THE ONLY FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO DIGITAL ANIMATION
Denver Digerati, along with the Denver Theatre District, Denver Arts and Venues and a host of additional sponsors, present the annual SUPERNOVA Outdoor Digital Animation Festival taking place September 19 - 21st in Downtown Denver, Colorado, with an additional collaboration taking place the same dates in Toledo, Ohio with their Momentum Festival. The only forum of its kind in the world to focus exclusively on the convergence of technology and animation, SUPERNOVA is a singular, dynamic example of innovation in art merging with the public sector. Each year the festival educational activities, art exhibitions and other special events to bookend an entire day of public screenings taking place on large-scale L.E.D. screens situated in the heart of Denver, including a special temporary LED screen located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex outdoor Galleria. SUPERNOVA programming defines what is current in digital animation today, presenting works by visionary animators who apply advanced technology in thrilling ways. Emerging artists and seasoned veterans are all celebrated at the festival, which boasts $3,500 in prize money to four awards spread across festival programming, including an audience vote award, initiated in 2019 through the new Supernova streaming app supernova.video.
SUPERNOVA commenced in 2016 as a singular example of innovation within an urban context, promoting a relaxed and rewarding visual experience like no other for free to the public. Digerati’s partners and sponsors are some of the leading advocates for arts within Denver’s greater cultural community, and our impressive artist network spans the globe.
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SUPERNOVA realizes its full potential in 2019
Denver Digerati greatly expands the scope and scale of Supernova in 2019, combining the exciting possibilities of today’s technology with societal transformations leveraged to elevate Digerati’s global artist network to new heights. The festival will employ more public LED displays at once than ever before, with three sound-supported screens and four silent “Satellite” screens located in Denver’s downtown core, all presenting animations for 10 continuous hours on September 21st. Additional screenings take place indoors for the first time at three of Denver’s most popular hubs, with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and Denver Central Market all featuring distinct programming in association with the festival. A wide range of Supernova content will be presented to a new audience in Toledo, Ohio, through the first-ever collaboration with Momentum, a three-day community art celebration taking place the same weekend as Supernova’s festivities in Denver. All of this coincides with the launch of supernova.video, the festival’s new streaming channel/app, a revolutionary development that will allow anyone in the world to participate in viewing the vast range of dynamic animations that have defined Supernova since 2016. Taking shape since the start of the year, the app is designed to facilitate Supernova’s new $500 audience vote prize, and provide an ongoing source for the public to enjoy the best digital animation from around the world anytime. Supernova’s engagement with digital media is further elevated through a mind-expanding, month-long solo artist exhibition at Understudy developed by artist Ryan Wurst, and the immersive DigiLounge hosted at The Next Stage NOW Gallery at the Denver Performing Arts Complex from early September through November 23rd, supported by CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media. The Denver Film Festival will once again host two post Supernova screenings at the Film Annex located inside McNichols Civic Center Building in support of the intersection of technology and motion-art.
Supernova goes viral in the most expansive fashion in 2019, providing an ever-widening experience that endeavors to strengthen the worlds’ embrace of digital motion-art and the pioneering artists behind the movement. Digerati remains committed to breaking barriers and redefining what’s possible through a long-term approach centered exclusively in Denver since 2011.
