The Light+ podcasts introduce extra voices, opinions and perspectives to enable deeper understanding and exploration of our programme. In this Light + podcast season, we talk to the creators behind selected works from the Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities 2019 touring exhibition. The exhibition at Lighthouse took place in October 2019, as a part of Brighton Digital Festival, and focused on immersive and interactive technologies that enable us to interpret and engage with socio-political infrastructures, storytelling, and the interface of physical and digital worlds. Each of the selected works revealed themes of empathy and intimate encounters with people and places.
In Episode 1, our Senior Producer Sian Habell-Aili talks to Darren Emerson, creator of Common Ground, which centres on the Aylesbury Estate, which was home to thousands of Londoners - a concrete monument to the history and legacy of social housing in the UK. Common Ground is a devastating yet beautiful 30-minute virtual reality documentary showing a stark insight into the realities of gentrification and social cleansing.
In Episode 2, our Programme Intern Elia Habib talks to Tea Uglow, co-creator of My Mother’s Kitchen, an audio interactive documentary. Which shares in the stories of eight LGBTQI+ individuals as they relay intimate memories of their mother’s kitchens. Filled with joy and comfort mixed with inequality and hardship. You can experience this heartfelt audio documentary on any tablet or mobile device by searching www.mymotherskitchen.com.au.
In Episode 3 of the series, Lighthouse CEO and Artistic Director Alli Beddoes talks to Georgie Pinn, creator of Echo, an interactive installation where you can step into the shoes of another through a virtual mirror, select a shared story and discover layers of yourself echoed back to you in this deeply personal exploration of human experience, identity and empathy. Echo is an extraordinary experience not to be missed.
In Episode 4, our final Podcast in the series, we have a panel talk with Lighthouse CEO and Artistic Director Alli Beddoes, Programme Intern Elia Habib, creator of Echo Georgie Pinn, and the creator of Common Ground Darren Emerson. The panel talk was hosted at Lighthouse and comprised of questions from the Lighthouse team and the audience. The discussion explores the use of digital technologies such as virtual reality and how they can be used to further human empathy.
WARNING: There is explicit language in this episode. We apologise for any offence caused.
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This season has been edited by Connor Clark. This season is supported by Arts Council England.