Brighton Digital Festival Launches!
30 August 2011
Lighthouse is celebrating digital culture – all September! By Honor Harger, director & Roberta Mataityte, Programme Assistant
Lighthouse are delighted to be working with Brighton’s digital community on the 2011 Brighton Digital Festival. The festival features over 60 exhibitions, performances, meet-ups, workshops and outdoor events that meld Brighton’s big-ticket digital conferences into a month of the fabulous, the futuristic and the unfathomable. Expect to see, hear and experience local and international artists – including Blast Theory, Semiconductor, Ben Fry, Joshua Davis, and Random Dance – and thinkers, doers and storytellers like Kevin Slavin, Robin Ince and Remy Sharp. The festival is a grassroots and community-run by a diverse range of people, including tech companies, arts organisations, designers, developers and people passionate about digital culture. It is coordinated by Lighthouse with support from Arts Council England.
Lighthouse are pleased to be leading on several programmes at the festival. Kicking it off is the English premiere of Blast Theory’s A Machine to See With, a fast-paced locative cinema experience, which lets you star in your own heist movie on the streets of Brighton. Blending secret missions and high adrenalin, you will be in an interactive movie playing the lead role in bank robbery. Later on in September, we explore a different side of the anatomy of a heist, with the enigmatic installation, Stored in a Bank Vault by Time’s Up, which gives us a tantalizing glimpse into the lair of bank robbers. Visitors enter a dark cellar; plans are laid out, a story unfolds, and it soon appears that the robbers may still be in the next room …
Lighthouse are proud to present a major new exhibition by internationally renowned digital artists and filmmakers Semiconductor. Their beautiful Solar Systems exhibition at Phoenix Gallery, brings together three installations that use different technologies – photography, satellites, and CGI – to explore the relationship between the Sun and the Earth.
Lighthouse is also presenting an education programme which inspires young people to use digital technology in new ways. One of the highlights is the launch of Lives at War, an exciting new online game made for young people. Bringing history vividly to life, this game puts players in the centre of a story unfolding on the streets of Brighton during World War II.
Brighton Digital Festival features no less than 6 major conferences, exploring different aspects of digital culture. Our own one-day conference is Improving Reality, an inspiring day of talks that explore how of how artists and designers are shifting our perceptions of the world, not only using technology to augment reality but to actually improve it! Major names in digital art including Julian Oliver and Agency of Coney, join filmmakers Jamie King and Matt Hanson, and digital opinion-formers Adrian Hon and Alice Taylor. Not to be missed.
Rounding the month off is Data is Nature, an eye-popping array of audio-visual performances showing us where digital technology meets nature. Bringing Brighton Digital Festival to a close, this night of audio-visual delights and surprises includes stunning performances by audiovisual artist, Quayola, renowned musician Mira Calix, and rising star, Paul Prudence.
Brighton Digital Festival has a so much to offer, whether you’re a digital culture-vulture or not, there’s something for everyone. See you there!
To see the festival’s full line-up, please visit www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk
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