OUTDOOR FESTIVAL OF DIGITAL ANIMATION AND ART
The second edition of SUPERNOVA Outdoor Digital Animation Festival took place September 22nd & 23rd in Denver, Colorado. Supernova is the only major festival to focus solely on the latest advances in digital animation as art by leading artists from around the world, presented free to the public on largescale LED screens in the heart of a prominent metropolitan city. Alongside an all-day education forum, the core of the festival is our competition screening, with signifcant cash awards determined by an international panel of jurors. The 2017 jurors Faiyaz Jafri, Raquel Meyers and Peter Burr awarded Grand Prize to Max Hattler for “Divisional Articulations,” second prize to Jack Wedge for “Tennessee,” and third prize to Nikita Diakur for “Ugly.” Two additional Honorable Mentions were awarded by Festival Director Ivar Zeile to Emily Sasmor for “Strangers Cowboys” and to Seishi Irimajiri for “Borderline.”
2017 FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS
PUBLIC SCREENINGSFree for anyone, we recommend showing up early for best spot to watch
14th AND CHAMPA SCREEN
3:00PM ABSTRACTION UNBOUNDConstantly moving, changing and entrancing abstract digital artworks that provide pure visual pleasure. The perfect introduction to digital artistry.
4:00PM MACHINEMAAdvanced role-playing in “Second LIfe’ has become its own genre, with a number of leading pioneers in the field continuing to engage with complex creations capable of remarkable visual beauty and unique statements.
4:30PM UN-NATURAL WORLDA digital tribute to our natural world, both disrupting the general ecosystem as well as enhancing it in visually mesmerizing ways.
5:30PM HIBANANA STUDIO SPOTLIGHTA collaboration between visual artist Liu Chang and Miao Jing, initiated in 2011, based in Brooklyn, New York and Beijing, China, Hibanana are inventing new forms of the moving image for display surfaces of the future.
6:00PM REAL LIFE / ALTERNATE REALITIESReality is now something we all question, as technology changes mental perceptions of ever single aspect in life. Through digital means artists interpret life’s unforeseen challenges in both delightful and ominous ways.
7:00PM EXPERIMENTAL ART INTERLUDESPure art, as created by individuals seeking to embed digital imaging and motion techniques more deeply within the ever diversifying field of contemporary art.
7:45PM JURIED COMPETITIONThe core of SUPERNOVA, featuring some of the most daring, exciting, awe-inspiring digital animations from around the world today. 15 works have been selected from submissions received via the Film Freeway portal active throughout the summer of 2017. Considerable cash prizes will be awarded by our distinguished jurors for the top three shorts. The competition is also presented on the DPAC Galleria screen concurrently, starting at 7:00pm.
9:15PM MUSIC VIDEOSUPERNOVA concludes 14th and Champa programming with awe-inspiring examples of the ongoing, deeply spiritual collaboration between artists and musicians, one of the most eye-popping segments of the festival.
3:00PM FESTIVAL JUROR SPOTLIGHTSUPERNOVA is honored to have three of the leading pioneers within digital animation and contemporary art in the world today join us in Denver for the festival. An introduction to the diverse and visually compelling works by Faiyaz Jafri, Raquel Meyers and Peter Burr is the ultimate starting point for Supernova’s efforts.
3:45PM JEREMY COUILLARD SOLO SPOTLIGHTA one-man dynamo of unparalleled talent, Jeremy Couillard is one of the brightest examples of why today’s new world of digital art is thriving. Couillard integrates gaming-related aesthetics and deep universal themes to undeniably rich, thought-provoking heights. SUPERNOVA presents 14 of his short-form works created over the last six years.
5:00PM CU DENVER COLLEGE OF ARTS & MEDIASUPERNOVA turns the screen over to Exclusive Education Sponsor CU Denver College of Arts and Media, as a showcase for recent work created by the school’s premier faculty and students.
5:30PM ANIMATION FOR ALL AGESSUPERNOVA extends the most popular section of the festival to 90 minutes, featuring a wide variety of vivid, fun and thoughtful animations that will appeal to all audiences. An experience for the whole family to enjoy!
7:00PM JURIED COMPETITIONSUPERNOVA’s competition screening within the DPAC Galleria offers the premier festival experience with outdoor seating, a cash-bar and one of the most exquisite settings for viewing the works. The DPAC screening runs parallel to the 14th and Champa screening, starting approximately 45 minutes earlier.
8:45PM RADICAL VISION / DARK DREAMSSUPERNOVA grand finale within the DPAC features some of the most radical content that will appeal to more mature audiences. WIthin the darkness there is light, with some of the most strange yet inspiring works ever presented.
EDUCATION FORUMSSUPERNOVA'S Education Forum will take place Friday, September 22nd from 9:45 AM - 4:00 PM at the DISCOVERY WALL inside the Auraria Library, centrally locarted in downtown Denver. The forum is an extraordinary opportunity for the public to learn more about the exciting field of digital animation and new-media art, with focal presentations by the festival’s world-renowned guest artists. The setting on the Auraria Campus is the perfect location for the forum, featuring a 13 foot wide video wall for visual presentations within a facility specifically geared towards fostering critical thinking, creation, and collaboration towards innovative ideas and technology. Space it limited for the Education Forum, an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org is requested for confirmed participation.
