ALTERNATE REALITIES, 2018
WORKS EXPLORING BORDERS, IDENTITY AND LOSS
FROM THE SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST PROGRAMME, PRESENTED AS PART OF BRIGHTON DIGITAL FESTIVAL
ABOUT THE SHOW
For the 2018 Brighton Digital Festival, Lighthouse presented selected works from the Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities exhibition, which premiered at the internationally renowned documentary festival in June.
Exploring the themes of borders, identity, and loss, the works each show how immersive and interactive technologies enable us to interpret and engage with socio-political infrastructures, storytelling and the interface of physical and digital worlds. Each work uses a different technological platform to explore the ideas – gaming, AR, social media and interactive installation.
Terminal 3 – Augmented Reality
Explore contemporary Muslim identities in the U.S. through the lens of an airport interrogation. Step into the uncanny to directly interrogate, and determine the fate of, the hologram passenger before you.
Project Creator: Asad J. Malik
Producers: Jill Klekas, Jake Sally, Nigel Tierney, Zeda Stone
Duration: 12 min
Belongings – Interactive Installation (U)
For many in the developed world, life can be consumed with material objects. But what if you had to flee your homeland forever? What’s the one item you couldn’t live without? The subjects of this immersive installation were faced with that very decision.
Project Creators: John-Paul Marin, Matt Smith, Tea Uglow, Kirstin Sillitoe
Producers: Megan Gibbon, Jonathan Richards
Duration: 20 min
Where is Home? – Interactive Documentary, Instagram (U)
A journey through West Africa that asks the simple question. What is home? This Instagram-based project reveals a complex range of thought provoking answers, and interrogates people’s understanding and experiences of a fundamental concept that’s often taken for granted.
Project Creator and producer: Ifeatu Nnaobi
Duration: 30 mins
The Loss Levels – Game (U)
A deeply personal yet playful collection of fifteen experimental narrative arcade games that narrate the artist’s experience in 2017 when he lost his brother in the Manchester Arena terror attack.
Project Creator and producer: Dan Hett
Duration: 4 min
Alternate Realities Touring Exhibition 2018 traveled to the Barbican, London (20-27 August), Lighthouse as part of Brighton Digital Festival (22-30 September) and to the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford (5-14 October), in the lead up to and during the Widescreen Weekend. The UK tour is supported by Arts Council England as part of Doc/Fest’s newly acquired National Portfolio Organisation funding, and presented in partnership with each of the venues involved.