One of the finest digital arts festivals took place this year at the city of York, United Kingdom. Hosted by two independent design studios, Something More and Hungary Sandwich Club, the York Mediale was quite the success and took off with a blast this September.
The festival ran for a period of 10 days and showcased some of the best digital art features from top artists, exhibitions, performances, and so much more. According to Tom Higham, the creative director of the festival, this was a meeting place of culture and technology.
He also states that since York is the only UK UNESCO creative city of media arts, the entire event took place at various locations all over the city comprising of a total 21 venues and more than 100 artists of both national and international stature.
With industry professionals providing insights into the various fields of digital arts, and performances by the likes of Jonathon Herring, Laura Cannel, and Beatirce Dillon; the York Mediale 2018 was without a doubt an absolute success both for the city of York and the field of digital arts. Some of the top art installations to be featured at the festival included the ‘Strata-Rock-Dust-Stars’ and the ‘Ulungile Magubane Installation | Still We Rise’. Needless to say, that the York Mediale was truly a one of its kind festivals even in the field of digital arts. The sight of a small city being lit up by a host of digitsed art instalments and the common folk actually taking to it as another art form and not just media, was truly something to behold. What really set it apart was the ability to fuse usual festival moments such as musical performances and dance floors with professional talks and exhibitions.
Not only will the York Mediale 2018 be cherished by digital artists worldwide, but what this also means is that the field of digital arts or digital media is finally getting the limelight it should. Throughout history, art has created a need for its celebration, and digital arts must also follow suit. This is truly a great time for artists who have transcended the usual art forms into the digital world and going by the success of this festival this should be a great career choice to work on. So if you are finally looking to pick up that drawing tablet you have been thinking about, here’s a list to help you make the right choice.
The festival is set to return with a second edition in 2020, which promises to be even bigger and also incorporate more styles of digital arts into its repertoire. You can find out more about what went down this year at their website and also subscribe to their newsletter to stay up to date on what’s coming up ahead.