Brighton Digital Festival

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?

Brighton Digital Festival

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.

Six Stories

  • 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.

Project: OggBots!

  • 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

One-off events

BAM! Comics’n’Computers

  • 3, 25 Sept, 6–8pm
  • New Writing South, 9 Jew St BN1 1UT
  • A digital comics workshop exploring the pros and cons of putting comics on-line.

Beyond the Bright Black Edge of Nowhere

  • 4 Sept, 8pm
  • The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove BN3 1AS
  • Tickets £10
  • The story of one of America’s most bizarre mass disappearances, told through cut ups of 1950s B-movies, promotional films & commercials with a live electronic score, live classical instruments and eight monologues.

Brighton Mini Maker Faire

  • 6th Sept, 10am–6pm
  • Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, 29 New Rd BN1 1UG
  • £8 (£6 in advance)
  • More than 70 makers and workshops and close to 4,000 visitors expected.

‘I Dream of Wires’

  • 9 Sept, 7:30pm (starts 8pm)
  • St. George’s Kemp Town, St George’s Road BN2
  • £6, £7 on door
  • A new and hugely entertaining documentary about the demise and phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer
  • @wonderland_hq

Starting a new business?

Technology Strategy Board Information Day

  • 15 Sept, 2pm
  • Find out what funds are available through the Technology Strategy Board for creative and digital businesses, and how you can access them.
  • @wiredsussex

YouTube Marketing For Creative StartUps

  • 16 Sept, 2pm
  • Venue TBC
  • £5
  • is a company passionate about making business videos seen online and on this event we are keen to share some insights into how to get it right.

300 Seconds Brighton Digital Festival Edition

  • 17 Sept, 6:30pm
  • Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, 68–72 Grand Parade BN2 0JY
  • Lightning talk event which showcases the diverse expertise of women speakers in digital and technology fields.
  • @300SecondsBTN #300SecondsBTN


  • 17 Sept, 7:30pm (starts 8pm)
  • Komedia: Studio, 44–47 Gardner Street, North Laine BN1 1UN
  • £6
  • An evening of slash fiction featuring talks and readings.

Brighton Recall

  • (2, 9, 16) 23 Sept, 6–9pm
  • 9–10 Jew Street BN1 1UT
  • New Writing South will be mapping the stories of Brighton using HistoryPin
  • @newwritingsouth
  • Final presentation of a selection of stories on Tuesday 23 September, location TBC. (First three dates are workshops)

Building Trust Online

  • 18 Sept, 6pm
  • The Blue Man, 8 Queen’s Road BN1 3WA
  • Join the conversation about building trust in the sceptical age of the internet with the team from Macmillan Cancer Support’s new digital project team.
  • @teamupmacmillan

Quick Strips

  • 18 Sep, 6:30–8.30pm
  • Latest Musicbar, 14–17 Manchester Street BN2 1TF
  • Twelve of Brighton’s brightest graphic novelists strip off in five minutes to show you how they use their kit, and what they’re using it for.
  • #QuickStrips

Archaeology goes 3D

  • 20 Sept, 12–4pm (drop in)
  • Brighton Museum & Gallery
  • How the University of Brighton’s Cultural Informatics Research Group are turning archaeological finds into digital 3D models.

Kuroi Cube

  • 20 Sept, 5pm-midnight
  • Venue TBC
  • An installation and performance of a video games tournament in a variety of modes of spectating and participation.
  • @Fight_Lab #KuroiCube

Creative, Digital and IT Open Studios

  • 22–26 Sept, 9am, details TBA.
  • For 5 days this September, as part of Brighton Digital Festival 2014, Brighton & Hove based Wired Sussex member companies will open their doors, offering the chance to see what goes on behind the scenes at Brighton’s most creative and innovative companies.

Are we all journalists now?

Note: This turned out to be an even from the previous year that had turned up in the 2014 programme by mistake!

  • 24th Sept, 7pm
  • The Mesmerist, Prince Albert Street BN1 1HE
  • Guest speaker Aidan White will explore the growth of digital technology and proliferation of ‘citizen journalism’ has raised important questions for journalists and the trade unions that represent them.
  • @nujbrighton #NUJbrighton


  • 26 Sept, 7:30–11pm
  • Phoenix Brighton 10–14 Waterloo Pl. BN2 9NB
  • A night of experimental performance, talks and forays into the digital and the visceral.
  • £6
  • @feelingsensing #transmute