An original outdoor digital animation and art festival is about to make its debut at Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC). SUPERNOVA, hosted by Denver Digerati and Denver Theater District, is a unique event that brings digital animation and motion-based art to the community.  Its creator, Denver Digerati, commission programs that aim to push the boundaries of public art with the use of new technologies and LED screens showcasing the talent of digital artists through innovative media and events. SUPERNOVA is Denver Deigerati’s newest endeavor into these digital advances in art.

SUPERNOVA will take place on September 24 at the DPAC and will incorporate LED screens on 14th Street, at both Champa and Arapahoe, simultaneously beginning at 4 p.m. and continuing until 11 p.m. Three jurors—chosen because of their international artistic works in the fields of new media and contemporary digital motion graphics—will honor winning pieces in a competition screening at the DPAC Galleria. Jurors will include, Claudia Maté, Jonathan Monaghan and Morehshin Allahyari.

The seven-hour festival will also include hour-long programs and an all-day educational forum. The educational forum will be a limited-attendance, ticketed event with special presentations by the jurors and Festival Director Ivar Zeile. Along with these presentations, ticketed patrons will be privy to professional critiques, panel discussions and small-screen art events all at the Commons on Champa Innovation Center. For a complete line-up of the educational forums, click here. Finally, the festival will culminate in musical performances by Thug Entrancer and Milton Melvin Marvin Croissant III.

SUPERNOVA offers Denver a glimpse into the future of public artistic expression through digital animation and art. This event is sure to engage audiences of all ages. Read on for festival programming highlights.14324658_1119139261489826_4997689146843828652_o

History of Denver Digerati

Where: 14th and Champa LED Screen

When: 4 p.m.

The Lowdown: A feature on the history of Denver Digerati and highlights from their five years of programming. There will also be selections from Denver Digerati’s Friday Flash program and their commissioned artist program.

Everything Abstract

Where: 14th and Arapahoe LED Screen

When: 4 p.m.

The Lowdown: Abstract digital works from international visual art pioneers.

Solo Artist Spotlight: John Butler

Where: 14th and Champa LED Screen

When: 5 p.m.

The Lowdown: Seven works will be presented from John Butler’s ongoing series portraying his vision of a NeoFeudal age through what he calls “Solid State Cinema”, which uses 3D animation, motion capture and digital audio and text-to-speech web-based applications.

Photo courtesy of Denver Digerati on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Denver Digerati on Facebook.

Solo Artist Spotlight: Adam Ferriss

Where: 14th and Arapahoe LED Screen

When: 5 p.m.

The Lowdown: Adam Ferriss will present his 51-minute exploration, “Condensed Energy”, a commentary on celebrity.

Student Shorts and Animation for All Ages

Where: 14th and Champa LED SCREEN

When: 6 p.m.

The Lowdown: Denver Digerati’s most popular program, “Kid Wonder,” was first presented to engage younger audiences and bring the digital art experience to life for growing minds.

Local Spotlight/UCD Screen

Where: 14th and Arapahoe LED Screen

When: 6 p.m.

The Lowdown: SUPERNOVA’s exclusive Education and Galaxy Sponsor CU Denver will feature local works by the Univeristy’s College of Arts and Media.

Director’s Picks

Where: 14th and Champa LED Screen

When: 7 p.m.

The Lowdown: One hour of digital animations that will feature a myriad of genres curated by Festival Director Ivar Zeile.

Machinima and Gaming Related Art

Where: 14th and Arapahoe LED Screen

When: 7 p.m.

The Lowdown: One hour of works featuring gaming culture and showcasing its influence on digital animation.

Juried Competition

Where: DPAC Galleria/14th and Champa/14th and Arapahoe LED Screens

When: 8 p.m.

The Lowdown: SUPERNOVA’s core event featuring 18 works selected from the Film Freeway portal from this summer. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three digital shorts.

Music Videos

Where: 14th and Champa LED Screen

When: 9:30 p.m.

The Lowdown: A feature of ongoing collaborations of music and digital art.

Come be a part of the digital art revolution that is ushering the creative world into the future and exciting spectators of all ages. Denver Digerati, with the support of Denver Arts and Venues Next Stage NOW!, the Denver Theater District, CU Denver, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, the Biennial of the Americas, Orange Barrel Media and WeedenLaw brings Denver a whole new way to experience public art.

 

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