Six new artworks for Brighton Digital Festival

Brighton Digital Festival today announces six new artworks that will be exhibited across Brighton as part of its month-long celebration of digital culture. The artworks have been made possible through the Arts & Technology Commissions, which were offered to artists for the first time this year.

As part of an expanded array of funding opportunities at this year’s Festival, the Arts & Technology Commissions support the development and exhibition of artworks across Brighton. In addition, the successful applicants are receiving guidance and support from the Festival’s newly appointed arts advisor, Laurence Hill.

Laurence said: “The grassroots nature of Brighton Digital Festival is one of its unique features and the arts and tech commissions have given us the opportunity to augment the already excellent work coming out of the arts and digital communities in the city. The selected commissions will both challenge and engage, and alongside work commissioned by the city’s galleries, I have no doubt they will add to the Festival’s growing reputation for digital art.

Laurence added: “I’m particularly thrilled that many of the commissions will be presented away from a traditional gallery setting in empty shops and public spaces. It’s important to me and to the Festival that we continue to introduce new audiences to digital art and this is an excellent way of doing so.”

Hidden Lines observes a domestic robot’s endless journey; Revolution #10 creates a digital nod to Speaker’s Corner; The New Digital Archaeologists ask how we handle our digital remains; Mind’s Eye explores the solar system via the voices of those most familiar with it; Undercurrent exposes the technology behind a soundscape of digital background noise; and Interstice sonifies the human genome through a subtly interactive installation.

Undercurrent

 

The six works are:

 

Hidden Lines by Oliver Hein (top)

Venue: TBC – disused shop in central Brighton
Dates: 1-28 September
Times: After dark

Hidden Lines is a kinetic video and light installation by Oliver Hein that will bring new life to an unused space. From outside passersby will be able to look in and wonder at the unfolding narrative, bring their own reasoning and connections to it.

A beautiful blue light pervades a disused shop at the heart of Brighton & Hove’s city centre. On the floor of the shop a domestic robot trundles through the space, bumping into walls turning, moving back across the space in an endless, pointless journey. At the same time words appear on the walls, grow larger and then disappear. Are the words random or are they telling a hidden story, recounting an ancient poem? And what’s the connection between these seemingly disjointed words and the little robot on its endless journey?

Oliver Hein said: “The Brighton Digital Festival is a great context to show my new installation: Hidden Lines uses everyday technology to create a deep blue space in which art and poetry merge and take us on a mind journey.”

 

Revolution #10 by Joseph Young

Venue: Locations around the city
Dates: 12/13 & 19/20 September
Times: 11am-5pm

Inspired by the audio collage Revolution #1 in which the Beatles sung “You say you want a revolution, well you know, we all want to change the world”, sound artist Joseph Young has devised Revolution #10. Over a couple of weekends in the city and online Joseph is collecting answers to the following questions:

1) If you became Prime Minister what is the first thing you’d say to the nation?
2) Does democracy matter?
3) Complete the sentence: ‘We need a revolution because…’

From these fragments Joseph will create a sound collage, a people’s manifesto to be taken back out onto the streets and installed in busy locations – a digital nod to Speaker’s Corner and election campaigning.

Join the revolution at www.revolution10.uk from September 1st. Send in your own personal images of revolution via twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #revolution10; or email a sound recording of your answers to the 3 questions at thepeople@revolution10.uk.

Joseph has worked with web designer Oli Pyle and designers Fruit for the Apocalypse in creating Revolution #10.

The New Digital Archaeologists by Henrik Nieratschker and Marcel Helmer

Venue: Brighton Media Centre
Dates: 2-9 September
Times: Weekdays 10am – 5.30pm, weekends 11am-6pm

In our increasingly digitally mediated world in which new technologies come and go in rapid succession, what will we leave behind for future historians and archaeologists? How will they be able to ‘read’ our present?

The New Digital Archaeologists is a project by speculative designers Marcel Helmer and Henrik Nieratschker. The exhibition shows objects and documents of the New Digital Archaeologists, a semi-fictional group of individuals, dedicated to the idea of preserving and developing digital culture and knowledge for future generations. The audience is invited to explore new/alternative approaches to handling our own digital remains and experience the work of a future Digital Archaeologist.

Henrik Nieratschker and Marcel Helmer said: “We’re looking forward to be part of the Brighton Digital Festival this year and excited about the opportunity to develop and show a new piece of work that explores the digital heritage of our time and opens a space for experience, reflection and debate.”

 

Mind’s Eye by Mary Jane Edwards and Andy Franzkowiak
Venue: TBC
Dates: 13–28 September

This ambitious outdoor audiovisual piece taking place in one of Brighton’s least known areas brings art and science together and offers the audience an opportunity to explore and understand the solar system via the voices of those most familiar with it.

Take a trip on foot through the solar system guided by astrophysicists and engineers working on ‘live’ missions in space. Wander through the orbits of Mercury, being orbited by Messenger, through Venus soon to be impacted by the Venus Express and into the outer reaches of the solar system, exploring Saturn’s densely populated system with Cassini meandering from Titan to Enceladus to the rings of Saturn herself and all the way out to Voyager 1 now in interstellar space and arguably beyond the sun’s influence.

Mary Jane Edwards and Andy Franzkowiak said: “As an arts collective we have always admired Brighton Digital Festival ability to build such necessary bridges between digital creative industries and arts communities, so are thrilled to have been awarded an Arts & Technology commission this year.”

 

Undercurrent by Natalie Kane and Coralie Gourguechon (above)

Venue: 23 Brighton Square
Dates: 8-28 September
Times: 10am – 6pm

In Undercurrent, a new work by designer Coralie Gourguechon and artist/technologist Natalie Kane, a large installation of handmade paper electronic speakers is triggered to play sounds by the movement of people in the space.

The sounds heard in the installation will be those of our every day lives such as the sound of laptop fans, the tick of servers, the drone of speakers. An interactive installation, audience members will be able to discover these hidden sounds by walking along the wall, making and discovering their own soundscape.

The speakers will be opened up to show their individual elements reflection the pair’s interest in making technological systems transparent and visible.

 

Interstice by Alex Peckham (below)

Venue: Brighton Media Centre

Dates: 2-9 September

Times: Weekdays 10am – 5.30pm, weekends 11am-6pm

Commissioned artist Alex Peckham will be showing his artwork Interstice at the Brighton Media Centre, together with an entirely new piece designed as a response to this work. Interstice combines spatialised sound, dynamic lighting and traditional sculptural techniques to produce a subtly interactive installation which sonifies the human genome, creating a melody that would take centuries to play to its conclusion.

At the core of the work is a four foot long inverted boat-like form cast in water clear resin. Illuminated from within, each time a note is played the light within the work grows and then fades, plunging participants momentarily into darkness.

Alex Peckham said: “I’m delighted to be a part of Brighton Digital Festival once more, this time as a commissioned artist. Even today fine art that uses technology-based media is often viewed with suspicion, so it’s nice to see BDF supporting such work.”

Interstice

 

Brighton Digital Festival runs Wed 1 – Fri 28 Sept 2014, at venues all over Brighton.

 

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