Friday Flash returns with high-tech digital art in the Denver Theatre District this summer

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Last summer, Ivar Zeile and Ryan Pattie of Denver Digerati brought a quiet revolution to the Denver Theatre District's giant LED screens: Between the ads and promos most often seen flashing on the screens, Zeile and Pattie's curated series of short Friday Flash programs traded commerce for cutting-edge digital art and animation. Included in the package was a commission program aimed at slowly building a collection of motion-based art that could continue to show up on the LEDs in a year-round rotation.

Now Zeile says that Friday Flash will be back this summer in an abbreviated but still highly innovative form, beginning with "Download This" in June and continuing with two more shows.

All images from Friday Flash 1, 2013, various artists.

See also: Best Digital Arts Displays Denver 2014: Denver Digerati

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"For 'Download This,' we're amassing clips by notable and not-so-notable artists from all over the world in digital animation, and you'll be able to download their artwork on your computer," Zeile notes. "The whole crux of that idea of downloading content is that it's incredible how that's transforming our society. We're not telling people what they'll be seeing in advance, but we can guarantee they'll see some of the most cutting-edge work being made."

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The focus will shift to a kid-friendly theme for the second screening, which Zeile promises won't be too overtly childish for adults to enjoy: "It will stem from the concept that a lot of work artists are doing is accessible in a way that most work isn't, necessarily," he says. "It's educational and visually fascinating, proving that the idea of this new medium as a public context shouldn't just be for the video-diehard audience. Anybody who attends would come away with a sense of wonder and amazement."

This year's DTD commissions will be unveiled on the big screen in September, Zeile reveals.

Continue reading for more about this summer's Friday Flash programs.


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