SUPERNOVA programming highlights and artist attributes for 2019
Supernova is a cultural initiative that supports community, diversity and innovation in the arts, embracing a wide ranging local-to-global artist network. Two of the most welcome attributes within this year’s festival are noticeable increases in representation by regional artists including new additions Tara Knight, Cyane Tornatzky, Lares Feliciano, Matthew Langford & Jeremy Grant, Jullian Young, Ben Windsor and Lee Gallagher, as well as a significant up-tick in female artists across all programming. Each year the forum sees many new artists joining the forum, alongside those returning with recent works. Supernova’s prestigious annual Competition now moves into a trajectory that rewards artists exhibiting strong development in their work, with 2019 entrants Eli Ayres, Cassie Shao, Peter Whittenberger, Snow Yunxue Fu, Seishi Irimajiri, Jing Sun, John Morrison, David Bennett, Atomic Elroy and Tizzy Cannuci returning as highlights. They are joined by a host of artists new to Supernova like Michael Edwards, Mark Klink, João Pedro Oliveira, Gabriela Ilijeska and Esstro9 who all promote exciting approaches in their work. The 2019 Competition carries a cash prize award of $1,500, to be determined by Visiting Guest Artist and Supernova 2018 Grand Prize Winner Jeron Braxton, one of the most exciting artists to burst forward in recent years. Braxton promotes a fierce, fresh aesthetic with socially compelling material that’s been elevated through other prestigious forums such as the Sundance Film Festival. Supernova will feature a spectrum of Braxton’s animations for this year’s solo artists spotlight. He will also pair with Supernova 2018 Award Winner Ryan Wurst for a special live digi-sonic performance to enhance the day’s programming at the feature LED Screen located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
Supernova brings back “Director’s Choice” as a premier focus intersecting some of the most fascinating and groundbreaking artists from around the world that define digital animation as the “Art of Today.” Fresh new talents Sara Roth, Cyane Tornatzky, Mek Hepler-Gonzalez, Tara Knight, Rebecca Bloecher, Brian Ng, Danou "Jenny" He, Patrick Henry and others deliver compelling works side-by-side with previous festival favorites like Max Hattler, Jack Wedge, Michael Sperandeo, Jeremy Couillard and Heather Crank. Supernova also welcomes the addition of some truly stellar international artists like Gero Gries, Sabrina Ratte, Gustaf Holtenäs, Jess Johnson & Simon Ward, Caleb Wood, Dante Zaballa, Louis Crevier and more to make this one of the most outstanding programs in Festival history. The Director’s Choice program will also introduce a new $1,000 award, to be determined by regional curators Daisy McGowan of UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, independent local art curator Livy Snyder, and previous festival guest artist/juror Faiyaz Jafri, who returns in 2019 as curator for Supernova’s not-to-be-missed “Overdrive - Adults Only” program of digital animation preceding the festival in a collaboration with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
Supernova continues to support popular programs “Everything Abstract/Experimental” and “Animation for all Ages,” and formalizes “Students Shorts” as a program now carrying a cash prize for an emerging animator in the amount of $500. Supernova’s Abstract program features fantastic artists returning to the forum, like James Pricer and Kendra Fleischman, and introduces locals Lares Feliciano, Kristin Stransky Mallinger, and the duo of Matthew Langford & Jeremy Grant to the fold, along with the sublime works of Justin Lincoln. Five students from Parson School of Design are featured in Student Shorts, along with inspirational and fun works by Christina Hibner, Claire Grim, Christine Christie, Alivia Horsley, Frank Gresham, Lee Gallagher and Wing Ho, all from exceptional school programs across the US and even Hong Kong. Supernova will also showcase an assortment of animations by students enrolled in the fall semester at CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media, featuring a practical application of experiments in motion-art going directly from the workshop to screen. Denver artist Ben Windsor makes the cut for the annual “Animation for All Ages” program, along with international talents Luca Paulli, Andrea Nakhla, Raymond Limantara and the dynamic team of Megan Jedrysiak and Jackson Ammenheuser.
Supernova maximizes the opportunity for the public and attending artists to engage with all animations through display in a wider array of formats and locations. Three premier downtown screens will simultaneously feature Supernova programs with sound, and each will also present a mixed playlist from across all programs from noon to 2:30pm, with priority given to works by locals and visiting guest artists. With 100 distinct digital entries, spanning from 90 seconds to 17 minutes, Supernova delivers a robust, ecstatic slate of artworks in a singular, exciting forum.
A 16 minute content preview for all programs is available online at https://vimeo.com/353242208
Special guests anticipated to be attending Supernova in 2019 include Jeron Braxton, Faiyaz Jafri, Ryan Wurst and Julia Morton. Feature Program Artists scheduled to attend Supernova to date include Peter Whittenberger, Cassie Shao, Brian Ng, Sara Shoshana Roth, Danou "Jenny" He, Christina Hibner, Atomic Elroy, Michael Edwards and David Bennett.
