Plug In to NEoN Digital Arts 2021

Dundee's NEoN Digital Arts Festival returns with a hybrid programme that harnesses the power of arts communities both on and offline

Article by Anahit Behrooz | 29 Oct 2021
  • NeON Digital Arts Festival

Taking place on our screens and throughout Dundee in early November, the theme of this year's NEoN Digital Arts Festival is Wired Woman: think plenty of boundary-pushing art and performance exploring the digital gender divide and the invaluable contribution of women and non-binary artists in shaping all things tech and art related. We've picked some of our highlights from the festival below – take a peek and head to NEoN's website to book into your favourite of the stacked programme's events. All events require booking but are absolutely free of charge.

Water Makes Us Wet

Screening + Q&A, online, 1 Nov, 6pm
In celebration of Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle's exhibition Assuming the Exosexual Position, NEoN will be screening their lyrical film Water Makes Us Wet, a wry, warm examination of the pleasure and politics of water and the power of ecosexuality in addressing the climate crisis. The screening will be followed by a dynamic Q&A with the artists.

Taking Space

Digital, online and Dundee, 10-30 Nov
This collaboration between theatre company hidden route, theatremaker Hayley Blakeman and NEoN creatively explores the boundaries around women's safety online. Through in-depth workshops held with women and girls across Dundee's communities, this project will culminate in a series of striking artistic digital provocations exhibited online and across Dundee's public spaces.

Gathering Multitudes: A Bag of Stars

Online, 10-13 Nov
A uniquely collaborative mode of online world-making, this gorgeously designed game by artist Padmini Ray Murray explores the data commons through a metaphor of seeds and growing. Users will be able to upload items in order to see their digital plants grow, all while thinking through ideas of data ownership and exploitation.


Overgate Shopping Centre, 10-13 Nov, 10am-4pm
Camille Baker's new multi-sensory, immersive art piece is a staggering, unforgettable look at the intersection between women and healthcare, examining Baker's own experience being diagnosed with a post-reproductive disease. Incorporating Virtual Reality, soundscapes, and haptic elements, this installation is a rallying cry for improved research and attention.

AI: A Future of Autobiography

Online, 6 Nov, 11am
This workshop by School of Cyborg and research centre HER: She Loves Data explores the relationship between humans and AI, asking how living and not living beings can interact in creative and productive ways. Drawing on both theoretical and practical strategies, AI: A Future of Autobiography offers a dynamic consideration of how our identities and positions can be formed and shaped by technological tools.

NEoN Digital Arts Festival, Dundee, 10-13 Nov, free