15th Annual Digital Graffiti 2022 art festival scheduled for May

Special to the Walton Sun/USA TODAY NETWORK

ALYS BEACH — On the heels of the 2022 30A Wine Festival, The Alys Foundation is in full gear for the 15th annual Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach on May 13-14.

Artists around the world are invited to submit original works of digital art to be showcased in the juried festival. The Alys Foundation has donated more than $200,000 in awards and artist stipends for the past 14 years, all to further digital work in the public realm.

Digital artists around the world are invited to compete in the juried Digital Graffiti Festival on May 13-14 in Alys Beach.

The Scenic 30A community of Alys Beach provides the environment for the Digital Graffiti festival — an open-air, organic gallery for the projections staged against the its elegant white walls.

With the white masonry architecture as a large-scale blank canvas for artists to explore the visual intersection of art and architecture, the evening festival illuminates the town with the latest in design, animation and projection technologies; two glowing evenings of innovation and inspiration, with artists exhibiting works of projection mapping, generative art, experimental short films and animation, as well as sound, motion and light-responsive installations.

One of the artists who achieved Special Recognition in the Digital Graffiti 2021 competition was Jonathan McCabe, whose work was "ADHD_mix_down_02_plus_ADHD_soundtrack."

With new curator John Colette at the helm for the 15th year of the festival, Digital Graffiti welcomes the perspective of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) motion media design professor and seven-year veteran participant. 

Colette views the festival as an opportunity for the audience to engage with art outside of the traditional gallery space in a presentation that “makes the art much more of a living experience,” allowing the audience to “get deeper into the work” outside of the confines structured by “what we think we should do in that (gallery) environment.”

His hope is that the festival offers the audience a “cue for the imagination,” an opportunity to step into a living, breathing town and allow the interaction between the art and the environment, and the impact of the audience’s own input and physical influence on the art projections, to change their overall perspective and to change the way they see the world.

"Like a breath but a breath," by Karen Brummund was a Special Recognition winner in the Digital Graffiti 2021 competition.

The engagement between the art, architecture and audience is transformative, creating an immersive and interactive art projection experience that is entirely unique to the Digital Graffiti festival, named as one of the top “24 Unconventional Art Destinations Around the World” by National Geographic.

The audience moves throughout the festival footprint, through the streets and pedestrian paths, pocket parks and amenity spaces to engage with the art within the context of the town’s urbanism, within the shared community experience and within a festival environment of food, drink, and music. Digital Graffiti in Alys Beach is an authentically unique art experience.

The Curator's Choice winner of the Digital Graffiti 2021 competition was "THERMON-TON" by Tatsura Arai.

For more information about the festival, please visit digitalgraffiti.com. Be sure to follow Digital Graffiti on Facebook and/or Instagram for up-to-date information.

The Alys Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to support the long-term community values of the town. Funds can be used to finance community, environmental, cultural and educational programs at Alys Beach as well as to help other nonprofit organizations in the greater community.

 For more about Alys Beach, visit alysbeach.com.