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News - 31 August 2017

Brighton Digital Festival announces 2017 programme

Brighton Digital Festival: 14 September to 13 October 2017 @DigitalBrighton #BDF17

The UK’s largest exploration of digital culture, today announces its programme for the festival’s seventh year, which runs from 14 September to 13 October 2017 across venues in Brighton and Hove.

Brighton Digital Festival celebrates Brighton’s creativity, its innovative digital economy, and its top-level arts scene. It does this whilst also providing a space for meaningful critique about the role of digital technology in reshaping life and culture.

Events range from high profile conferences, small meet-ups, exhibitions, and workshops, offering something for everyone.

This year, for the first time ever Brighton Digital Festival is holding its own in-house conference - 
The Messy Edge
 - which will explore the frontiers of digital culture.  The Messy Edge aims to challenge dominant perspectives and provide a space to think about how we run the risk, despite the opportunities that digital gives us, of building a future on the deeply flawed foundations of the present.

conference will also return to the festival this year, featuring industry experts and inspiring outsiders on how to approach the challenge of thriving in turbulent times.

Brighton will also host an evening of networking and four inspiring speakers including Anjali Ramachandran, Laura Jordan Bambach, Jamila Prowse and Michelle Watson.

Virtual Reality (VR) is again one of Brighton Digital Festival’s most popular features. After it’s sell out run back in 2016 the
s back this year at The Old Market, to take you from the depths of the oceans to intergalactic space and every conceivable world in-between.

A new installation by
, co-commissioned by the British Science Festival, will also be on show as part of this year’s festival, as well as an exhibition from the shortlisted proposals for the Huxley Building’s public art commission.

In addition, global award for digital art, The
, will open a year long, touring exhibition of recent prize winners’ art for the final two weeks of the festival.

Laurence Hill, Brighton Digital Festival manager, said: “The festival programme for 2017 has the potential to be our biggest and most assorted range of events yet. It’s great to see the festival grow and evolve year on year with people from all communities are becoming a part of it.

“The way in which we engage with technology and the effect it has on our culture is one of the festival’s biggest themes this year. It’s a great way to explore all aspects of technology, and shine a light on the impact that technology could have on our world, both positive and negative,” added Hill.

Brighton Digital Festival event submissions are still open to individuals or groups interested in holding business, arts or community based events that engage with digital culture in Brighton & Hove. Interested parties should visit
and submit event details before midnight on 13 September to be included on the website listing.

Brighton Digital Festival is a Community Interest Company run by the community for the community. Its premier sponsor is EDF Energy and it receives funding from Arts Council England. The festival has many partners and sponsors, see
, which ensures the festival remains free for grassroots organisers to deliver great events.

For up to date event information and more on the Brighton Digital Festival, visit
or follow @DigitalBrighton on Twitter.






21 September @ Sallis Benny theatre  

A SheSays evening of networking with three speakers talking about the impact they are making to change the world. Including the co-founder of global women in tech group Ada’s List, Anjali Ramachandran. As well as Laura Jordan Bambach, co-founder of global group SheSays and the creative partner at agency Mr
President. Finally, Michelle Watson who’s online dating service “My Favourite Hello” is designed for people with aspergers, autism, and learning disabilities.


26 September @ The Old Market  

Returning for 2017, a one-day conference bringing together artists and technologists to explore how technology continues to disrupt the theatre industry.  Join leading practitioners, funders and sector support organisations to question how we can harness the power of emerging technology to tell better stories.  (speakers announced mid July)


27 September @ The Old Market  

Through panel talks, open discussion, tech demos and creative interventions, join The Alternative UK for this fascinating event which invites you to consider the deeper impacts of the technological revolution.


29 September @ Brighton Dome concert hall

Dots is a one day conference on Friday 29th September in the Brighton Dome Concert Hall. This year's conference will feature industry experts and inspiring outsiders on how to approach the challenge of thriving in turbulent times.


13 October @ The Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts

The Messy Edge is an in-house Brighton Digital Festival conference, our first, that will explore the frontiers of digital culture.

It will challenge dominant perspectives and provide a space to think about how we run the risk, despite the opportunities that digital gives us, of building a future on the deeply flawed foundations of the present.

The day will feature a mix of speakers, artists' work and opportunities for discussion.


5 October @ Patterns

Lighthouse, totallyradio and Fugu present a day of inspiring conversation with a focus on next generation radio creators and technologists, as well as sound art and live music. This year’s full-day event is led by influential grime DJ, radio presenter and promoter Elijah as part of Last Dance - a programme of research and events that examines the creative and social impact of the decline of clubs and live venues.




14 - 24 September @ University of Brighton, Edward Street building

A shortlist of six finalists has been selected in the first stage of an open competition from Brighton Digital Festival, University of Brighton and Brighton & Hove City Council, who have partnered to co-commission a new piece of public art for the Huxley Building on the University’s Moulsecoomb campus.


