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Ten-day Byron tech-fest shows new artistic possibilities

BRIGHT LIGHTS: Catch Kellie O’Dempsey and Michael Dick’s live digital art performance at the TEK* Konvergence on June 20.
BRIGHT LIGHTS: Catch Kellie O’Dempsey and Michael Dick’s live digital art performance at the TEK* Konvergence on June 20. Rebecca Kinsey

A WORKSHOP on "101 creative ways to use your iPhone" will be just one of the events at a 10-day festival in Byron Bay showcasing the artistic possibilities of technology.

The TEKstar festival will launch tomorrow at the Byron Arts and Industry Estate headquarters of Kulchajam, whose mission is to showcase the arts and culture of the area, said creative director Techa Beaumont.

"We have some amazing talent in this region and technology is both a powerful tool and a powerful medium for artists," she said.

The 10-day TEKstar festival has been funded by Arts NSW in partnership between artist initiatives Kulchajam in Byron, Serpentine Arts in Lismore and Ukitopia in Uki, and Dlux Media Arts in Sydney with an intention to create lasting networks among artists and creative professionals interested in digital technology and arts, Ms Beaumont said.

Workshops will be held on 3D art, hacking and circuit bending as well as virtual reality, music production, animation and video among others.

The highlight of the festival will be The Electronic Konvergance - an all-ages, all-day program on Thursday, June 20 at Byron Sports and Cultural Centre featuring Dirtgirl, Joel Salom and his robotic dog, Space Cowboy and local inventor Ric Richardson.

A youth program will run from 11am-2pm and acclaimed digital drawing and animation artist Kellie O'Dempsey will create live art to improvised music by Greg Sheehan, Barry Hill and Cleis Peirse.



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