dg+e: The new Digital Graffiti

New educational programming runs May 16 to 18, 2024

April 13, 2024
Special to 30A Food & Wine

Digital Graffiti

ALYS BEACH – The 17th Annual Digital Graffiti festival at Alys Beach, underwritten by The Alys Foundation, will introduce new educational initiatives, programming, and partnerships to the event lineup. In addition to the festival’s evening exhibitions and celebrations, Alys Beach will host panel discussions and student outreach as part of this expanded education effort, Digital Graffiti + Education or DG + E.

Starting May 16, Alys Beach homeowners and members of the public will be invited into the processes behind the Digital Graffiti experience. This DG + E programming includes panels moderated by Kevin Boyle, and featuring discussions with festival curator John Colette, technical specialist Geoffrey Platt, DG artists, digital arts instructors, and Marieanne Khoury-Vogt, Alys Beach town architect, providing the audience with more opportunity to learn about the installations, processes, technology, production, and architecture brought together to create the Digital Graffiti experience. These DG + E panels are offered free of charge with ticketed reservations required. Complimentary panel tickets can be secured now via BigTickets, where festival event tickets are also available for purchase.

Art + Architecture Panel, Central Park

Thursday, May 16, 4 – 6PM – RSVP required

This panel discussion will feature Alys Beach Town Architect Marieanne Khoury-Vogt, Digital Graffiti Curator John Colette, 2024 Digital Graffiti Finalist Peter Clark, and Residency Artist Jeremy Oury, moderated by Kevin Boyle.

Digital Graffiti 101 Panel, Central Park

Friday, May 17, 10AM – noon – RSVP required

This panel discussion will feature Digital Graffiti Curator John Colette, University of Missouri Professor and Artist Katina Bitsicas, Cypress College Professor Kati Angelov, and Residency Artist Diana Reichenbach, moderated by Kevin Boyle.

Art + Technology Panel, Central Park

Friday, May 17, 2 – 4PM – RSVP required

This panel discussion will feature Technologist Geoffrey Platt and 2024 Digital Graffiti Finalists, moderated by Kevin Boyle.

Digital Graffiti Panel, Central Park

Saturday, May 18, 11AM – 1PM – RSVP required

This panel discussion will feature Alys Beach Town Architect Marieanne Khoury-Vogt, Digital Graffiti Curator John Collete, Technologist Geoffrey Platt, and DG Judge and LUMA Festival Founder Joshua Bernard, moderated by Kevin Boyle.

Digital Graffiti will partner with area schools, university programs, and local non-profits to provide a platform and collaborative “laboratory” space for emerging artists, and to further the educational reach of the festival experience. In addition to the longtime involvement of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and the return of the University of Missouri (Mizzou), the 2024 Digital Graffiti festival welcomes art and technology programs from Cypress College (Cypress, CA), Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA), and local charter schools Seaside Neighborhood School and Seacoast Collegiate High School. These students and their instructors will have the opportunity to experience the real-life application in the festival scenario, seeing their artworks incorporated into the show, engaging with professional artists practicing in the arts and technology fields, and workshopping, incubating, and collaborating ideas and applications.

This year, Digital Graffiti will also introduce DGTV, which will chronicle festival production including behind-the-scenes insights into the curation process, the creative and technical production, and will include interviews with the show’s finalists, residency, and participating artists, technicians, audience, students, teachers, curator, events production, architects, and other contributors for a compelling look into the Digital Graffiti experience from start to finish. DGTV interviews will be conducted by Kevin Boyle, whose involvement in the festival started in its early years, and filming will take place throughout this year’s festival events.

This year, Digital Graffiti is also partnering with The Paper Bear Film Project, a nonprofit feature film that aims to generate awareness and a greater appreciation for the tremendous biodiversity of the Northwest Florida region. The soon-to-release film features a thoughtful blend of animation and live action, and an installation representing the animation process will be shown as part of the 2024 Digital Graffiti festival, mapped to the architectural and landscape features of Raw & Juicy. Additionally, to further engage younger audiences, DG X The Paper Bear will hold a scavenger hunt during the Saturday evening festival event to introduce the animated characters from the film, hidden throughout the festival path, in addition to “Easter eggs” found within the artworks themselves. Each scavenger hunt find will be marked with a stamp in the corresponding passport, and a completed passport will be awarded a special edition Digital Graffiti X The Paper Bear t-shirt. Children who wish to participate in the scavenger hunt can pick up their passports at the entry/box office tent.

Finally, the Digital Graffiti app provides a resource for artist information, festival map and information, and will expand this year to include a glossary of terms to provide festival goers access to the lexicon of the art and technology. This app is a free download for Apple and Android users and is a valuable resource to those who wish to learn more about the art and artists, and better navigate the Digital Graffiti experience.

Ultimately, Digital Graffiti aims to entertain, engage, and educate its audience as well as artist and production participants with a fully immersive festival experience. With the addition of these new initiatives to the existing tools designed to more deeply engage festivalgoers, DG aims to make those aspects of art, architecture, and technology that come together to create the overall experience more accessible, relatable, and therefore more culturally impactful.

To learn more visit https://digitalgraffiti.com/ and social media channels https://www.instagram.com/dgalysbeach/, https://www.facebook.com/DigitalGraffitiFestival/.