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June 19 - July 17

This first-ever free four-part workshop, led by Denver Digerati Director Ivar Zeile, will introduce community teenagers to curatorial theory and practices related to SUPERNOVA Digital Animation Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Participants will gain perspective into digital animation as a contemporary practice, experience the juried selection process by reviewing work submitted for the festival, and contribute to a culminating event in September as part of SUPERNOVA 2018, both within the Museum as well as part of official outdoor screenings at the festival. Workshops start June 19th and run through July 17th.

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Tuesday September 18th 6:00pm

Jonathan Monaghan
-  Synthetic Mythologies  -

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design presents Synthetic Mythologies by Washington D.C.- based artist Jonathan Monaghan in the Philip J. Steele Gallery. Through prints and computer animated video, Monaghan weaves a unique contemporary mythology, exposing collective fears and anxieties about technology and the future. Drawing on a range of references such as science fiction, luxury real-estate advertising and baroque architecture, the works in Synthetic Mythologies allude to a disconcerting reality behind the seductive surfaces of technology and consumerism. However Monaghan offers little hope for an escape as his symbol-laden fiction eludes discernible meaning, leaving the viewer to cope only with impenetrable glistening veneers.

OPENING RECEPTION: September 18, 6 – 9 p.m.
LECTURE: September 18, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

GALLERY HOURS: M – F, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free + open to the public

Image: Disco Beast, 2016
video (color, sound), media player, screen or projector, 18 min loop. 
Courtesy of bitforms gallery, New York

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Thursday September 20th 7:00pm

Housing Complexes
Eight experimental short films
Curated by Robert Seidel

Followed by
Jonathan Monaghan - Synthetic Mythologies

Over the past three decades the digital revolution has occurred on a global scale, increasing its influence over all facets of our society.  Rapid changes in communication, the structure of labour through the “sharing economy”, availability of information and personal as well as artistic expression – all resulting in a comprehensive restructuring of our lives. 

The constant pressure of acceleration and optimization dramatically alters the way we live, replacing a seemingly foreseeable future with continuous change and short-term planning. The layers of the digital also restructure personality, replacing individuals with avatars and condensing groups of people into big data statistics. What was once limited to a physical presence is now boundless, originating from either the quietness of our homes or a faceless think tank, exploding into online-phenomena which slowly creep into our real lives.

The works presented in “Housing Complexes” examine the influence of the digital, exploring parallels between historical and geographical tectonic shifts, their abuse of power, separation of communities and the construction of alternative histories. The dense thematic rhizome of the eight experimental short films ranges from forced labour in Eastern Germany (Broken), speculative digital poems (I Want To Be Like You), the surveillance of the arms industry (Embargo), digitized memories of a passed-away father (Homeland Part I), post-colonial relationships (Occidente), architecture on the break of war (Steglitz House), the protuberance of social media (Universal Objects: BFFs1&2) and the tendency of human perception to discover meaning in random structures (Pareidolia).

Ana Vaz – Occidente – Brazil 2014 – 15:15min
Johann Lurf – Embargo – Austria 2014 – 10:00min
Volker Schlecht & Alexander Lahl – Broken – Germany 2016 – 7:02min
Patricia Detmering – Homeland Part I (Cat-State) – Germany 2017 – 5:04min
Bridget Baker – Steglitz House – South Africa/Germany 2009-2010 – 9:00min
Tanja Vujinović – Universal Objects: BFFs1&2 – Slovenia 2017 – 2:50min
Dagmar Schuerrer – I Want To Be Like You – Germany/Austria 2016 – 05:45min
Saskia Olde Wolbers – Pareidolia – UK 2011 – 12:25min 

Introduced by Berlin based artist Robert Seidel, special guest juror for the 2018 SUPERNOVA Digital Animation Festival.


Washington D.C. based contemporary artist Jonathan Monaghan returns to Denver for his solo exhibition “Synthetic Mythologies,” presented by the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design at their Philip J. Steele Gallery, opening September 19th, 2018.  Monaghan will share four of his computer animated videos dating between 2011 and 2015 at the Sie Film Center, with discussion by the artist to follow.

Jonathan Monaghan works across print, sculpture, and video installation. His work challenges the boundaries between the real, the imagined, and virtual. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from science fiction to Baroque architecture, he creates bizarre, yet compelling narratives and imagery with the same high-end technology used in Hollywood or by video game designers. His work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, bitforms gallery in New York, Spazio Ridotto in Venice, Italy, Market Gallery in Glasgow, Scotland and others. Monaghan’s numerous group exhibitions include most recently at the Palaise de Tokyo in Paris, France,  New Frontiers at the Sundance Film Festival, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Postmasters Gallery, among others. Monaghan has been commissioned twice by Denver Digerati for display on the 14th and Champa LED screen and in 2016 served as one of three jurors for the inaugural edition of SUPERNOVA Digital Animation Festival.

September 20th, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Sie Film Center - 2510 East Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206

Presented by Denver Film Society

In conjunction with Denver Digerati / SUPERNOVA Digital Animation Festival
and Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design

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September 21st - 30th

Vacation and other Remedies
Recent animations by
Andrey Kasay

MCA Denver Teens, in association with Supernova Digital Animation Festival, present “Vacation and other Remedies,” a selection of recent animations by Russian artist Andrey Kasay.  Vibrant, surreal and on occasionally boisterous, Kasay’s compositions present an opportunity for both contemplation and laughter. Discovered during the 2018 Teens Summer Workshop with Denver Digerati, which introduced Denver youths to curatorial theory related to digital animation as a contemporary practice, Kasay’s work transcends any notion of cultural divides in brilliant, playful fashion.  

Kasay’s program, on view September 21st through 30th in the upper level of the Idea-Box on the third floor of the MCA Denver,  consists of the artist’s most recent series of very short animations “Vacation,” originally presented at Improper Walls Gallery in Vienna, Austria, followed by the episodes 8 & 9 from the hilarious, true-story series “Ziber;” a 2016 video for Paramount Comedy channel, Russia; and two early music videos made in collaboration with Vladivostok based band  “Mumiy Troll.” The mix fully validates the artists mantra  “If you come to me for my style – you’re welcome. If not – sorry I cannot help you.”

An emerging artist, Kasay’s engaging wit and pop-laden style have already been embraced worldwide, having found a home within brands such as MTV, Nike, Red Bull, CNN, Washington Post, The New Yorker and Adidas.  To date, his work has been featured in VICE, WIRED, Juxtapoz and It's Nice That.

Supernova Digital Animation Festival will also present Kasay’s “Vacation” to the public in downtown Denver at 4:30pm on Saturday, September 22nd, along with nine other animations selected by the participants of the Summer Teens workshop.  More details regarding Supernova’s full lineup of animations can be accessed on our program page.

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