World's first outdoor projection art festival returns to Alys Beach! The Florida beach town announced that it will host the second annual "Digital Graffiti" festival on Saturday, June 6, 2009. Digital Graffiti is the world's first outdoor projection art festival, with artists using the latest technologies to project original works onto the town's iconic white walls.
"Alys Beach is welcoming painters with open arms and white walls," wrote USA Today in 2008. "But with projectors and laptops rather than spray cans."
Sometimes referred to as "Photon Bombing," "Guerilla Projection" or "Urban Projection," underground artists around the globe have been using the latest design, animation and projection technologies to cast dynamic images onto skyscrapers and other urban structures as a means of artistic expression. But Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the first outdoor festival specifically organized to celebrate and showcase these unique talents.
"Our town literally becomes a blank canvas," said Kelli Arnold, Alys Beach's Events Coordinator.
Last year's festival attracted digital artists, filmmakers, musicians, interactive designers, photographers, VJs, producers, celebrities, agency executives and fans of art, technology and architecture. Over $6,500 in prizes were awarded to artists, with digital submissions being received from as far away as Israel, Austria, Canada, Germany, London, India, France, Italy and China. The 2008 "Best of Show" prize ($2,500) was awarded to Robert Seidel of Jena, Germany for his digital work entitled "Futures."
"Digital Graffiti explores how design, technology and architecture can intertwine to create entirely new art forms," said Arnold. "For one night, Alys Beach opens its doors, courtyards and cobblestone paths to innovative companies and ground-breaking artists who fuse these three elements to literally transform our entire town into a living work of art."
Artists are encouraged to submit original works of digital art for the 2009 festival as soon as possible. There is no fee to enter. Entries may include new or existing short digital videos, Adobe Flash animations, PhotoShop creations, YouTube clips or entirely new interactive concepts. Still-photography entries may be accepted, but should consist of large, themed slideshows or presentations of images that have been digitally altered or enhanced in an artistically significant manner. All subject matter is eligible, although a special $1,000 prize will be awarded to the best entry with a "green" theme. Last year's $1,000 "Best Environmental Theme" prize was awarded to Donna Callighan of Stamford, Connecticut for her work entitled "S.O.S."
The deadline for all digital art submissions is April 30, 2009. For specific submission rules and guidelines -- and to view last year's winning entries -- please visit www.digitalgraffiti.info.
For more information about Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, please call 1-866-481-8390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.