This evening joins artists, DJs and team members of two festivals that, although geographically far apart, touch common ground in focusing solely on electronic music and computer based arts.
Based in Tromsø, a town in northern Norway renowned for breeding innovative artists within the electronic music field, the Insomnia Festival seeks to evolve the creative energy this has given rise to by creating a platform for new electronic music and techno culture above the arctic circle. The Festival combines innovative music with explorations of contemporary technology and design within public seminars and workshops. The festival takes place annually in October.
CYNETART is an international festival for computer-aided art in Dresden. The festival has been the focal point of the research at Trans-Media-Akademie (TMA) Hellerau for 14 years now. This work has made the festival become a countrywide and internationally recognized platform of digital culture – providing an in-depth overview of current developments of technology-based art. Since the foundation in 1997 CYNETART has accomplished a lively mix of creative programmers, skilful engineers and innovative sound and media artists from all over the world. With their original ideas they come together in November every year to create a dense string of performances, exhibitions, lectures and workshops as well as electronic live-concerts. The event presents current trends in the artistic contention about and application of computer and network technologies.
Every two years the festival is accompanied by the international CYNETART competition. With a total prize money of 28.400 Euro it ranks among Europe’s top awards in the area of media art. An international expert jury chooses the winners of the CYNETART-award from more than 300 submissions and 30 countries. It also awards a sponsorship prize and an artist-in-residence-scholarship funded by the Saxon State Ministry of Science and Art.