BRIGHTON DIGITAL FESTIVAL 2013
THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2013
A LATE NIGHT OPENING AT BRIGHTON MUSEUM BLENDING FICTION WITH REALITY AND DIGITAL WITH THE PHYSICAL
A major part of Lighthouse’s work at Brighton Digital Festival this year centred on the work of game designers and artists, Hide&Seek. We brought Hide&Seek’s Tiny Games - games designed for real world play in urban space - to Brighton. Working closely with Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, we presented the work of Hide&Seek and other creative practitioners at the Museum as part of Digital Late.
At the Digital Late, games designers and artists showed how stories, ideas and games that began their life on digital networks, crossed over into the real world. Blending fiction and reality, digital and physical, the Digital Late was the culmination of Lighthouse’s programme for Brighton Digital Festival.
Lighthouse transformed the museum into a storyspace, with games, music and tales embedded into the museum’s rich collections and exciting exhibits.
- A performance by Sarah Angliss – musician and purveyor of scientific oddities and obsolete machines.
- A reading by Jeff Noon – writer, dubtext remixer, lo-fi avant-pulp scientist.
- Tours and stories by Chris T-T – critically lauded radical underground musician and storyteller
- Tiny Games and playful experiences by Hide&Seek, made together with a collection of talented young game designers
- A new artwork made by Jeff Noon and Tom Armitage – creative technologist and maker of beautiful things
- Music from DJ Alabaster Crippens of Audiosyncracy and the Young Hanoverian Mobile Disco Association
Enlivened by DJs and performances, the Late was a showcase for the games created by the young people who took part in our Game Jam. Their games were available for all to play, with designers presenting their projects in the Museum. Hide&Seek’s Tiny Games, fun, accessible and family-friendly games, co-designed with young people, brought the space to life.
Jeff Noon – Reading
7.30-7.50pm, Fine Art Gallery
In August 2011, award-winning SF novelist Jeff Noon began a Twitter account where he posted what he has described as “spores” from the Twitter ID @jeffnoon. These 140 character stories conjure up alternative timelines, worlds adjacent to our own, and enigmatic characters. The stories have been warmly received by both readers and critics alike, with Rhizome stating, “Jeff Noon’s tweets are reliably among of the best contemporary fiction works today —beautiful stories told over short bursts, each under 140 characters”. Jeff gave us a special reading, in the Fine Art Gallery, of some of his “spores” and other short works.
Sarah Angliss – Performance
8.30-8.50pm, Spotlight Gallery
Composer and tech savant Sarah Angliss charts the uncanny valley as she brings you her strangely unsettling, ethereal music, mixing theremin with her singular robotic creations. Sarah’s performance reflects her lifelong obsessions with defunct technology and European folklore. Centre stage is her polyphonic robotic carillon (bell rig) and Hugo, her roboticised 1930s ventriloquist’s dummy. An inventive digital performer who mixes virtual and physical worlds, Sarah founded human and robot trio Spacedog and has collaborated with Moon Wiring Club, Belbury Poly (Ghost Box) and many others. She recently wrote an electronic score for Lucy Prebble’s The Effect (National Theatre 2012). www.sarahangliss.com
Chris T-T – The Blogger’s Tour
Tour 1: 8-8.20pm
Tour 2: 9-9.20pm
Limited capacity – sign up at the Cloak Room
For the past six months, radical writer and music maker Chris T-T has been in residence at The Royal Pavilion & Museums, exploring all the sites, sharing photos, blogging and podcasting regularly about exhibits, stories and stuff behind-the-scenes. For this compact 20 minute tour, he picked his favourite items, artworks and tales from around Brighton Museum, made some unusual connections, uncovered some unnoticed gems and talked about how they work online. For some of Chris’ work in residence visit: christt.com/words/royal-pavilion-and-museums-residency
Tom Armitage & Jeff Noon – The Literary Operator
20th Century Gallery
Language had been destroyed. A few word shards remained here and there, scattered among the debris. People collected these fragments and pieced them together to make up sentences. Slowly, a new kind of storytelling emerged, based not on linear narrative but on fragmented text. We were pleased to have one of the machines used in this salvage operation on view at the Late. The device is fully functional, and users were able to take away their own literary remix.
The Literary Operator is a project designed and built by Tom Armitage, in collaboration with Jeff Noon. It takes its inspiration from Jeff’s Spore #50: "After the Babel Towers attack, lo-fi operators worked the edges of the language, forging new phrases from the fragments of literature. They filled boxes with word shards in the hope of recreating lost stories”.
Hide&Seek – Tiny Games
20th Century Gallery
Tiny Games are a collection of very small, very quick-to-understand games. They’re able to sit in the real world, inviting participation from any interested passer-by, and their rules can be summarised in just a couple of sentences. They sprang initially from a conceptual challenge: was it possible to fit a complete game into the 140 characters allowed by Twitter?
Working with students from Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA), Hide&Seek developed 8 Tiny Games for Brighton Museum and Art Gallery – they were dotted around the building, ready for players to find and play.
Murder in the Manor speedrun
20th Century Gallery
Earlier this year, we invited eleven young writers to create a murder mystery game set in Preston Manor. At the Digital Late, we borrowed from gamer culture and turned Murder in the Manor into a speedrun: a detective dash through a virtual historic house! Sharp eyes and fast fingers were required, as participants needed to find a clue in each room before naming the murderer. Small prizes were awarded to the swiftest sleuths on the night. Play Murder in the Manor here www.murderinthemanor.org.uk
DJ Alabaster Crippens
Our DJ for the evening was DJ Alabaster Crippens of Audiosyncracy and the Young Hanoverian Mobile Disco Association.
Digital Late is part of Brighton Museum’s monthly Late programme, which encourages people to visit the Museum out of hours, to get a different experience of its collections and see something new.
Date: Thursday 26 September 2013
Time: 7 – 10pm
Tickets: £5 in advance, £7 on the door.
Venue: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1EE
Event hashtag: #digitallate
Digital Late is part of Brighton Digital Festival 2013. It is run by members of Brighton’s arts and digital communities, administered by Wired Sussex in association with Lighthouse and supported by Arts Council England and Brighton & Hove City Council.
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