Media Release: Digital arts festival, NEoN, reveals the first of its confirmed speakers

INTERNATIONAL digital arts festival, NEoN, has announced the first wave of inspiring speakers and delegates confirmed to take part in the two day NEoN conference as part of the wider NEoN festival on Thursday 11 November and Friday 12 November, 2010 in Dundee.

The NEoN festival this year will feature a host of well known and talented individuals within the digital arts world.

Speakers at the conference will include creative director of leading digital arts organisation, Folly, Kathryn Lambert; multimedia artist, Akinori Oishi; design duo Peter Thaler and Lars Denicke of Pictoplasma; member of the Chaos Computer Club, Tim Pritlove; and performative visual instrument Tagtool producer, Matthias Fritz aka IINK.

Speakers will address this year’s curatorial theme ‘character’ according to their own personal interpretation and its relevance to their specific fields of interest.

The NEoN festival organising group is excited by the calibre and diversity of this year’s speakers.

Chair of the organising committee, Donna Holford-Lovell is thrilled to announce the first part of this year’s line-up and feels optimistic that the selection of speakers and delegates will prompt interesting debate during the two day NEoN conference speaker events and engaging sessions.

“We are looking forward to building upon the success of last year’s NEoN conference. It is set to be bigger and better and I believe the quality of speakers reflects this.

“It is fundamental to get the views of those involved in the arts professionally and to examine their personal interpretation of this year’s theme.

The eclectic mix of speakers will no doubt prove that the digital arts crosses many sectors and presents an exciting range of innovation and opportunity for all involved,” explained Holford-Lovell.

Set to inspire and entertain the conference audiences, the recently confirmed group of highly-respected speakers at the NEoN conference will draw upon their own experiences and expertise in the digital arts and media fields to facilitate stimulating discussions focusing upon this year’s curatorial theme, ‘character’.

Already one of the highlights of the NEoN festival, the full line up of speakers and delegates involved with the NEoN conference will continue to be announced over the coming weeks.

The NEoN conference will take place in the Centre of Excellence, University of Abertay, Dundee on Thursday 11 November and Friday 12 November, between 9am and 6pm and tickets available for booking now at

For a full programme of NEoN events, visit

For further NEoN festival information, visit the NEoN website at, join the NEoN community, or follow the festival on twitter @weareneon.



Helen Reid

Revolver PR


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Donna Holford-Lovell



Notes to editors:

North East of North (NEoN) is an international digital arts festival featuring moving image, performance, music and technology driven arts. The over-arching curatorial theme for 2010 is Character: evaluating the abstracted or physical agent in a work of art; investigation of the fictional or psychological systems; observation of the unit of information, symbol, sound or written language.

Through this focused dimension NEoN intends to explore the notion of collaboration between visual art, information communication, media production and gaming that will expand digital development and knowledge. (

NEoN was created by Interactive Tayside (

Interactive Tayside is a partnership between public, private and academic sectors to develop and promote Tayside’s digital media industry.

NEoN is sponsored by: Angus & Dundee City Council, Event Scotland, National Lottery Awards for All, The Japan Foundation, Creative City Challenge, Scottish Enterprise & the North Sea Screen Partnership.

Partners include: Interactive Tayside, Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre (DCA), Dundee City Council, The University of Abertay, Dundee College, Hungy Boy, Realtime Worlds, Revolver PR, Red Pepper Events, Simultaneita & Insight Innovations.

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