Digital Graffiti Returns to Alys Beach May 13-15
April 11, 2016 by SoWal Staff
The annual Digital Graffiti Festival brings together artists from around the world to showcase their digital artworks on Alys Beach’s striking white architecture May 13-15, 2016. Experience projection art throughout the entire coastal town after dark. Tickets are available for the weekend including Friday night's Curator's Tour, Saturday night's DG Festival and after-party, and Sunday Brunch.
Twenty artists selected for the 2016 festival hail from ten countries. The artists gather in Alys Beach at dusk to showcase their digital artwork and vie for cash prizes totaling $10,000.
“For a local and intimate venue, Digital Graffiti attracts an impressive range of national and international art, and our ninth year continues this legacy,” says Brett Phares, Digital Graffiti Curator. “We have a solid list of finalists that have submitted work for projection, from delicate to bold, minimal to maximal, monochrome to unicorn rainbows—we can’t wait to share it all in May!”
▪ Linda Loh, Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia
▪ Olga Guse, Dresden, Germany
▪ Robert Crispe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
▪ Tina Willgren, Stockholm, Sweden
▪ William R. Bullock, Bowral, New South Wales, Australia
▪ Debbie Rivinandya, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
▪ Jinku Kim, Walpole, Massachusetts
▪ Kathryn Whitesides, Charlotte, North Carolina
▪ Michael Denton, Hastings, E. Sussex, United Kingdom
▪ LIA, Vienna, Austria
▪ Tracy Miller-Robbins, Westerville, Ohio
▪ Hyoyoung Jung, Paju, Kyungki-do, South Korea
▪ Emilia Forstreuter, Berlin, Germany
▪ Max Hattler, Hong Kong
▪ Mark Lyons, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
▪ David Bennett, Nashville, Tennessee
▪ Jiyen Lee, Seoul, South Korea
▪ Katina Bitsicas, Columbia, Missouri
▪ Michael Flückiger, Zurich, Switzerland
▪ Nathan Johnson, Los Angeles, California
In addition, a select group of artists have been invited to project at Digital Graffiti. Yandell Walton, Digital Graffiti 2015 Best of Show winner, of Melbourne, Australia, Keaton Fox of Detroit, Michigan, and Sean Capone of New York, New York participated in the 2015 Digital Graffiti Artist Residency Program.
Now in its ninth year, Digital Graffiti gives artists a large-scale blank canvas to explore the intersection of art and architecture, while creating entirely new art forms. Once darkness falls, the iconic stark white walls of Alys Beach glow with dozens of dazzling original art projections. For more information on the festival, including the full schedule and ticket details, please visit digitalgraffiti.com.
Friday, May 13
Curator’s Tour | 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
North Sea Garden Walk
Get a sneak peek of select digital art and an opportunity to discuss the works with Curator Brett Phares and attending artists. Local eateries including Bud & Alley’s, Caliza, Cuvee 30A, George’s at Alys Beach, Trebeaché, Restaurant Paradis and Sweet Henrietta’s Treats will offer their culinary creations alongside the incredible works of art. Cocktails and wine available.
Saturday, May 14
DG2016 Festival | 6:00 p.m. to midnight
Kick off the festival with a complimentary cocktail, music, and the announcement of the DG2016 winners at the Emerald Coast Magazine Lounge at Fonville Press from 6:00-8:00p.m.
The official Digital Graffiti 2016 Festival opens at 8 p.m. with spectacular projections from 20 artists from all over the world. Walk through the Alys Beach pedestrian paths and take in the incredible digital art projected upon the town's stark white architecture. Food and drink available for purchase.
Following the festival, head to Caliza for the official after party (21+) and dance under the stars to DJ Harry.
Sunday, May 15
Artists Brunch | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a strolling brunch with the DG2016 artists and judges complete with mimosas, bloody marys, biscuit bar, and lively discussion.
Tickets are still available by the day or weekend passes. Purchase tickets online. Tickets also available at the Alys Shoppe, Alys Beach Bike Shop, and Fonville Press.
The 2016 Digital Graffiti Festival will be held May 13-15. Be sure to follow Digital Graffiti on Facebook for up to date information.
Digital Graffiti Festival is part of Art Week South Walton (AWSW), an initiative bringing together neighborhoods, organizations and businesses to present quality arts and entertainment. Presented by Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and Visit South Walton, Art Week 2016 includes ArtsQuest, Digital Graffiti, ECLive! and the Seaside Writers Conference, and will take place May 7th-20th in venues throughout South Walton. Read more at SoWal.com feature story.