Brighton Digital Festival (BDF) is the city’s annual exploration of digital culture and how it shapes our lives and thinking. With this year’s festival now well underway, here are some of my must-see events, based on insights I’ve had working as the BDF press officer with the festival and the Fugu team.
A great introduction to the festival showing how technology meets art. Curated by the festival’s director, Laurence Hill, it shows work from across the globe that has been shortlisted for the Lumen prize digital art competition.
22- 30 September
I didn’t make it to Sheffield Doc/Fest this year, but luckily the Lighthouse and BDF team did, and they have brought back the best of the Alternate Realities works for us to experience. Avoiding gimmicks, these pieces explore prominent themes of borders, identity and loss using AR, gaming, social media and interactive installations.
Possibly the most instagrammable event of them all. Digital artist Thomas Buckley will be using different projection methods to bring the spectacle of rain inside the grade II listed chapel, all the while keeping us nice and dry.
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
For me, this exemplifies the ethos of the festival. This day-long conference will invite speakers to provoke our thoughts and discuss the tensions around visibility and invisibility online. If you want to know what BDF is about, get down there! And it’s only £20 for the full day.
I’d also encourage you to attend any of the events on 9th October 2018, which also happens to be Ada Lovelace day. This day celebrates the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths, named after the world’s first computer programmer.
There is, of course, much more to see and do and you can check out the full festival programme here.
Enjoy the Festival!
by Louise Conway, BDF press intern at Fugu