Casting Out the Self

14 September – 13 October @ University of Brighton, Edward Street building

Dominic Hawgood's site-specific installation and 2K animation digitally reconstructs a major solo exhibition of his that was recently, and unexpectedly, cancelled. The animation serves as a hallucinogenic window into another world, questioning the role of the gallery, and exploring how light installation can be experienced in the virtual. Acoustic elements of this commission have been developed in collaboration with producer Lanark Artefax, with interactivity overseen by Gregory White.


30 September-13 October @ The University of Brighton, Edward Street building

Brighton Digital Festival has partnered with the Lumen Prize to stage an exhibition of the winners of the 2017 prize, the first stop on a year-long tour.

The Lumen Prize celebrates the very best art created digitally. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, their goal is to focus the world’s attention on this exciting genre through an annual competition, a global tour and associated activities including workshops, seminars and special events. The winners will be announced at a gala event in London on September 21st and the exhibition will be installed in Brighton the following week.


15 September - 30 September @ ONCA

Mephitic Air is a new data visualisation and sonification installation from Wesley Goatley & Tobias Revell which explores the spaces between human and machine interpretations of air pollution. An air pollution sensor outside the gallery sends live data into the installation, which is then visualised as multi-layer projected visualisations and surround-sound data sonifications. Supported by Brighton Bus Co, Arts Council England and Technical Solutions.




7 September, 21 September & 12 October @ 68 Middle Street

Brighton Digital Festival explores the unexpected realities of digital culture in a new live podcast. At three public events featuring creators, innovators, and thinkers, this podcast will unpick our bitter-sweet relationship with digital technology and bring important topics from the fringe to the forefront.


18 September @ The Old Market

WiFi Wars is the World Record-Breaking live comedy game show where the entire audience play along! Login with your smartphone or tablet and compete in a range of games, quizzes and challenges to win the show, and prizes! Hosted by comedian and regular videogames commentator Steve McNeil.


19 September – 13 October @ The Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts

Felix Thorn’s ‘Felix’s Machines’ combines with Ed Handley and Andy Turner who are the electronic music duo Plaid. The Plaid and Felix’s Machines show brings together a unique mixture of natural amplification and audio processing synchronised with hypnotic patterns of light and movement.


19 – 20 September @ The Old Market

AΦE approached South East Dance last year for guidance on developing their VR dance project and piloted prototype show at BDF last year at TOM with their support.

Inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud, WHIST invites you on a VR journey into the unconscious mind, through the dreams, fears and desires of a fictional family. This one-hour experience merges physical theatre, interactive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and an art installation.


20 September @ The Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts

A double bill of audio-visual collage artist Vicki Bennett and cellist and composer Oliver Coates. Working under the name People Like Us, Vicki Bennett specialises in the manipulation and reworking of original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds. Oliver Coates is a cellist, composer and producer based in London. This performance will feature visuals by Laurence Lek.


21 September @ The Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts

Holly Herndon became a leading light in contemporary music by experimenting at the outer reaches of dance music and pop songwriting possibilities.

On her second album, Platform (RVNG Intl. / 4AD), Herndon could be viewed as the 21st century’s answer to the protest singer, were she not also a composer of such sublime music.


22 September @ The Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts
Musician and producer James Lavelle presents sounds from his collaborative project UNKLE. Everything James Lavelle has created and initiated has been driven by the same irrepressible sense of curiosity and an incorruptible willingness to take risks.


22 September @ Duke of York's Picturehouse

Brighton Digital Festival, Scalarama and the Duke of York’s Picturehouse are proud to celebrate the Duke’s 107th birthday with this unique screening of Metropolis, featuring a live piano accompaniment from Dmytro Morykit.

Scottish-based composer/pianist, Dmytro Morykit is one of the few musicians to receive official permission to create new music to sit alongside Fritz Lang’s classic.


23 September @ The Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts

Taking the shape of an audiovisual concert, supercodex [live set] uses raw data and mathematical models to generate music and projections.

What at first sounds like a battle of digital noise, blips and bass drones, gradually engages the listener with elements of techno and dance music, Live, the use of stark visuals adds textures of percussion making it difficult to distinguish between the senses.


29 September @ The Old Market

Inspired by One Hundred years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

MACONDO combines instruction based theatre, binaural sound and poetic writing to create a unique theatre experience where Audience members perform for each other.  


1 October @ The Old Market

Exploring chronic pain and the invisible world of pain. We are joined by artist and researcher Clare Plumley who will give insight into her own pain and an overview of how pain works. The ballet is accompanied by a VR experience looking at VR as storytelling in the world of chronic pain.