Silent Satellite Screens
Digerati’s overriding goal is to change the nature of public art through utilizing outdoor screens in support of digital media. Supernova related works are sampled throughout the year on the 16th and Arapahoe Street LED display, a continuous cycle that gets equal billing with the advertising populating the screen, serving as a strong model for the directive. During festival day, all downtown LED screens are turned over for displaying animations. Several found in the Denver Theatre District will serve as silent screens that will light up with animations looping throughout the day. Artworks chosen specifically for each context include new shorts by Colorado-based artists John Morrison, Daniel Maw, Camila G., and students from CU Denver CAM; Supernova 2019 juror Jeron Braxton and 2017 festival juror Jeremy Couillard; a multi-screen display from France dubbed “ Liquid Time - Jelly,” with a QR code activated sound component for personal devices; and additional artists Sarah Groff Hennigh-Palermo, Ana Carolina Estarita Guerrero, Jullian Young, Anabela Costa and John Harlan Norris. Hung Keung provides a gripping, supremely abstract eyewitness account of current times in Hong Kong with “Where to go ? Where to come from?" on the 14th and California display as a satellite highlight.
Community Screen Hosts
Supernova enters a new collaboration with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the country’s most successful independent movie theatre chain, for the adults-only program “Overdrive,” curated by Digerati’s long-time inspiration and animator extraordinaire Faiyaz Jafri. Overdrive aptly widens the field of artistically driven animations at the core of Supernova with an assortment of potent, fun and compelling works that push past the barriers of suitability for public consumption. In keeping with the festival’s public accessibility, the special 90-minute screening is free, with purchase of a $5 Alamo food voucher, and guaranteed to thrill adventurous viewers seeking exposure to what’s happening in digital animation on even broader levels. The program will take place at 7pm on Thursday, September 19th at Alamo Drafthouse’s Sloans Lake location on Colfax.
Two additional local venues will engage new audiences on festival day, bringing Supernova’s prestigious programming into a comfortable indoor context for the first time. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will present a digital “Supermix,” tailored specifically for the museum’s core audience, on their indoor LED display from Noon to 5pm. Presented in a setting remarkably similar to the festival’s premier location in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the Museum’s viewing screen is one of the best in the city and should prove to be a terrific location to watch programming during the afternoon on September 21st. A separate mix focusing on Locals, Animation for all Ages and other select animations will screen throughout the day at Denver Central Market in RiNo, bringing Supernova to this popular gathering hub’s large format monitor display from 10am to 8pm.
NXT STG DigiLounge
Digerati offers Denver’s public a nearly 3 month opportunity to become immersed in digital media through a collaboration with CU Denver CAM and the Next Stage NOW Gallery at Denver Performing Arts Complex. The space will transform into a multi-faceted experience for patrons to watch, learn, talk, shop, hang and play as part of their cultural excursions within the DPAC. Special features include a new VR experience by French artist Sandrine Deumier, special animation compilations by Justin Lincoln and Jeron Braxton, a program deconstructing “Hauntology” in digital media, a term applied by the program’s bright up-and-coming art curator and CU Denver student Olivia Snyder, and much more to satisfy hours of engagement in this well situated downtown gem. Digerati will host an opening reception for the DigiLounge as the ultimate base for Supernova in advance of the festival on Tuesday, September 10th from 5:30-8pm, featuring super-swag giveaways and a deep dive into digital culture. Supernova will also host the festival’s official launch party at NXT STG on Friday evening, September 20th from 7-9pm, with additional patron engagement occurring at nearby Understudy.
Watch TV Forever at Understudy
Digerati widely embraced one of the most passionate and energizing local new media artists Ryan Wurst after his introduction to the Supernova audience at the 2017 festival. Unfortunately Colorado lost him just last month to Florida Southwestern State College, in a coup for that state, where the artist will establish a new digital-arts based curriculum in his first official role since receiving a PhD from CU Boulder. Wurst nevertheless returns to Denver for the festival in grand fashion, with one of the most outrageous and anticipated installations to ever take place at Understudy throughout the month of September, presenting the artist’s Mouth Breather Broadcasting Systems (MBBS) Infinite Television Network. This truly one-of-a-kind experience will feature three generative, AI driven shows: Oh, Mouth Breathers!, MBPD: Special Investigation Unit, and Love at the Lake, each streaming for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While available to viewers around the world via themouthbreathers.com, only Denver area residents & visitors will be able to check out the MBBS headquarters at Understudy, where they can take selfies with the Mouth Breathers, buy exclusive MBBS merchandise, participate in a Mouth Breather Zumba class, and watch MBBS all day long!
