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Cyber Eyes Wide Open

30 September 2021

In collaboration with Dynamo North East as part of their CyberFest event, Creative Fuse North East delivered the Cyber Eyes Wide Open initiative spanning a 3-month period over summer 2021, with teams developing exciting ways to innovatively visualise, perform and represent cybersecurity. This concept followed on from the successful Creative Fuse 2020 CyberCage event.

Cyber Eyes Wide Open brought together participants from regional cybersecurity companies to work with creative practitioners on the fusing of art, technologies and creativity to explore perspectives, visions and understanding of cybersecurity. The aim of this innovative collaboration was to support cybersecurity businesses with a new creative way to represent their business and values and to generate a broader understanding of how an increasingly complex cyber threat can impact our lives. The programme was delivered in partnership with Dynamo North East and #CyberFest21, the North East’s biggest cyber festival.

Artists that worked on the project included:

  • Mel Bacon – Multi-disciplinary Visual Artist and Art Educator
  • Rhonda Fenwick – visual and community artist
  • April Hollingworth – Author and Poet
  • Ian Horn – Poet
  • Beth Ross – Visual Artist
  • Caitlin Savage – Visual Artist
  • Samantha Tweddle – Artist

At the end of the 3-month project, this interdisciplinary approach demonstrated how collaborations between art and technology can play a vital role in expanding public understanding of cyber threats and how we need to be increasingly proactive and vigilant in combatting such threats. These findings and the art were displayed at two exhibitions – The Athenaeum Sunderland and John Marley Centre Newcastle .

Please see below pictures from the exhibition at the John Marley Centre in Newcastle.