Digital Art festivals: Assessment and Prospects
In recent years, a wave of newcomers have risen to the surface among digital art festivals. This panel will be gathering festival representatives to assess together the current situation on the workings of these festivals, artistic inspirations, the process of presenting and developing works, economic models, international development, as well as the prospective markets that are being opened up.
Jean-Emmanuel Rosnet [FR – Mirage Festival]
He is co-founder and in charge of artistic program at Mirage Festival. Based in Lyon, the festival has been investigating the links between art and innovation over the past four years. This platform brings together a host of artists and creative minds who actively contribute to the reinvention of artistic practices and their methods of representation through the use of technology. Involving both the public and professionals the festival also provides a place to exchange on the issues raised by these new methods of creation during the Mirage Open Creative Forum.
He is co-founder and artistic director of FIBER. This Amsterdam-based organisation presents, supports and develops artistic productions at the intersection audiovisual art, digital culture and electronic music. FIBER has a special focus on emerging artists and researchers, who are operating from a hybrid background. Thereby building bridges between disciplines, sectors and public. With their work they demonstrate the impact of digital technology on our society and culture. FIBER organises the international FIBER Festival in Amsterdam and the ongoing research event series Coded Matter(s).
Marie du Chastel [BE – KIKK]
Marie du Chastel is coordinating and curating KIKK Festival, an international festival of digital & creative cultures that explores the crossovers between art, science and technology.
She is also facilitator at TRAKK, a new creative hub and Fab Lab in Namur and a member of the Digital Arts Commission of Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.
More recently she has started organizing and curating her own events and founded Heterotopia which organizes contemporary art exhibitions and other art related events in Belgium.
She has a master in Interactive Media from London College of Communication and a master in Communication from IHECS, Brussels.
Shane Walter [UK – onedotzero]
Working in digital for 20 years, Shane is a multi-disciplinary creative director, curator, commissioner and writer. He co-founded onedotzero, the 17-year-old global-reaching digital cultural agency and international festival. He has curated for museums and venues worldwide including Decode for the V&A London, Morderna Museet Stockholm, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, CAFA Beijing, Garage Moscow. He is in demand as a speaker, judge and chair for festivals, conferences, awards and events across digital media, art, design, film and the creative industries.
He has produced and commissioned work from a generation of digital creators across installations, live AV, film, animation and online. He has brought digital culture into the brand world for the likes of Nike, Intel, Google, Acer, and the bands U2, Pet Shop Boys, Rolling Stones, George Michael.