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Winter Programme Schedule 2022

Our winter programme sees development on our Trans*feminist Counter Cloud Action Plan and a response to the Global 16 Days Campaign.

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From Cloud to Crowd Poster Campaign - part of Trans*Feminist Counter Cloud Action Plan
Saturday 5th November 2022 - Saturday 17th December 2022
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In collaboration with artists Batool Desouky and Cristina Cochior we present our call to action exhibition ‘From Cloud to Crowd Poster Campaign’. This campaign forms part of the Trans*Feminist Counter Cloud Action Plan which will take place at irregular moments yet with continuing commitment in Dundee between 2022-2027. The plan exists to take care of descent and dissent from the cloud, whilst partying in the ruins of Big Tech depletion. 

A visual display of slogans, statements and questions show a commitment to computational sustainability, community maintenance and collective transformations. 

Full details here 

About the Artists

Batool Desouky works with technology, archival material and magic to make computational research projects of variant forms. They have presented their work as part of In-grid Real Bodies, Corsica Studios, London (2022), Dreaming Reconstructions, The Feminist Library, London (2021), How is That Working For You, Goldsmiths, London (2019). 

Cristina Cochior is a researcher and designer. She is a member of the everyday technology collective Varia (2017–ongoing), as well as a tutor in the Hacking Department of the Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam (2020–ongoing) and in the Experimental Publishing Department of the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2021–ongoing). 


WHEN: Saturday 5th November 2022 - Saturday 17th December 2022

WHERE: Sharing Not Hoarding, Slessor Garden, Dundee, DD1 3RS 

WHAT: No tickets required. Open 24/7

ACCESS: Please be aware this is an outdoor exhibition. There are drop-curbs and the ground and paving are level. 


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Trans*Feminist Counter Cloud Action Plan - workshop
Thursday 10th November 10am - 1pm & 2.30pm - 3.30pm
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Part of Sustaining Art: People, Practice, Planet in Contemporary Art Conservation

NEoN with The Institute for Technology in the Public Interest (Helen V Pritchard, Femke Snelting)

* Are you concerned or have questions about how your organising, organisations and art practices are being rearranged through cloud infrastructures and Big Tech? 

* Have you seen a transformation and shifts in the way you work and operate, and do you wonder if you should trust that much of your organisation or practice to the cloud? 

* Do you dream of another type of digital transformation, one that supports anti-racist work, abolition, environmental regeneration and creative practices? 

* Do you want to activate a shared imagination for this across Dundee, Scotland and maybe internationally? 

Join us in an interactive dream space workshop, to build solidarity and activate imaginations for Trans*Feminist Counter Cloud Actions. 
The workshop is aimed at organisers, cultural organisations, artists, designers and activists.

In 2020, NEoN invited The Institute for Technology in the Public Interest (TITiPi) to "audit" their daily computational operations, with a view to imagine other environmental and socially "just" digital practices as part of a rethinking of their internal policies and values. The Trans*Feminist Counter Cloud Action Plan offers ways to get the most from a hyperscaledown to learn about slow feminist and queer server practices, including storage, videoconferencing, collaborative working, low-power graphics, and related practices within the field of (digital) art practices and community organising. 

To read more about our Trans*Feminist Counter Cloud Action Plan, please visit https://neondigitalarts.com/counter-cloud/

About the Artists 

The Institute for Technology in the Public Interest (TITiPI) is a trans-practice gathering of activists, artists,engineers and theorists initiated by Miriyam Aouragh, Seda Gürses, Helen Pritchard and Femke Snelting. They develop tools from feminisms, queer theory, computation, intersectionality, anti-coloniality, disability studies, historical materialism and artistic practice to generate currently inexistant vocabularies, imaginaries and methodologies. 

WHEN: Thursday 10th November 10am - 1pm & 2.30pm - 3.30pm 

WHERE: 10am - 1pm, Unit 35, Keiller Centre, Dundee, DD1 1DQ. 
2.30pm - 3.30pm, Discovery Point bookable here 

WHAT: Free. Bookable workshop at the Keiller Centre 10am - 1pm. Booking required - contact neon@neondigitalarts.com for further details. 
Bookable workshop at Discovery Point 2.30pm - 3.30pm, part of Sustaining Art: People, Practice, Planet in Contemporary Art Conservation. 

ACCESS: Accessibility info for the Keiller Centre can be found here https://bit.ly/3yqKt3u. 


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BE SEEING YOU by Tanya Floaker
Saturday 5th November 2022 - Saturday 17th December 2022
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BE SEEING YOU is an exhibition based around the imagery used in the roleplaying game of the same name designed by Tanya Floaker. It explores independence, control, freedom & compliance. Tanya’s protest-style images portray dangerous levels of dystopian science fiction, social allegory, and psychological drama. Influenced by fiction in the vein of The Prisoner, Stalker, and Utopia, as well as real struggles against internet security, mass surveillance, the Hostile Environment, and the alienating effects of capitalism.

Tanya has also put together a playlist to accompany the project. Take a listen to the BE SEEING YOU Spotify Playlist.

