The eighth edition of the international digital arts festival DA Fest will take place from 26 to 30 October in Sofia. The organizers of the event are the National Academy of Art and the DA Lab Foundation.
DA Fest presents various trends in the field of digital video and photography, interactive performance and installation, audio-visual performance, virtual reality, streaming, three-dimensional mapping, network art, sound art, bio-technologies, robotics and generative systems and other interdisciplinary forms.
The organizers invite artists from all over the world to submit a video art work, experimental film, animation and other moving image forms to the festival's program. Proposals are expected to present new approaches and artistic interpretations that relate to the DA Fest 8 theme.
The theme of the eighth festival edition of is "e-valuation" - a play on words between the meaning of the terms "rate" and "value". The inspiration for it comes from the constant calculations that make up the "life" of the digital work, which have the potential to turn some technical rates into conceptual values. At the same time, e-valuation is a code message for a multi-layered reading of the concepts of rate and value. On the one hand, the nature of digital artistic practices presupposes the handling of different rates (for example: information about the environment - real and virtual). On the other hand, we raise the question of the meaning of digital art as a value commensurate with its innovation, social reflexivity, emphasized dialogicity with the audience, the environment and the community. Digital art, as we summarize various interdisciplinary practices using nowadays technologies, goes beyond the use of computer systems for visualization, management and control, demonstrating its potential to reflect contemporary socio-cultural phenomena in a new way.