All next month will be my first Brighton Digital Festival. Today I’ve been looking through all of the events, and wow is there ever a lot happening! I created a list of the ones that interested me the most and I’m blogging it here because why not?
Events that span much of the month are listed first, followed by events that take place over just one or two days. Some of these overlap, but I’m going to try and attend and get involved as much as I can this year. If by chance you’re reading this plan to go along to one of these too, say hi!
Ongoing / multiple day events
Mind of the City
- 1–30 Sept, 3:38pm
- Place TBC (possibly multiple locations)
- A data visualisation tracking all the social media across the city, exhibited in public spaces.
- @imaginebrighton #ImBrighton
The New Digital Archaeologists
- 2–9 Sept 10am–5.30pm (weekends 11am–6pm)
- Brighton Media Centre, 15–17 Middle Street BN1 1AL
- Visitors are invited to explore new/alternative approaches to handling our own digital remains and experience the work of a future Digital Archaeologist.
- 3–28 Sept, everyday, 11am–6pm
- Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street BN2 9SF
- An installation that invites visitors to set their own news agendas. Hidden within an innocuous plug socket is a device that acts as a virtual router, allowing users to access and edit national news websites being viewed through the local WiFi network. For the duration of the festival, Lighthouse’s gallery space will be transformed into a ‘News Fixing Bureau’ where visitors can surreptitiously satirise, spin or subvert the news being read by those nearby.
The New Sublime
- 6, 7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–27 Sept (Wed-Sat) 11am–5pm
- Phoenix Brighton, 10 – 14 Waterloo Pl. BN2 9NB
- An exhibition and series of discussions exploring the new ways in which artists who use digital technology are engaging with the viewer’s attention. This is a thorny subject because technology catches our attention in a particular way. When viewing this kind of work we may be initially fascinated and involved, but eventually slightly bored. This may describe our relationship to technology in general.
Remix the Museum
- 9–28 Sept at Brighton Museum & Gallery
- 10am–5pm, closed Mondays
- The Brighton Youth Film Festival teams up with animator Dave Packer and a team of young creators as they present a visual remix of the museum’s collections.
- 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 Sept, 9:30am–4:30pm
- St John’s Centre and Cafe, Palmeira Square, Hove BN3 2FL
- A video installation presenting older people talking about their memories and thoughts on life and death.
- 20, 21, 27 Sept 2014
- Various start times/locations
- A huge city wide treasure hunt to solve the mystery of the alien, ‘OggBots’.
- @makerclubuk #oggbothunt
- All month, 24/7
Become part of the communal writing event, with characters and events criss-crossing across the city, multiply described in a jarring, storytelling mosaic.
- @geowriting #geowriting