DIGITAL DEMOCRACIES at Brighton Digital Festival, 2021
Digital Democracies is a national project, led by Threshold Studios, exploring the intersection of technology, art and public space. The project brings creatives together with civic, cultural, education and tech partners from across the UK, to explore new experiences in our public spaces.
Discover Digital Democracies commissions and events at BDF 2021:
If I Could Get To You (Exhibition)
Dates: 29 October - 7 November
Time: 6.30pm - 6am
Where: The window of Enter Gallery
Amaal Said’s If I Could Get to You is an audio-visual work that uses interviews, film and photography to explore the process of knowing our personal histories and documenting our experience of them. Audiences are invited to peer through the windows at Enter Gallery by night, to experience projected visual collages, and a series of soundscapes accessible via QR code.
The Algorithmic Tales (workshops)
Dates: 30 October & 6 November
Time: 10am - 12pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Through drawing, writing, active play, and a Game Jam, artist David Blandy will lead us to develop a setting that reflects a vision of Brighton and Mars in the distant future, incorporating sites, personal stories, and myths of the area. Participants are invited to meet over two sessions on Saturday 30th October and Saturday 6th November. The group will gather online to brainstorm, write, draw and compile new future mythology for Brighton and Mars via Zoom and using Padlet to merge ideas.
Ancestral Wisdom (Exhibition)
Dates: 1 - 7 November
Time: 10am - 6pm
Ifeatu Nnaobi’s interactive installation invokes deeper questions of heritage and connection for people of global majority living in the diaspora. Participants can engage in the project by asking any of their questions to a customised Artificial Intelligence platform.
From Home (VR Experience)
Dates: 4 - 5 November
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Where: New England House, FuseBox, Level 4
From Home is a project that captures the experience of ‘home’ as it is lived and articulated, presenting these experiences with digital technologies that are both reflective and illuminating. For the prototyping sessions, the footage from around the world will be combined with 360 filmed content, 3D scanned environments, and web-based VR, to create an interactive and immersive experience.
Date: 7 November
Time: 1-2pm (for ages 7+), 3-4 pm (for ages 10+)
For children aged 7 and over: Turn the streets of Brighton into your own video game - discover how to code a maze with multiple levels, cool power ups and custom artwork. These one hour workshops require no previous experience, all equipment is provided.
So near future, from now on (Panel Discussion)
Date: 7 November
Price: £6.50 / £9 / £12
Where: Ironworks Studios or online via Zoom
We will discuss BDF commissions developed for the festival through the Digital Democracies programme and explore themes of occupation and representation in digital spaces, reclaiming narratives in alternate near-future, and making work in public places and across sectors (music, film, photography, gaming, graphic novels and illustration). The panel will be chaired by Elijah in discussion with Amaal Said, Ifeatu Nnaobi, Gbenga Adelekhan and David Blandy.
Digital Democracies is led by Threshold Studios and brings together three of the UK’s leading art and digital culture commissioning festivals – Frequency International Festival of Digital Culture in Lincoln, Freedom Festival in Hull and Brighton Digital Festival. Digital Democracies is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and by Threshold Studios, Freedom Festival Arts Trust and Lighthouse through their partners and funders.