Supernova Outdoor Digital Animation Festival is so very excited about this year’s juror lineup, an extraordinarily deep pool of talent that is going make quite a splash here in Denver this September when the festival takes place over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd.
Supernova 2017 Juror Spotlight No.1 – Faiyaz Jafri
Faiyaz Jafri was born and raised in rural Holland of Dutch and Pakistani descent. He studied at the Technical University of Delft (MSc) and is self-taught as an animation artist and music composer. His work has been exhibited in the form of print, paintings, video installations, animations and life-size sculptures all over the world. Jafri’s award-winning films have screened at prestigious festivals and museums. He has worked for commercial clients including, IBM, Coca-Cola, and Ford.
Supernova 2017 Juror Spotlight No.2 – Raquel Meyers
Raquel Meyers is a Spanish artist who defines her practice as KYBDslöjd (drawing by typing). We live in a time where hardware and software become obsolete even before we have learned how to use them. KYBDslöjd is a brutalist storytelling about technology and keystrokes using Commodore 64 computer, Teletext System, and typewriters. These technologies are not souvenirs from the past. They are hard-won knowledge. They are a reminder, not for nostalgia, but for our impossibility of complete learning before they disappear into the consumerist void.
KYBDslöjd stands for keyboard dexterity. To be more precise, for drawing and crafting by typing, using just a character set. KYBD is the acronym for keyboard, where a drawing or an animation is typed in by using different keystrokes for each mark on the screen or the paper. The word Sloyd (Swedish, Slöjd) is derived from the Icelandic and means dexterity or skill. In old Swedish, we find the adjective slög (artistic or skillful).
In KYBDslöjd, the screen is the canvas, a rectilinear grid on which one keystroke at a time build a character-by-character imaginary. Like crafting or the typewriter technique. It is brutality itself because it reveals what it is and what it does without adornment.
Since 2004 Meyers has performed at festivals like Transmediale, Fylkingen, Piksel, Mapping, La Casa encendida and Cimatics, at 8bit events like Tokyo Blip Festival and the Playlist exhibition, as well at Liste Art Fair Basel, Ars Electronica Center, Alingsås Konsthall, Bonniers Konsthall, Xpo Gallery, Click New Media Arts Festival, Alt_Cph, BEK- Bergen Center for Electronic Arts,LABoral and iMAL, among others. Last week Meyers was an invited guest at Melbourne Australia’s Square Sounds festival, in what looked to be a super good time.
Meyers entry Vladijenk II (The corroded mainframe at Tartarus edition) for the inaugural edition of Supernova in 2016 garnered her the festival’s second prize award, delivering a glorious array of pixelated motion that stands as a shining beacon for the historic depths of technologies infiltration into art. Supernova featured a couple of Meyers’ recent publications at our preview event, which further extend her singular initiatives through purposeful documentation in the old-school way we still find compelling and collectible. We are very excited to bring this fast-rising international art-star out to Denver as part of our jury, as well as to demonstrate her live-performance skills in some capacity within the festival proper.
Supernova 2017 Juror Spotlight No.3 – Peter Burr
Peter Burr (b. 1980) is an artist from Brooklyn, NY, USA specializing in animation and installation. His work has been presented at venues across the world including Le Centre Pompidou, Paris; Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid; and MoMA PS1, New York. His recent work explores the concept of an endlessly mutating death labyrinth and is being expanded into a video game through the support of Creative Capital and Sundance. Previously, he worked under the alias Hooliganship and in 2006 founded the video label Cartune Xprez, through which he produced live multimedia exhibitions showcasing artists working in experimental animation. A retrospective of Peter’s work was featured just last Friday at the GLAS Animation Festival in Berkeley, California.