10:00AM SUPERNOVA JUROR FAIYAZ JAFRIFaiyaz Jafri’s work has been exhibited in the form of print, paintings, video installations, animations and life size sculptures all over the world. Jafri’s award winning films have screened at prestigious festivals and museums. He has worked for international advertising clients and magazines, and on corporate and broadcast projects, in charge of motion graphics and post-production in the USA and Hong Kong. In recent years he has given workshops and lectures on his art and theories at universities, conferences, and festivals. He is the founder and curator of the Third Culture Film Festival in Hong Kong and is a part-time lecturer at Parsons School of Design in New York. Denver Digerati screened Jafri’s “Hello Bambi” during the initial Friday Flash back in May of 2013, directly impacting future programming towards an almost exclusive “digital animation” format that is now the core of Supernova. He was later commissioned in 2014 for Denver Digerati’s 10-Second Film Festival and again in 2015 for Friday Flash No.11, resulting in his astounding short “This Ain’t Disneyland” which has since gone on to screen in over 30 film festivals around the world.
11:00AM SUPERNOVA JUROR RAQUEL MEYERSRaquel Meyers is a Spanish artist who defines her practice as KYBDslöjd (drawing by typing). In KYBDslöjd, the screen is the canvas, a rectilinear grid on which one keystroke at a time build a character-by-character imaginary. Like crafting or the typewriter technique. It is brutality itself because it reveals what it is and what it does without adornment. Since 2004 Meyers has performed at festivals like Transmediale, Fylkingen, Piksel, Mapping, La Casa encendida and Cimatics, at 8bit events like Tokyo Blip Festival and the Playlist exhibition, as well at Liste Art Fair Basel, Ars Electronica Center, Alingsås Konsthall, Bonniers Konsthall, Xpo Gallery, Click New Media Arts Festival, Alt_Cph, BEK- Bergen Center for Electronic Arts, LABoral, iMAL, and Square Sounds among others. Meyers’ entry “Vladijenk II (The corroded mainframe at Tartarus edition)” for the inaugural edition of Supernova in 2016 garnered her the festival’s second prize award, delivering a glorious array of pixilated motion that stands as a shining beacon for the historic depths of technologies infiltration into art.
12:00 NOON LUNCH BREAKParticipants may dine at the Auraria Campus eateries, at various locations within walking distance in downtown Denver, or brown bag it and enjoy conversation with festival staff, guests and other participants.
1:10AM SUPERNOVA JUROR PETER BURRPeter Burr (B. 1980) is an artist from Brooklyn, NY, USA specializing in animation and installation. His work has been presented at venues across the world including Le Centre Pompidou, Paris; Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid; and MoMA PS1, New York. His recent work explores the concept of an endlessly mutating death labyrinth and is being expanded into a video game through the support of Creative Capital and Sundance. Previously, he worked under the alias Hooliganship and in 2006 founded the video label Cartune Xprez, through which he produced live multimedia exhibitions showcasing artists working in experimental animation. Burr has been a major inspiration in the development of Denver Digerati ever since he brought his Cartune Xprez/Hooliganship tour to Denver’s Plus Gallery in 2006. That evening was one of the most joyous and memorable in the history of the gallery, introducing artists prominent in the development of today’s animation as well as a deeply creative and fun multi-media performance component. A prominent view of Burr’s rapidly developing work as an animator was later featured in MonkeyTown IV, a scintillating, intimate platform intertwining fine dining and contemporary motion-art launched as an extensive community experience in Denver in 2014. Burr’s “The Mess” was awarded Supernova’s prestigious Grand Prize for the inaugural competition in 2016, a 15 minute masterpiece that resonated fully in the context of a large-scale, outdoor LED presentation.
2:00PM SUPERNOVA PARTICIPATING ARTIST PANEL DISCUSSIONSupernova Founder and Director Ivar Zeile will lead a lively panel discussion with guest artists who have had work selected for official programming screening the next day at the festival. Several of the guests confirmed for the discussion, such as Pat Wells, Paul Johnson and Caroline Voagen Nelson, have experience as educators in the field of art and animation as well as practioners in the medium. Others, such as Zihrong Lu and Seishi Irimajiri are emerging artists pushing towards developing careers, and also traveling to Denver from far outside the US. The informal discussion will cover numerous angles relating to working with digital techniques as well as the changing nature of practice and exhibition in the world at large today. Additional guest artists expected, to date, include Peter Whittenberger and Atomic Elroy.
3:10PM SUPERNOVA SOLO SPOTLIGHT ARTIST JEREMY COUILLARDJeremy Couillard, (b. 1980, Livonia, MI) lives and works in New York City. He graduated in 2012 from Columbia University with an MFA in painting. Couillard has exhibited internationally including The Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Trafo, Szczecin, Poland; the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center with Ben Hall, New York, NY; Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA (solo); Zhulong Gallery, Dallas, TX (solo) and Louis B. James, New York, NY (solo). He recently completed a virtual reality video presented by the New Museum and Rhizome and an installation built around his video game Alien Afterlife at yours mine & ours gallery in New York, NY. Couillard’s work has been written about in VICE, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Blouin Art Info, Art in America and more. He was also recently awarded a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Digital Media. Couillard has been Assistant Professor of New Media at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York since 2014. In 2014 Denver Digerati commissioned Jeremy Couillard for Friday Flash No.8, resulting in his 4 minute short “Cyclops Lifestyle,” which also screened at SUPERNOVA 2016 in the Denver Digerati History program.
Screenings take place at the and Champa Street LED screen and at the LED screen temporarily installed inside the Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria in the downtown Denver Theatre District. Seating is available in the DPAC Galleria on a rst come basis. Patrons are free to bring their own seating for all screenings.