Supernova 2020; public art and online meet

Last year, I saw the sun setting on the Rockies as I visited Denver for the festival. This year, we are all closer to home – I saw the early morning’s sun from the top of Black Combe in Cumbria UK, about 20 miles from where I live. Ironically, I thought the sunrise colours reminded me of ones in Lancashire when I was younger, before the Clean Air Acts… and saw the Reuters report that the smoke from the fires on the west coast of American had reached Britain.

Looking east from Black Combe in Cumbria, 18 Sept 2020

But Supernova is happening. Live online, building on Supernova.video which I first remember last year. But also, it takes pride as being public art, showing on led screens on the streets in the theatre district of Denver. That can still go ahead – and is doing. It is well worth having a look at the browse section of the website.

I’m pleased to say that I was selected again this year, with out of isolation came forth light. It is on the program from 6pm (Denver time) on Sunday 20 September 2020. It is part of the World on Fire section, which was the theme title this year.

out of isolation came forth light poster

One of the new things this year are interviews with artists, and I loved doing one. The interviewer, Sharifa Moore, is engaging and her passion for digital animation shines through. The interview can be seen online at interview-with-tizzy-canucci.


There are a lot of art festivals and conferences calling for work that engages online, as a radical new thing with Covid-19. Well, for some of us, we were doing this a good few years back, and it is ordinary not exceptional. Rather, we have moved on to questions are about how different forms, actual and virtual or the ‘real’ and the ‘digital’, meet and bond together. Technologies are never isolated, and never replace completely what went before. If nothing else, the ideas and memories remain with the humans.

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