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NEoN second wave of confirmed speakers

This year’s NEoN welcomes the creative input of critically acclaimed and entertaining individuals currently leading their respective fields within film and digital media. The expanding line up features; founder of iconic Designers Republic, Ian Anderson, writer and consultant, Pat Kane, Digital Producer of Tern TV, Simon Meek and the highly respected Dr. Ken Perlin. The confirmed delegates will examine this year’s curatorial theme ‘character’ with reference to the digital arts and media industry according to their own personal, professional and creative viewpoints.

The growing line up continues to build upon the diversity of the already exceptional selection of speakers and delegates descending upon Dundee for the NEoN festival:

A welcome addition to the NEoN conference’s list of delegates is the eminent Dr. Ken Perlin. Ken has been at the forefront of computer graphics and film innovation for over 20 years. He was systems architect on the iconic Tron, and received the Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1997 for his invention, the Perlin Noise, a technique used to produce natural appearing textures on computer generated surfaces for motion picture visual effects which played an integral role in film animation development. Passionate about film and the development of digital as having a fundamental role in both art and education, Dr. Perlin will draw upon his academic and professional roles as Professor and Director of the NYU Games For Learning Institute, appearing also as the entertaining animation and film guru.

“As an organisation devoted to contemporary art and culture, Dundee Contemporary Arts is delighted to have had a part in bringing one of the most important FX visionaries, Ken Perlin, to NEoN.  It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Ken’s amazing achievements which have had such a lasting impact on the development, not only of film technology, but film artistry as well.” enthused Alice Black, Head of Cinema, Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Ian Anderson of the Designers Republic’s appearance this year is sure to be one of the highlights of the NEoN festival. A leader in its field for almost 25 years, the Designers Republic created innovative designs for large consumer brands such as Orange, Coca-Cola, Sony, Nokia, MTV and Nike while remaining dedicated to preserving the creative freedom of design which is unhindered by boundaries or parameters. Ian holds a wealth of experience and knowledge of the digital arts industry and is sure to shed light upon many topical issues.

The cast of delegates will also be joined by highly respected writer and consultant, Pat Kane. Pat is certain to engage with audiences through his analytical and entertaining approach to the in depth discussions at the NEoN conference, illustrating his passion for culture, digital technologies and politics.

Drawing upon his expertise in digital media platforms and television, Simon Meek of Tern TV has joined an inspiring list of delegates this year. Simon is involved with the digital wing of Tern dedicated to developing and producing digital and multi platform product, his team being responsible for the entertaining and engaging GUTS iPhone game, the award winning KNTV sex and relationship guide among other cutting edge productions.

The ever expanding NEoN list of delegates will entertain and engage with the audience while stimulating important discussion regarding digital development, the media and the arts.