Supernova at Momentum Festival Toledo
In a year filled with many exciting new developments, one of the most significant for Digerati is a collaboration with the Arts Commission based in Toledo, Ohio, setting the stage to bring Supernova’s unique programming to a major public screen outside of Colorado for the first time at their annual Momentum festival. The partnership will introduce the singular international network of vanguard digital animators to a robust new audience through four distinct programs on Toledo’s massive public LED. The directive launches on the evening of September 19th with a 90-minute “Best of Supernova” reel, followed by a special program focusing on Great Lakes Region animators, curated by Toledo educator and Digerati commissioned artist Barry Whittaker. Supernova’s 2019 Competition program will then screen simultaneously to participants in both cities on Saturday September 21st, followed by a final selection of “silent-screen” animations. This exciting partnership with Momentum fully elevates Digerati’s focus on positioning digital motion-art as an exclusive art engagement, free for all to enjoy. Momentum delivers a varied selection of music and arts-based programming in a family friendly public setting along Toledo’s Maumee River waterfront, with a privately operated LED display serving as a key visual anchor.
Supernova launches Supernova.video streaming service in conjunction with 2019 Festival
The most profound development within Supernova’s four-year trajectory is the launch of Supernova.video, the curated streaming App at the new intersection of Art & Entertainment. Supernova boldly goes where no festival has ventured before, with a media channel that brings the most exciting forms of digital animation and motion-art being created today out to the entire world through a low-price, subscription based service. Launching on September 5th, 2019, anyone will be able to watch and enjoy Supernova’s carefully curated and cataloged digital animations anywhere and at anytime on their mobile devices, home entertainment systems or desktop computers.
The concept for the service grew grew holistically out of the desire to implement a meaningful audience vote award for the 2019 festival, and the potential in allowing the medium and artists to flourish in a manner not limited by the festival’s once a year singularity. Supernova.video dovetails with the latest technology that provides a formidable template for streaming channels to house and deliver motion-based content. The service is in lockstep with today’s access driven culture, a result of technology’s remarkable impact on our daily lives, as well as the multitude of screens populating both public and private realms. Following Netflix‘ massive success in universally changing viewing habits, “streaming” channels are seen as the lucrative future of entertainment. Already considered the buzz-word of 2020, there is currently widespread debate over can compete and at what cost.
Supernova takes an alternate route into this universe, becoming the world’s first reputable arts-based platform to initiate an advanced, comprehensive niche service. Ahead of the curve and with room to grow, Supernova is set to open new doorways in association with the visionary artists and unique circumstances surrounding its creation. Just as independent film and other forms of more artistically driven entertainment have developed footholds over time against the major conglomerates, Supernova is poised to become the leading, curated service for digital animation and motion-based art, and a gamechanger in the field of arts patronage.
Supernova categorizes collections within the channel in a similar manner to the festival, distributing content based on genre, aesthetic and thematic direction. Supernova also remixes the full content library into consumer “vibes,” allowing viewers a different approach to enjoying the artworks. Users can create their own playlists, share works with friends and associates, or simply press a single button for hours of entertainment in order to create an ambience that complements any situation.
Supernova recognizes the growing need for archive-based concepts that allow sustained access to artist-driven content and curatorial initiatives that are largely lost in the blink of an eye. Supernova.video is for the artists, passionate consumers and the general public alike who are all seeking to diversify from the spoon-fed entertainment currently dominating the airwaves. Supernova.video is a beautiful and exciting alternative, the perfect entry point into a rapidly growing and largely untapped artistic arena.