4-5 October @ The Old Market

A comically enraged performer tears his costume off, never to perform again. At this desperate point, his super conscious kicks in, fiendishly and hilariously provoking him to dream, to remember, to fall in love, to dare, to carry on or to end it all.
In this acrobatic tour de force, ErictheFred is pulled from one extreme to the other, running the gamut of human emotions; suffering dismay at the death of his beloved, enjoying the long awaited rapture of an adoring audience and in transcendence, traveling to the moon, only to be obliterated in an explosion of stars.


7 October @ The Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts

Wolfgang Voigt’s project, GAS, an intoxicatingly sinister work of sound art based on highly condensed classical sound sources, thrills a global audience far beyond the traditional electronica and techno music scenes since over 20 years. By combining abstract nature sounds with strings and brass alongside GAS’s minimalist cover designs incorporating photographs he took in the forest, Voigt shows his strong affinity for Romanticism and portrays the forest as a mysterious or melancholic place.


10 October @ Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Katie Dale Everett is a local dancer who is Supported by South East Dance's Emerging Artist Programme.

A mixed-media choreographic programme exploring the consequences and patterns of our online actions. Splicing together dance, film and audience participation for a three part programme. Please bring a smartphone to take part in Conversations About the Digital.


10-11 October @ The Old Market

Medea Electronica is a wild and imaginative retelling of the ancient Greek tragedy, set in the technological turbulence of the 1980's. The company create work that tramples all over the boundaries between theatre and live music, in order to make work that is raw, savage, beautiful and challenging. An all original mash up of contemporary, cinematic soundscapes and 1980’s Electronica.


12 October @ Duke’s at Komedia

Brighton Digital Festival and Duke’s at Komedia are proud to present Fabrizio Terranova’s portrait of iconic scholar Donna Haraway.

Donna Haraway’s groundbreaking work in science, technology, gender and trans-species relationships over the last four decades is marked by her deep commitments to feminism and environmentalism. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion led by the University of Sussex’s Digital Humanities Lab.




14 September-13 October @ filmtiki studio

filmtiki and amoeba develop narrative-led, immersive, interactive VR experiences and AR apps in their Brighton studio. This is your chance to see them at work and experience immersive VR on an HTC Vive. Our studio will be open throughout the Brighton Digital Festival to experience work in progress and finished installations.


2 October-6 October @ Various Venues

Some of the most exciting local digital, media & tech companies will be opening their doors to showcase what they do, where they do it and how in partnership with Wired Sussex. This is a great chance to connect with brilliant companies, meet industry experts, explore career options and see first-hand what Brighton has to offer.


Hands on:


21-24 September @ The Old Market

After a sell out run in 2016, vrLAB returns to take you from the depths of the oceans to intergalactic space and every conceivable world in-between.  Virtual Reality offers you the opportunity to step into new worlds not just by seeing but by being there.  Working in partnership with Brighton’s leading VR studio, Make [REAL], we have sourced the best experiences from the local VR community and around the world for you to try over this three day event.


23 September @ Museumlab, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Hands on experience in helping to update Wikipedia, to provide more articles and images on African fashion. Full training will be provided on the day. Also includes a first look at the Museum’s new collection of post-1960’s African textiles and garments. This event is part of the Fashioning Africa project and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


26 September-4 October @ Vincent Dance Theatre

We all want to be ‘liked’ and ‘followed’, but what effect does constantly performing for the camera have on our lives? These 2 hour workshops offer a creative space for anyone aged over 14 to reflect on the impact of social media in their lives in response to Vincent Dance Theatre’s VIRGIN TERRITORY.


7 October @ The Old Market

Fusing an interactive script with a live and responsive sound design. REMOTE is an interactive live game interrogating the politics of choice, and decision-making in an immaterial world, saturated with technology. This is a piece of game-theatre that you play sitting down, and it’s entirely led by you, the audience.


Learning/Family Friendly:


23 September, 1 October, 7 October & 8 October @ Whitehawk Public Library, Hangleton Public Library and Jubilee Library

Free drop-in mobile maker labs at libraries outside the city centre. Combining hands-on making exercises, such as Toy Hacking, 3D pens, and cardboard crafting, with digital activities like 3D scanning, 3D modeling, 3D printing, electronics and interactive sound art.


7 October @ The Spire

Animation workshops run over 2 days for children aged 7-14. Will explore short animation as an art form,as well as Lego animating; a day of making, breaking and animating Lego and minifigures.


16 September @ i-Crossing

Free coding sessions for 6-16 year olds to learn how to create and programme on a computer. Run by a group of volunteers who want to help the next generation of coders get an advantage in life and work.


7 October @ Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Learn how to create your own animations and Gifs and help us bring museum objects to life in this fun, interactive workshop. With Brighton Youth Film Festival and Sheepfilms. For 14-25 year olds.

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