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NEoN at Night: an immersive late night party featuring DJs, live music and digital art
- Henry Northmore
- 12 October 2018
Cassie McQuarter, DJs Nina Stanger and RHL discuss their involvement with North East of North digital arts festival
The cultural eye may have turned towards Dundee with the opening of the new V&A, but the city has long been a hotbed of creative talent. Now in its tenth year, the annual North East of North digital arts festival celebrates Dundee's rich history of innovation.
To reflect Scotland's Year of Young People, the theme of this year's NEoN festival is 'Lifespans', exploring how technology affects concepts of time and expands our lives beyond the physical into digital and internet realms via virtual gaming and social media. These ideas are explored via artworks, installations, performances, workshops and more.
One of the highlights every year is the late night party NEoN at Night, which takes place at the Reading Rooms and integrates technology into an immersive night of DJs, live music and digital art. The line-up includes Art of the Memory Palace, who will be performing their synth heavy indie/electronica accompanied by digital art from video game artist Cassie McQuarter. 'The piece [Woman in a Video Game] uses machinima visuals to tell a wild, non-linear story about several women video game characters fighting dragons, bonding with their alien overlords, lounging inside a neon-lit home,' explains McQuarter. 'It is a very weird, chaotic ride that I am happy to bring to life again for this occasion.'
Also on the bill are DJs Nina Stanger and RHL. 'At the moment I am playing a lot of UK techno and Industrial,' explains Stanger. 'High energy, aggressive and intense.' Stanger will also be incorporating video art alongside her DJ set. 'Standing Wave is an internal vision I experienced of the mythological figure of the Siren, interpreted into 3D digital sculpture. The work casts a sympathetic light upon the beastly apparitions of femininity that have appeared throughout history in numerous cultures. I think this figure of aggressive and all-consuming femininity is extremely pertinent to the times we are in right now.'