This year’s Digital Weekender at Watermans brings together the best digital artists, and the most exciting work to give you a chance to try out immersive theatre, virtual and augmented reality and here see fabulously out-there music that will stretch your experience beyond the everyday.
Highlights of the festival weekend are:
Whist by AΦE, a virtual and augmented reality theatre experience in which you make the choices to create your own story. Creative Review described it as ‘A disorientating combination: but a powerful one… No two people will experience it in the same way’.
Binaural Dinner Date by ZU-UK: the premiere of this fun and engaging immersive experience in a restaurant setting, where the visitor will be the performer in his own date. He’ll be guided through the perfect date by a voice in his ear… whether he come as a single or with a friend or partner, and see where it could take him.
Wheels, Strings & Holographics: A Musical Odyssey: A triple bill of musicians at the forefront of technological and musical innovation. People will immerse themself in a holographic universe inspired by myths and fairytales in Tinderdust’s The Forest of Phasmagoria (premiered in August at the Royal Academy of Arts). Be astounded at the musical virtuosity possible using bicycle wheels with /cYcle by Montreal’s QUADr Electroacoustic quartet; and experience a string symphony like no other from Alexis Langevin-Tétrault.
DIY Wearables: A 2-hour workshop with Paul Clifford where families and adults can create their very own funky badge, hat, wristband or something else to wear that lights up or makes sound using the BBC Microbit and other great bits of tech.
Plus lots more free events and installations suitable for children and adults, taking place throughout the Weekender: you could virtually travel the world in Nye Thompson’s The Seeker; discover the science of music in an interactive sound installation and free workshops with Helen Steer; see new robotics works by artist Patrick Tresset in exhibition Whilst we were here… we made some drawings; or try your hand at making outlandish music in interactive outdoor installation Cyclophones.
The annual Digital Weekender at Watermans takes over the riverside arts centre in a festival of the best and brightest digital art out there. Virtual Reality, immersive theatre, interactive installations robots…a different and fun event, and lots of it’s free too.
Watermans is West London’s leading arts centre. It attracts over 230,000 visits a year to its thriving and inclusive programme of independent cinema, family and Asian theatre, regular weekend festivals, exhibitions and courses. Watermans runs a year-round programme of cutting-edge digital arts for which it receives National Portfolio Organisation funding from Arts Council England, and has done so for many years.
Watermans also leads several other major projects outside its venue. These are primarily concerned with broadening access to high quality arts in communities that engage little, if at all, in the arts, to support community cohesion and economic regeneration:
Bell Square, the outdoor arts venue in Hounslow Town Centre, now in its third year. It attracted 34k visitors to Hounslow Town Centre in 2015, just under half of whom said that these events were the primary reason for their visit and that they would go onto spend money elsewhere in Hounslow. 72% say they are more likely to return to the town centre because of these events;
Circulate, a London-wide outdoor arts touring network that regularly brings free events to Hounslow including to Bell Square and the Brentford Festival; and Creative People & Places Hounslow, Arts Council England’s major investment in increasing arts capacity in underserved areas, working in Feltham, Heston and Cranford, and central Hounslow.