AN EXPLORATION OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN DISABILITY AND DIGITAL COLLIDE
BY SPRUNGDIGI, PRESENTED AS PART OF BRIGHTON DIGITAL FESTIVAL
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Lighthouse was delighted to host two events by SprungDigi, a mentoring programme for learning disabled artists from Brighton, Guildford and Horsham.
SprungDigi is curated and produced by Sarah Pickthall and her collaborators, shaped by learning disabled artists, and presented in partnership with Lighthouse.
A huge success for them this year was the inaugural SprungDigi Digital Arts Festival, held in Horsham, which “saw 15 people with learning disabilities work with Pickthall and other inclusive arts and digital experts in creative workshops in schools, day centres and clubs,” The Guardian.
For Brighton Digital Festival 2015, the group presented ShortCircuit and SprungDigi Dares You!
On Day 1, ShortCircuit, hosted an evening of screenings, new artworks and discussion featuring deaf dance artist Chisato Minamimura, animator Dave Packer, sound artist Wesley Goatley and digital artist Jon Adams.
On Day 2, SprungDigi Dares You! was an action-packed day of participatory events, designed to get visitors actively involved in creating digital artworks.
SprungDigi is a digital leadership mentoring programme for learning disabled artists from Brighton, Guildford and Horsham. Through workshops, mentoring and creating new work, the programme empowers learning disabled artists to explore the creative potential of the digital space.
SprungDigi is curated and produced by Sarah Pickthall and collaborators, shaped by learning disabled artists, and presented in partnership with Lighthouse. The SprungDigi team previously produced the epic Blue Touchpaper in 2012 and the digital mapping app Mapfactor, which used the expertise of local disabled people to make easy-to-understand maps for outdoor arts events.
SprungDigi provides opportunities for participants learn new techniques and gain experience of how digital technology is influencing the following disciplines:
- Music and voice
- Filming, streaming and mapping
- Dance and movement
- Gaming and visual art
ShortCircuit and SprungDigi Dares You! are part of Lighthouse’s programme for Brighton Digital Festival 2015. Brighton Digital Festival is a month-long celebration of digital culture. It is run by members of Brighton’s arts and digital communities and supported by Arts Council England and Brighton & Hove City Council.