‘Saving the best till last’ takes on a whole new meaning on Saturday 12th November as the NEoN 11 Finale takes over the entire city in a nine-hour extravaganza of sound and light! After a week of amazing events, workshops and talks the NEoN team have programmed a ‘Doors Open Day’ with a difference – placing exciting works of art in a range of historical buildings in the city. Here’s a run down of the day’s events, some of which have sold out so be quick to book your place on the remainder……….
12.30 – Join NEoN for lunch at The Shore at the bottom of Castle Street. Built in 1828 this building has had a variety of uses over the years including being a Mason’s Temple and a music hall. In the main room there will be a screening of Rachel Maclean’s eye-popping video for the Phantom Band’s ‘Everybody Knows It’s True’ as well as other examples of this very talented Scottish visual artist’s work. At the same time small groups of people will be taken deep down into the basement of the building where Glasgow-based Drone artist Noma will be creating a vast ambient soundscape using obsolete household equipment such as blenders, hairdryers and shavers all fed through guitar pickups and amplified to oblivion. Food will be provided. Book tickets here.
2.00 – Screening of emerging artists and film makers work at Dundee Backpackers Hostel, followed by a special preview of local film-maker Dylan Drummonds homage to the Dundee Northern Soul scene – ‘Keep The Faith’. Formerly a unique complex of listed building dating from around 1560, the building fell into disrepair for years until it’s recent award winning re-development. Book tickets here.
4.00 – Old Steeple Church, Nethergate – Sound Artist Tom Demajo will turn this spectacular old tower into an enormous resonator for a series of field recordings he made in the bell tower and other rooms in the building. SOLD OUT.
5.00 – Korean Sound Designer Jung-In alongside Digital Composer Matt Collings presents a unique collaboration with dancer Tamsyn Russel and choreographer Skye Reynolds. Using hacked game controllers the dancer will sculpt sound in real time using gesture and movement. No booking required and food will be provided. The bar will also be open.
7.00 – Mills Observatory plays host to a live performance in the dome by Stephan Blomeier, preceded by a talk and planetarium show. SOLD OUT.
8.00 – Journey To The Law – LED’s, movement, sound and image will bring to life one of Dundee’s most loved landmarks. Using 60 local dancers this large-scale performance takes its references from this years festival theme, collaboration and the nature of complex patterns created from interaction. With choreographed glowing hands moving to an original score produced by local musicians Andrew Mitchell and Raz Ullah, this promises to be a highly-charged and powerful visual experience. No tickets required.