“Public festivals, like Denver Digerati and Supernova, intensify emotional reactions to the animation and generative art they feature by amplifying it to an epic scale. The act of viewing becomes an experience as crowds of strangers come together and share first impressions. When the same imagery is watched repeatedly at home on smaller screens, the experience is very different. A private, personal relationship develops between the art and the viewers that deepens our appreciation of the subtle details and complex ideas. Streaming allows the viewer to explore, curate, and enjoy the work up-close and personal or passively like background music that sets a mood and fills a room with atmosphere. Though the content is professionally curated, many of the gatekeepers that stand between artists and their audiences would be eliminated. The service would also provide creators with a new income source and promotional platform.” - Julia Morton, director of Generative Art Project, arts writer & curator, Austin, TX
Supernova 2019 program animations will commence streaming through supernova.video on Saturday September 21st.
The window for public voting through the App is one week worldwide through September 28th, 2019.
SUPERNOVA is presented by Denver Digerati and made possible through the support of the Denver Theatre District, Denver Arts & Venues, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, The Arts Commission Toledo, Exclusive Education Partner CU Denver College of Arts & Media, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Orange Barrel Media, and Branded Cities. Community hosts in 2019 include Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Understudy, NXT STG Collaborative at DPAC, Denver Central Market and Denver Film. Special thanks to Kristin Stransky Mallinger for design and production of Supernova’s annual award trophies.
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Since 2010 Denver Digerati has brought digital animation to public LED screens in advanced capacities, supporting this dynamic medium as the next level of Public Art. Central to the initiative is Supernova Outdoor Digital Animation Festival, presented annually since 2016 in Denver, Colorado’s central Theatre District with support from numerous community stakeholders and cultural interests. The Denver Theatre District's LED infrastructure is unique to any other city in the country, supporting a mandate to enhance Denver’s urban core through experiential art by local innovators and artists from around the world. Digerati's vast curatorial depth involves a singular worldwide network of leading artists and animators in support of multi-faceted programming including events, art exhibitions and education. Denver Digerati is the Future of Art.
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MOST RECENT FESTIVAL RELATED PRESS
Guest Artist Robert Seidel on Supernova and the lineage of Digital Animation, Susan Froyd, Westword, September 21, 2018
Supernova Director’s Picks: Ivar Zeile on the Best of the Best, Susan Froyd, Westword, September 19, 2018
Hello Denver, My Name is Ryan Wurst, Cori Anderson, 303 Magazine, September 18, 2018
Colorado Creatives: Ryan Wurst, Susan Froyd, Westword, September 17, 2018
VP 003: BENEFITS OF BEING UNCOMFORTABLE WHILE STAYING TRUE TO YOURSELF, Heather Crank Interview, The Vitalic Project, September 13, 2018
Supernova brings boundary-pushing animated art to downtown Denver’s massive LED screens, Ray Mark Rinaldi, Denver Post “The Know,” September 13, 2018
PREVIOUS PRESS RAVES FOR SUPERNOVA!
“SUPERNOVA Outdoor Festival of Digital Animation and Art is one of the few Denver film festivals exclusively programming short films at the cutting edge of technology. This free festival, held in and around the Denver Theatre District, democratizes the movie-going experience, giving audiences a look into the future of the medium. Running an entire weekend, SUPERNOVA includes a juried competition, educational opportunities, presentations by filmmakers, and outdoor screenings of artist-made movies from around the world. This year, the festival's third, promises to be as forward-thinking and fun as ever.” - Best of Denver / Westword, 2018
“Some of the pieces resemble elaborate screensavers or moments plucked from a video game, while others would be at home in an animated film festival. Some are accompanied by music, narration, and sound effects, others are perfectly silent. Some will make you smile, and some will make you scratch your head. Capturing their similarities would be no easier than quickly comparing Kandinsky, Rothko, Dali, and de Kooning, whose work led to plenty of head scratching in their day." - Digital Animation: Fine Art’s Next Frontier? / Modern In Denver, June 27, 2017
“I liken it to a drive-in movie theater right in the heart of downtown,” Supernova director Ivar Zeile says. “There’s so much traffic going through there, we really like the idea that the exposure comes to those that are not suspecting it to be there.” The festival includes music videos, abstract works and even a block of kid-friendly films. - Denver’s Supernova Fest Brings The Drive-In Theater Experience To Downtown / Corey H. Jones, Colorado Public Radio, September 20, 2017