DAFNE (formerly the Redmond Digital Arts Festival) is an annual event for professional and aspiring artists that celebrates new media artists and their work. The festival features weeknight talks, a trade show, and advanced weekend workshops. It's a chance to be a part of the buzzing local digital arts scene, make new connections, and take home some very useful knowledge. The 2014 event will kick off on February 8th with a juried digital art show. Each subsequent month of the year will have a special event such as a talk or workshop.
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ADVISORY BOARD - The Guild of Digital Artists
The Guild of Digital Artists has graciously accepted to be the advisory board for the Digital Art Festival. The Guild is a 501c3, non-profit arts organization composed of a stellar group of movers and shakers in the field of digital arts. From left to right: Alecia Rossano, Daniel Colvin, Jordan Gottlieb, Paul Siegel, Monte Michaelis, Robert Siegel, Royal Winchester & Tony White.
The photos that follow are from prior Digital Art Festivals and they help give you a glimpse of the vibrancy and diversity of art that gets featured and the stellar cast of presenters that have come to talk about their art and process.
WHY DO WE DO THIS?
Itís nothing new to say that art has always been at the forefront of innovation. This is why art is something we should all learn about, celebrate, consume and make more of. Artists show us who we are and who we can become- and are therefore the best mirrors of culture, and instigators of change. The digital arts are at the center of all this since they have become the primary means by which the 21st century artist expresses his or her voice. Almost all arts (performance, music, visual, you name it) are now deeply influenced and aided by digital technology. Through their art, artists are pushing the technology even further. We believe this is worth noting and worth celebrating. Technology is cool, but it wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for the artists that pushed its limits.
WHY THE EASTSIDE?
Seattle-Eastside is surrounded by companies such as: Bungie, Nintendo, Microsoft XBOX, SOE, Valve, Gas Powered Games, and over a hundred other game developers; therefore the event could not be more appropriately located.
But the Digital Art Festival is not just about video games; it celebrates and features all forms of digital art, be it commercial or non, still or animated, virtual or real, 2D or 3D.
The Digital Art Festival was founded in 2008 by the Redmond Arts Commission in collaboration with Arts Commissioner Paul Siegel and Redmond City staff. The City of Redmond was the title sponsor for the event from 2008 to 2011. Today, the Digital Art Festival is a community-supported festival that is independent from the City of Redmond. To volunteer please contact the event organizers at info (at) digitalartfestival.com
We hope to see you there!
For additional information please contact us at:
info (at) digitalartfestival.com
2008 Curators - Paul Siegel & Mary Yelanjian
2009/10 Curator - Mary Yelanjian
2011 Curators - Paul Siegel, Lisa Rhodes & Tarsi Hall
2012 Curators - Angela Kugler, Courtney Kim & Paul Siegel
2014 Curators - Paul Siegel
VOLUNTEERS Through the years
We couldn't make this happen without all our volunteers. Thanks everyone!
And if you'd like to volunteer, let's us know! You get free tickets and permanently listed below with a link to your artistic website! :)
Just email us at info (at) digitalartfestival.com