BRIGHTON FESTIVAL, 2013
A CELEBRATION OF DIGITAL CULTURE
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Lighthouse were pleased to take part in Brighton Digital Festival 2013, a whole month of exhibitions, performances, meet-ups, workshops and outdoor events that ran alongside Brighton’s iconic digital design conferences.
Brighton Digital Festival builds bridges between Brighton’s thriving digital creative industries and Brighton’s equally vibrant arts community. It includes events organised by a diverse range of designers, tech companies, community groups, arts organisations and individuals who are passionate about Brighton’s digital culture.
Lighthouse’s programme for Brighton Digital Festival 2013 included major international artists such as Timo Arnall and Hide&Seek, experimental artists such as Kate Rich and Daisy Ginsberg, writers and technologists such as Jeff Noon and Tom Armitage, critics and thinkers such as Keller Easterling, Justin Pickard and Paul Graham Raven, and a film programme, featuring Charlie Brooker, which showed how technology is transforming cinema.
One of the central themes running through the programme was how digital networks can be made visible, physical and tangible in the real world. This was expressed through a major new exhibition by leading digital designer and filmmaker, Timo Arnall, a series of outdoor games by Hide&Seek which culminated in a late-night event at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, and our flagship conference Improving Reality. This inspiring day of talks showed how artists, designers, writers and technologists – including Paula Le Dieu, Tobias Revell and Frank Swain – are changing our perceptions of reality.
We also explored how digital technology is opening up new opportunities for telling stories, building story-worlds and enhancing the narrative of cinema beyond the screen in our film programme which included the opportunity to see two episodes of the acclaimed television series, Black Mirror, introduced by it’s creator, Charlie Brooker. We also delved more deeply into this territory in an exciting film industry event, reFramed: The Great Storyscape, which brought some of the most innovative makers in film and technology together for two days of talks, screenings and workshops.