Alternate Realities 2 (2019)

Brighton Digital Festival 2019
Part of Brighton Digital Festival

12-20 October 2019, 12noon-6pm


Alternate Realities 2 (2019)



Exhibition: "Alternate Realities" or "Alternate Realities 2019"

Year: 2019

Exhibited by Lighthouse.

Part of: Sheffield Doc/Fest, Brighton Digital Festival 2019

Links: Listen to Light+ Alternate Realities II podcast


As part of the 2019 Brighton Digital Festival, Lighthouse exhibited three interactive and immersive artworks from the internationally renowned Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities exhibition.

The three artworks enable intimate encounters with people and places, and included a virtual reality piece, an interactive documentary, and an installation that allows you to step into someone else’s shoes through a virtual mirror. In an increasingly divided world – be that politically, economically or ideologically – this exhibition connects us to individuals, lives and stories that we would not necessarily encounter.


Common GroundVirtual Reality documentary, 30 minutes
Welcome to the Aylesbury Estate, home to thousands of Londoners, a concrete monument to the history and legacy of social housing in the UK, and a stark insight into the realities of gentrification and social cleansing.
Creator: Darren Emerson
Producers: Darren Emerson, Ashley Cowan
Country: United Kingdom

EchoInteractive installation, 4 minutes
Step into the shoes of another through a virtual mirror, select a shared story and discover layers of yourself echoed back to you in this deeply personal exploration of human experience, identity and empathy.
Creator: Georgie Pinn
Producer: Kendyl Rossi
Country: Australia

My Mother’s KitchenInteractive audio documentary, 8 minutes
Share in the stories of eight LGBTQI+ individuals as they relay intimate memories of their mother’s kitchens. Filled with joy and comfort mixed with inequality and hardship.
Creators: Maeve Marsden, Tea Uglow
Producers: Olivia Rosenman, Samantha Cordingley
Country: Australia


Georgie Pinn is the creator of Echo. She has seventeen years of experience working as a director and producer in film, animation, sound composition and public cultural events. For the last 6 years Georgie Pinn has been developing a range of motion tracking based applications that bring animation to an interactive live arena.

Darren Emerson is a director, producer and co-founder of London production company East City Films, and its subsidiary VR City. Darren is a passionate advocate of VR story-telling. He has experienced considerable success with his VR film, Witness 360: 7/7 and his VR documentaries Indefinite and Common Ground.

TL Uglow ('Tea') is Creative Director for Google's Creative Lab in Sydney. She works with cultural and creative organisations around the world exploring the space between technology and the arts and what can happen where they intersect.

Maeve Marsden is a writer, performer, producer and director who works across theatre. comedy, cabaret and storytelling, in both main stage and fringe / underground contexts. Maeve directs Queerstories, a national storytelling project and podcast.


Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities Exhibition is a leading platform for interactive and immersive non-fiction experiences from around the world. The second Alternate Realities UK Tour is presented by Sheffield Doc/Fest with partners Lighthouse, Brighton, HOME, Manchester and the Barbican, London.

The Alternate Realities UK Tour is supported by Arts Council England.

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