Fostering a greater critical understanding of contemporary culture within the context of today’s digital and technology-driven, diversely complex society.
NEoN Digital Arts (SCIO) is a charitable organisation aiming to advance the understanding and accessibility of digital and technology-driven art forms and encourage high quality within this medium’s production. These aims are accomplished through many platforms, including festivals, exhibitions, workshops, talks, conferences, live performances, and public discussions. As part of its mission, NEoN commissions new work and nurtures the development of ongoing projects.
In recognising the profound connection between contemporary culture and digital technology, NEoN believes in addressing digital poverty and promoting digital detox as integral aspects of its mission. Through a collaborative programme, NEoN seeks to not only enhance critical understanding but also make digital art more accessible, acknowledging the impact of technology on society today.
We live in a neoliberal world that requires high productivity in a short period of time, which has the effect of isolating employees and creating work conditions so unrealistic and stressful that burnout is commonplace. This often adversely affects audiences too. For high-quality, fruitful creative experiences, you need time: time for engaging, innovating, experimenting, organising, evaluating, and inspiring.
NEoN is developing a feminist ethics of care approach that challenges these working conditions and provides a feminist digital infrastructure. We aim to develop and implement new strategies that emphasise collaborative, collective, and communal approaches. By slowing down and claiming time for collective action informed by feminist theory, we are exploring alternatives to neoliberal models that are fast-paced and metric-oriented.
In order to achieve a balanced art creation and leadership system within the arts, NEoN acknowledges the urgent need to address historical power imbalances. In particular, we will support artists and practitioners experiencing systemic oppression and discrimination, those who sit at the intersections of several minority identities, and those from economically marginalised communities.
Reflecting the diversity and complexity of the digital and technology-driven art scene is a core value of NEoN. We believe the arts can be a powerful platform for social change, and we strive to include a multitude of voices and perspectives in the planning and implementation of our artistic work and operations. Bringing together like-minded emerging artists and well-established artists, we aim to influence and reshape the genre with an organisation founded on feminist values.
NEoN creates opportunities for collaboration and spontaneity and will always push beyond expectations. Our program of international and regional artistic exchanges aims to nurture diverse grass-roots art of the region whilst drawing in the art world’s most interesting talent.
Going forward, we will continue to foster a greater critical understanding of contemporary culture within the context of today’s technology-driven, diversely complex society.
Our small NEoN team work collectively to plan and drive the programme. Team members work from home and in the office. The small size of our team means that we share responsibilities for tasks between us, such as social media updates, bookkeeping, cleaning and fundraising.
As a charitable organisation, we hire freelance artists, gallery technicians, technologists and others to help us accomplish and deliver what we’re trying to do. Here are details about the current trustees and team.