NEoN’s React: Open for Submissions!

NEoN Digital Arts Festival‘s theme this year is REACT. It will be exploring how artists use digital systems to create change within our social and political realities. NEoN was founded in 2009, and with every annual edition of the festival has hosted an artist-led symposium.

This year, there will be an expanded 3-day symposium and interconnected activities entitled, Re@ct: Social Change Art Technology (from the 6th to the 8th November 2019), chaired by Professor Joseph DeLappe (Abertay University, Dundee), Professor Sarah Cook (University of Glasgow) and Dr Laura Leuzzi (DJCAD, University of Dundee).

The festival will be accepting submissions for the following:

  • Papers, Panels and Presentations
    Papers, panels and presentations that investigate, assess, contextualise, critique, question and ultimately engage digital art and activism. Selected papers from the symposium will be published in the peer-reviewed journal Media-N Journal of the New Media Caucus in a special issue expected to be published in Spring 2021. Submit title and abstract for a 20 minute paper in pdf format (max 250 words). Include your name, 200-word bio, 2 page CV, affiliation, email and website(s).
  • Actions, Performances, Temporal Works:
    Temporal works, street actions, mobile engagements and creative interventions that could enhance and expand upon the themes of the festival and symposium. Modest “Action Grants” ranging from £250-£500 are available to help facilitate such proposals. Submit title and description of your proposed action in pdf format (max 250 words). Include name(s), 200 word bio(s), 2 page CV(s), affiliation(s), email(s) and website(s).
  • Workshops
    Creatively involve and engage festival attendees and the community towards participation, activation and agency. Provide title and description of your workshop in pdf format (max 250 words). Include name(s), 200 word bios, 2 page CV, affiliation(s), email(s) and website(s).

Many artists involved in digital arts have historically been prompted to react and respond to local, national, global, social and political crises (i.e. around issues of environmentalism, gender equality, exploitation, colonialism, militarism, emancipation). Re@ct will be a platform to critically examine the relevance and impact of past and present practices, theories and strategies – to engage an uncertain future through an exploration of the creative potential of digital art.

Rather than a typical academic symposium, this is instead an opportunity to engage with a broadened context of action – each day will involve multiple venues, talks, panels, walks, actions and performances spanning the city of Dundee, and in context of NEoN’s Festival format.

Submissions and proposals from creative practitioners and theoreticians from different perspectives and approaches including artists, activists, curators, art historians and designers, are welcomed!


DEADLINE: July 5th, 2019, 5pm GMT

Read more details about the process here. For questions or further information please email.


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