days and provides an overview of current situation in the fields of music, visual arts and digital culture. Guest artists, lecturers and other participants are chosen to represent the cutting edge of the contemporary creative industry in the world. Some of the world’s most famous figures from new media art regularly participate at Resonate Festival, while the Festival usually takes place in spring.
Featured Images: Resonate Festival (courtesy Facebook Page of the festival); Olga Bell at Resonate (courtesy Facebook Page of the Festival)
OFFF is probably one of the most renowned digital and design art festivals in the world. It’s not only a digital art festival, but also a festival hosting innovative and international speakers. OFFF functions also as a meeting point for all talents around the world to collaborate. Although it is more focused on motion and graphic designers, many participants of the OFFF festival are coming from the field of digital art. The next edition of the OFFF will take place from May 26 until May 28, 2016 in Barcelona.
Featured Image: OFFF Festival (courtesy of offf.ws)
transmediale is an annual festival for media art and digital culture taking place for one week in February in Berlin, Germany. The festival engages in reflective, aesthetic and speculative positions in between art, technology and culture. It seeks to express a critical understanding of technology as being more than the digital world as well as of the cultural as being more than what emerges from within institutionalized fields of production. This digital art festival is a must-see event for everyone interested in digital art and digital culture. The 29th edition of transmediale takes place from 2 to 7 February 2016 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.
Featured Images: transmediale (courtesy of transmediale.com); Absolut /incompatible: Joshua Light Show featuring Manual Göttsching (Ash Ra Tempel, ashra.com) [courtesy of phuturama.de]
onedotzero is a cultural leader curating and producing memorable and engaging events, exhibitions and experiences. The Festival’s commitment and credibility is applied with deep curatorial experience to create sensory experiences that are on-brand, current and instill a sense of true excitement around digital culture. onedotzero commissions and produces content across various platforms including motion graphics, animation, short films, visual entertainment, print and interactive installations. onedotzero takes places every year in London, UK.
Featured Images: onedotzero
ZERO1 is a Silicon Valley arts organization. It connects creative explorers in art, science, and technology to provoke new ideas that shape a more resilient future. Working with some of the most fertile and creative minds from the worlds of art, science, design, architecture, and technology, ZERO1 produces the ZERO1 Biennial, an international showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology and the ZERO1 Fellowship program where principles of artistic creativity are applied to real world innovation challenges. The majority of the ZERO1 activities takes place in California.