To expand on the exhibition, artist Tanya Floaker will talk about the intersection between role-playing games' potential to explore new ideas, the everyday experience of mass surveillance, and the wealth of influences BE SEEING YOU draws upon. 

About the Artist - Tanya Floaker is a queer anarchist communist based out of Edinburgh. They design games that consciously engage with their political outlook, help organise Edinburgh Indie Gamers, and mod r/RPGcreation.When not busy with indie/freelance game design, they are part-time student counsellor and full-time parent.


WHEN: Saturday 5th November 2022 - Saturday 17th December 2022
Open Wednesdays - Saturdays, 12pm - 4pm

WHERE: Federation Gallery, Keiller Centre, Dundee, DD1 1DQ

WHAT: Free Exhibition (Highly Visual / Minimal or No Text) & Artist talk

ACCESS: Accessibility info for the Keiller Centre can be found here https://bit.ly/3yqKt3u. Federation Gallery is wheelchair accessible. A hearing Induction Loop will be available for the artist talk. Staff will be available on-site to provide support during the activities.

two CCTV cameras with yellow back ground. With text that reads Freedom Dies with Security.
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Introductory Storytelling Game Sessions & Drop In 
Saturday 26th November 2022, 10am to 12pm & 2.30pm to 4.30pm
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Trapped, monitored, and expected to conform, you will feel at odds with the society you are playing within. Play as the Prisoner, the protagonist, the Residents or the Administrator in a strange surveillance micro-state known only as The Village. 

Tanya considers BE SEEING YOU  is part of the No Dice No Masters family of games. Influenced by fiction in the vein of The Prisoner, Stalker, and Utopia, as well as real struggles against mass surveillance, the Hostile Environment, and the alienating effects of capitalism.

The game mechanics take inspiration from Dream Askew by Avery Alder. The ramping tension is reminiscent of Lacuna Part I by Jared Sorenson. Narrative responsibilities are rotated in many games, with Companion's Tale by Laura Simpson feeding into their design.

CAUTION: The game contains mentions of physical and emotional abuse, kidnapping,  gaslighting, altered perceptions of reality, psychotropic substance use, mass surveillance, and death. 


These introductory game sessions will last 2-3 hours for between 2-5 players. Of course, you can also pop in just to see and hear what it is all about. 


Free goodie bags for those who participate, including stickers and an exclusive copy of the game to play at home. Refreshments will be provided. 


WHEN: Saturday 26th November 2022
Session 1 runs from 10am to 12pm 
Session 2 runs from 2.30pm to 4.30pm

WHERE: Unit 35, Keiller Centre, Dundee, DD1 1DQ

WHAT: Free. Bookable role-playing style gameplay with guided support and drop-in; come and see opportunities. Booking required - contact neon@neondigitalarts.com for further details. 

ACCESS: Accessibility info for the Keiller Centre can be found here https://bit.ly/3yqKt3u. The venue has wheelchair access, the layout will be space-checked for manoeuvre, and there is a wheelchair-accessible toilet. In addition, a hearing Induction Loop is available. Staff will be available on-site to provide support during the activities.


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Radical Digital Activism & Care - Zine and Poster Workshop 
Saturday 3rd December 2022, 10am - 3pm
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Join artist and illustrator Majsko Sekula to create campaign-style zines and posters that explore care, action and change in our digital lives. Help raise awareness for 16 days of Activism, the global international campaign which aims to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. 

UNITE! with us and call for preventing and eliminating online violence against women and girls. In support of this civil society initiative, we call for participants to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovations.

Make your own zine or poster to take home, or contribute to a collaborative piece of work, which will be printed and published as a collective action zine celebrating our messages of hope, activism and support. 


About the Artist - Majsko Sekula (they/them) is a Dundee-based artist specialising in illustration, storytelling and zine making. An Abertay University Computer Arts graduate, they are interested in ways of connecting visual arts and creativity with topics of LGBTQ representation and feminism. Majsko has published two original zines, “Anxiety”, exploring the use of visual art in expressing struggles of mental illness, and “Do-It-FOR-Yourself”, in which they examine the queerness within the punk subculture in a form of visual storytelling. They are currently working for NEoN as a gallery assistant and facilitator.


WHEN: Saturday 3rd December 2022, 10am - 3pm

WHERE: Unit 35, Keiller Centre, Dundee, DD1 1DQ

WHAT: Free. Drop in zine-making activity. Family friendly. All materials provided

ACCESS: Accessibility info for the Keiller Centre can be found here https://bit.ly/3yqKt3u. The venue has wheelchair access, the table layout will be space-checked for manoeuvre, and there is a wheelchair-accessible toilet. In addition, a hearing Induction Loop is available. Staff will be available on-site to provide support during the activities. 



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NOTES

*Inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, as well as non-binary and gender-fluid people who are comfortable in a space that centres the experience of women.

A neurodivergent person has written this communication. If you have trouble with the meaning of any sentences or words, please feel free to ask for clarification. We appreciate your accommodation towards specific learning disabilities (*SLD).

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