OUTDOOR FESTIVAL OF DIGITAL ANIMATION AND ART
The inaugural edition of SUPERNOVA Digital Animation and Art Festival took place September 24th in the Denver Theater District in Denver, Colorado. The festival brings together works from leading artists across the world for a celebration of today's most contemporary digital animation and art, all presented free to the public on large-scale LED screens, a competition section with significant cash awards, and an all-day education featuring three renowned international artists, and a closing multi-media performance by Thug Entrancer and Milton Croissant III, Supernova presented an experience like no other anywhere in the world today.
2016 INAUGURAL FESTIVAL JURORS
PUBLIC SCREENINGSFree for anyone, we recommend showing up early for best spot to watch
4:00PM CHAMPA LED HISTORY OF DENVER DIGERATIBest-of Denver Digerati's five years of programming including selections from Friday Flash and our commissioned artist program. A glimpse into how and why this all started.
ARAPAHOE LED EVERYTHING ABSTRACTConstantly moving and changing abstract digital artworks by visual pioneers from around the world.
5:00PM CHAMPA LED SOLO ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: JOHN BUTLERBUK based artist John butler is a pioneer of what he calls "Solid State Cinema," utilizing 3D animation, motion capture, digital audio and text to speech applications for a digital moving image form that is native to the web. His vision of a NeoFeudal age is singular and entrancing, fully propelled by by computational speed and his own sophisticated use of technology. Supernova will present 7 cohesive works from his ongoing series spanning 2004-2016.
ARAPAHOE LED SOLO ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ADAM FERRISSAdam Ferris proves that the cult of celebrity through entertainment, politics, leadership and religion, has never been more grotesque than it is today, in his amusing, surreal 51 minute exploration “Condensed Energy”
6:00PM CHAMPA LED STUDENT SHORTS and ANIMATION FOR ALL AGES“Kid Wonder” was one of Denver Digerati’s most popular programs, first presented in 2014. Animation is an art form that transcends age-barriers, commonly providing delight for audiences of all ages to enjoy, one of the greatest factors in our belief that digital animation is the perfect future of public art. Kids, teenagers, young adults, literally everyone will find works to fully appreciate and embrace in this thoughtfully curated program.
ARAPAHOE LED LOCAL SPOTLIGHT / UCD SCREENSupernova turns over the 14th and Arapahoe LED screen to our Galaxy Sponsor UC Denver, featuring works by the University's professors, students and others from within the local community that are working with a wide variety of digital tools and formats to bring the city fully into the digital age.
7:00PM CHAMPA LED DIRECTOR’S PICKS1 hour of digital animations of all variety’s, curated by Festival director Ivar Zeile through ongoing research as well as our submission portal.
ARAPAHOE LED MACHINIMA & GAMING RELATED ART1 hour of works that reflect gaming culture and its ever widening influence on digital animation and art being developed today.
8:00PM ALL SCREENS SUPERNOVA JURIED COMPETITIONThe core of Supernova is within the competition screening, featuring some of the most daring, exciting, awe-inspiring digital animations from around the world today. Competition selections will be shown on a constructed LED screen within the Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria, as well as simultaneously on the 14th Street LED screens at Champa and Arapahoe. Three cash prizes will be awarded by our distinguished jurors.
9:30PM DPAC SCREEN THUG ENTRANCER - LIVE!The competition screening concludes with a multi-media performance by Denver’s own Thug Entrancer, featuring enhanced visuals on our LED screen by Milton Croissant III, former Denver Digerati commissioned artist and ongoing creative collaborator.
CHAMPA LED MUSIC VIDEOSMusic and art mix very well. Come check out some of the most stunning examples of an ongoing, wonderful, universal collaboration that just might be the most stimulating hour of the festival.
10:30PM Syntax Physic Opera AFTER PARTY WITH “WEIRD TOUCH”Join us for Denver’s most excellent monthly party “Weird Touch” at Syntax Physic Opera for a latenight dance extravaganza for those with energy to burn and in need of the perfect late-night crowd.
EDUCATION FORUMSLocated at the Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St. Advanced registration and tickets required, register NOW!
9:00AM _____ COFFEE, CROISSANTS & DIGITAL ART DISPLAYSEase into the day with morning social with digital artwork displays throughout Commons on Champa facilities state-of-the art screen displays, one view throughout day.
10:00AM _____ HISTORY OF DENVER DIGERATI w/ IVAR ZEILELearn about the origins and developmental history of Denver Digerati and our singular use of LED screens as vehicles for digital animation over the last five years.
11:00AM _____ JUROR DISCUSSION No.1 - MORESHIN ALLAHYARILecture by invited juror and artist, presenting history of their work and tips on their primary interests and development within the industry.
12:00AM _____ LUNCH / BREAKStep outside to explore the Denver Theatre District or stay inside to socialize and enjoy nibbles provided by TBD
1:00PM _____ JUROR DISCUSSION No.2 - JONATHAN MONAGHANLecture by invited juror and artist, presenting history of their work and tips on their primary interests and development within the industry.
2:00PM _____ PRESENT YOUR ART, GET A PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUEArtists may sign up to present their work on screen to group or individual guest jurors, limited to 5 minutes with follow-up critique. ADVANCE REGISTRATION A MUST!
3:30PM _____ HALF HOUR BREAKWith beer and wine or coffee and tea. Whatever suits your pleasure.
4:00PM _____ JUROR DISCUSSION No.3 - CLAUDIA MATE---
5:00PM _____ MOVE OUTDOORS FOR EVENING SCREENINGS
All screenings are located on 14th Street between Champa and Arapahoe in the downtown Denver Theatre District. Special seated juried competition screening is located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria.