Lighthouse are delighted to be at the heart of Brighton Digital Festival 2012. The festival is a celebration of digital culture featuring a whole month of exhibitions, performances, meet-ups, workshops and outdoor events that run alongside Brighton’s iconic digital design conferences. It is run by members of Brighton’s arts and digital communities, and administered by Wired Sussex in association with Lighthouse.
Marking out Brighton as a major destination for digital culture, the festival this year includes digital visionaries like Matt Webb (Berg), Ben Hammersley, Hannah Donovan (This Is My Jam), and Alice Taylor (Makielab), digital artists such as David Blandy, Luke Jerram, and Seb Lee Delisle, science pioneers such as Kevin Warwick and James Burke, science fiction legends Brian Aldiss, Warren Ellis and Jeff Noon, and cutting edge digital thinkers and makers such as Leila Johnston, Anab Jain (Superflux), and Tom Armitage (Hide & Seek).
They’re among over 50 well-known names giving talks in the first week alone. Team that up with over 100 exhibitions, performances, meet-ups, workshops, and the UK’s fastest growing Maker Faire, and you’ve got one of the most intriguing digital festivals in Europe.
Lighthouse’s own 24 projects for the festival explore where art meets technology. Highlights include:
ODYSSEYS BY DAVID BLANDY
1 – 23 September, Phoenix Brighton
David Blandy is a contemporary artist based in Brighton and London who uses video, performance, digital technology, animation and comics to investigate the form and content of the popular culture that surrounds us. Odysseys is a major exhibition of his work and his largest monographic show to date. It features recent works including, Anjin 1600 (2012) and Child of the Atom (2010), which draw on the visual language of Japanese anime to tell deeply personal cross-cultural stories, plus collection of works which have arisen out of Blandy’s deep interest in game culture, including Duels and Dualities (2011) Soul of the Lakes (2005) and Samurai Story Part 2 (2008).
IMPROVING REALITY 2012
6 September, Pavilion Theatre
A half-day conference which playfully and critically looks at how designers, artists, and makers are using various technologies to shift our perceptions of reality. It features features graphic novelist, Warren Ellis, art and science luminary, Luke Jerram, digital innovators Usman Haque, Anab Jain and Leila Johnston, We Make Money Not Art’s, Regine Debatty, Rhizome’s Joanne McNeil, Rebekka Kill and more.
Expect presentations of artworks inspired by science, speculative stories, radical designs, unlikely inventions, and a few surprises.
The conference is followed by an evening panel session featuring some of the most prominent names in speculative fiction, including science-fiction legend, Brian Aldiss and Jeff Noon.
PIXEL PYROS BY SEB LEE DELISLE
2 September, Jubilee Square
A stunning outdoor interactive performance by artist and creative coder, Seb Lee Delisle.
WORKSHOPS IN SCHOOLS
18 – 25 September
Creative technologist Natalia Buckley will be inspiring the digital artists and designers of the future in a series of coding and hacking workshops at Varndean High School and Brighton Aldridge Community Academy. Plus there’s much more from Brighton’s Mini Maker Faire, screenings of much-loved anime classics at the Duke of Yorks cinema, a hackday for young people, a gaming tournament, hands-on workshops in creative coding, and a primer on how streaming media is changing culture.
Our full programme is online here: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/brighton-digital-festival-2012