About the Artist


Simon Katan performing live at Tyneside Cinema in October 2013. Photo by Colin Davison.

Simon is a digital artist, composer and game designer who creates playful and interactive work inspired by his preoccupation with games and play. His practice combines electronic music, social gaming, live animation and interaction, exploring connections between these mediums. He creates software which constructs musical odysseys through navigating animated worlds, and games which examine the interaction of the live and the mediated and the interdependency of the audio and visual.

He studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Goldsmiths University and this year finished a Phd from Brunel University on the subject of audio-visual co-dependency in music.

He has exhibited and performed his work around the world, including recent exhibitions at the Borealis Festival (Bergen) 2013, ICMC (Ljubljana) 2012, Hide and Seek Weekender 2012, SuperCollider Symposium 2012, Borealis Festival (Bergen) 2012, You Are Go (Berlin) 2011, NetAudio Festival 2011, IGFest 2011, Secret Garden Party 2010, Spitalfields Festival 2010, and Sonica Festival (Ljubljana) 2011. He is an SPNM shortlisted composer and was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation award in 2011. In 2013, he was an Artist in Residence at Borealis Festival with his performance trio Brainer. Recently, he won a Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention for his work ‘Cube With Magic Ribbons’ – a computer visual and synthesised sound composition for live performance. 

Welcome to the website for Pixel Palace, Tyneside Cinema’s digital art programme, which ran from 2008-2014. Here you can explore our archive of exciting art commissions and exhibitions, as well as the artists we worked with over that time. You can find out more about what is happening with the current Tyneside Cinema Arts Programme at www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/art.