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Re@ct: Social Change Art Technology Symposium

Various Artists, Activists and Scholars

Wednesday 6 - Friday 8 November, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Various Locations
Across Dundee

This year, the NEoN Digital Arts Festival is very pleased to organise an expanded 3-day symposium entitled, Re@ct: Social Change Art Technology NEoN Re@ct will involve over 30 international speakers over three days addressing a diversity of issues and practices engaging activist digital art.

Many artists involved in digital arts have historically been prompted to react and respond to local, national, global, social and political crises (i.e. around issues of environmentalism, gender equality, exploitation, colonialism, militarism, emancipation). Re@ct will be a platform to critically examine the relevance and impact of past and present practices, theories and strategies – to engage an uncertain future through an exploration of the creative potential of digital art.

The Re@ct symposium will be a unique, open and freely accessible event.

Re@ct will shift between four venues in Dundee over the three days of the symposium:
Day 1, Wednesday 6 November – V&A Dundee
Day 2, Thursday 7 November – morning West Church/afternoon Chamber East
Day 3, Friday 8 November – Steps Theatre

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Maria Chatzichristodoulou, London South Bank University
Steve Lambert, Co-Director, Center for Artistic Activism, NYC USA
Amanda McDonald Crowley, Independent Curator, Cultural worker, and Educator, NYC USA
Professor Sean Cubitt, Goldsmiths University of London
Marisa Morán Jahn, MIT and The New School, USA
Mahwish Chishty, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA


Mercedes Vicente,
Adam Lockhart,
Tony Dowmunt,
Alicja Pawluczuk,
Francesca Franco,
BD Owens,
Jon Blackwood,
Fernando Martín Velazco,
Pip Thornton,
Laura Leuzzi,
Joanna Walsh,
Virginia Crisp,
Diana Georgiou,
Giulia Casalini,
Janna Ahrndt,
Ray LC,
Fruzsina Pittner,
Lulamile Mohapi,
Violeta Vojvodic Balaz,
Dennis Delgado,
Martin Zeilinger,
Conor McGarrigle,
Tom Keene,
Johanna Hoffman and
Andy Best.

Re@ct Symposium Co-Chairs

Professor Joseph DeLappe, Abertay University
Dr. Laura Leuzzi, DJCAD, University of Dundee
Professor Sarah Cook, University of Glasgow

Photography Kathryn Rattray

Generously funded by RSE (The Royal Society of Edinburgh), Abertay University, DJCAD University of Dundee, NEoN (North East of North) and Creative Scotland.