Academic: SGSH Collaborative Doctoral Award with NEoN


NEoN (North East of North).

Valuing festivals as incubators of digital creativity – capturing the process of commissioning and presenting digital art.

NEoN Digital Arts Festival (Directed by Donna Holford-Lovell), Prof. Sarah Cook (Glasgow) and Dr. Drew Hemment (Edinburgh) are seeking outstanding practice-based research candidates for a collaborative doctoral award fully funded for three years by the SGSAH to start in October 2020. Prospective candidates should submit their applications by 3 July.

NEoN (North East of North) is Scotland’s first digital art festival, based in Dundee. It aims to advance the understanding and accessibility of digital and technology-driven art and design forms and to encourage high quality within the production of this medium. For over ten years, NEoN has organised exhibitions, workshops, talks, conferences, live performances and public discussions and established itself as a platform to showcase national and international digital artists.

Over the past 30 years, digital culture festivals such as NEoN have provided a key site through which the digital turn has been critically questioned and creatively explored together with diverse audiences. These festivals have incubated novel approaches and methods for commissioning, presenting and preserving digital art. However, their often grassroots character has limited the documentation and study of these phenomena. This project seeks to address this gap through a novel combination of archival/curatorial practice methods, evaluating how commissioning digital art at such events stimulates digital creativity and might secure the legacy of digital art.

For the full announcement, including funding notes, eligibility and how to apply please see here University of Glasgow or findaphd

Location: Dundee City, Edinburgh City, Glasgow City

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The deadline is Friday 03 July 2020 at 17:00.

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