Reality Bytes Core Program Elements SUPERNOVA commences its wide slate of free programming with an all-day education forum taking place on Friday September 20th at the Auraria Campus Library, located in downtown Denver nearby the festival’s main screen locations. The forum is comprised of presentations by festival jurors and invited guests, as well as visiting animators in a roundtable discussion. SUPERNOVA’s official launch party follows that evening with an opening reception for the “Reality Bytes” group art exhibition presented at Redline Contemporary Art Center, featuring a variety of major works by Digierati related animators as well as prominent artists from the community and around the world. A full press release relating to the exhibition will be available in August.

Starting at noon on Saturday, September 22nd, SUPERNOVA will feature approximately 10 continuous hours of digital animations on permanent LED screens prominently located in downtown Denver, and concurrently on a temporary LED screen brought into the Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria, as a focal attraction with seating and sound. Programs are structured according to themes, culled from works submitted to the festival as well as year-round research into the most compelling animations created from around the world. Special highlights include this year’s solo artist spotlight on Jack Wedge, a young animator based in NYC who was the recipient of the second prize award from SUPERNOVA 2017; the U.S. debut of London-based artist Lawrence Lek’s long-form CGI masterpiece “Geomancer;” and a compilation of abstract animations from students in Hong Kong, developed by 2018 festival Juror Max Hattler, an Assistant Professor at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. The festival Competition will once again be a central feature, with approximately 12-15 works presented for award consideration. A celebration with music, award announcements and freeflowing animations will conclude the day’s programming, taking place within the elegant Ellie Caulkins Opera House, situated in the DPAC Galleria adjacent to the festival’s temporary screen.

In 2018 SUPERNOVA initiates the use of a brilliant new, complex-format LED screen located on the edge of the Denver Theatre District in the heart of the 16th street Pedestrian Mall. The screen will feature the festival’s first invitation only program, with new works up to two minutes in length by 30 artists who have participated in the festival previously or within Digerati’s broader framework, crafted to suite the unique format of the screen. In addition, the screen will be used to showcase works prepared by emerging Colorado-based animators in a celebration of creativity that brings together the State of Colorado’s leading programs of higher learning, hosted by SUPERNOVA’s exclusive education partner CU Denver College of Arts & Media. A $1,000 cash prize award will be determined by audience vote for the invitational program, which will repeat throughout the day. A $500 cash prize award will be determined for the student program by renowned visiting artist Jonathan Monaghan.

SUPERNOVA’s expansive slate of community collaborations promote the relevance of new media and digital animation as leading forces within contemporary art today. SUPERNOVA 2018 juror Robert Seidel will have an extended stay in Denver in order to produce a new-media installation at Understudy, downtown Denver’s exciting new project space. Seidel also contributes his curatorial skills with an evening program of experimental animations by German artists, to be presented at Sie Film Center in conjunction with the Denver Film Society, with additional programming to be confirmed for an exclusive evening preceding the festival. Two solo exhibitions featuring prestigious new-media artists will take place concurrently with the festival at two local venues. The Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design will host D.C. based artist and previous SUPERNOVA Juror and Digerati commissioned artist Jonathan Monaghan for a solo exhibition at their Philip J. Steele Gallery, as well as a free public lecture as part of their VASD Program. The Emmanuel Art Gallery, located in a historic building on the campus of SUPERNOVA’s exclusive education partner CU Denver, will host Aram Bartholl, the German artist’s first exposure in Colorado. Prominent artists working within the genre of digital animation will also be featured in the Digerati curated exhibition “Reality Bytes” at Redline, including Chiho Aoshima, Sandrine Deumier, Elliot Dodd, Chris Coleman and Katie Torn, along with a retrospective of works from Digerati curated and commissioned projects. SUPERNOVA coincides with the final weekend of the summer-long blockbuster exhibition Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting at Denver Botanic Gardens, which brings an unprecedented level of depth to the entire playing field of creativity inspired by the advent of digital visualization. The Museum of Outdoor Arts will bring their new Cricket Cinema concept to the festival as an adjunct viewing experience, with emerging filmmaker shorts juried by SUPERNOVA Director Ivar Zeile presented on a mobile screen. Finally, SUPERNOVA will bring festival jurors Max Hattler and Robert Seidel to CU Boulder’s Black Box Theatre to showcase new works on Sunday afternoon, September 23rd to conclude official festival programming. With all of these efforts, visitors to Denver will find much to engage with throughout the community during the month of September in celebration of SUPERNOVA 2018.