acca autumn 2018

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts announces autumn programme

The UK’s first interactive film event comes to the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) as part of a packed autumn season programme.

ACCA is a cultural hub located on the university of Sussex campus, bringing students, local residents and the wider arts community together by providing a calendar of music, film, dance, installation, performance, discussion and debate.

Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang’s celebrated work, ‘Chalkroom’, will run from Thur 4 – Thur 25 October, and is one of a variety of performances at the venue to utilise VR equipment. In this production viewers can attempt to take flight in a virtual world, moving around an enormous structure constructed from words, drawings and stories.

The Empathy Museum’s pop-up shop, ‘A Mile in My Shoes’, is open between Fri 14 and Sun 23 September and will also use VR equipment to immerse visitors in its work. It allows audiences to experience life from the eyes of others through a collection of audio stories. These explore the power of empathy, and how it can be used to tackle problems such as prejudice and inequality.

The season also sees the venue partner with Brighton Digital Festival, taking place between Thur 13 September and Fri 12 October, hosting the event’s annual keynote conference, ‘The Messy Edge’. Intended to oppose the often heralded ‘cutting edge’, the conference promises to unpack some of the social, cultural and political implications of technology, challenging the dominant perspectives.

The festival will then see a diverse selection of electronic musicians grace the ACCA stage, with performances from Max Cooper, Gaika, Gazelle Twin, Martin Messier, Suzanne Cianni and James Holden & the Spirit Animals.

For November, ACCA has announced a further collaboration with The Marlborough Theatre, hosting two evenings within the ‘Queer Heroes’ strand of their 2018 programme. The first is the newest instalment of the ongoing ‘Thinking Queer’ series, this time looking focusing on writer, feminist and civil rights activist Audre Lorde and taking place on Wed 7 November.

The following night, Rachael Young brings her explosive new performance ‘Nightclubbing’ to the venue, channeling Grace Jones and embracing Afrofuturism.

November will also have ACCA utilising its cinema screen as it becomes part of Cine-City, showing two live screenings. Firstly, on Fri 16 November, Asian Dub foundation will perform their rescore of Mathieu Kassovitz’s ‘La Haine’.

Then, on Sat 17 November, Icelandic string quartet Amiina, who previously acted as the string section for Sigur Rós, will premiere their latest live score for the 1913 silent masterpiece Fantômas.

Laura McDermott, ACCA’S Creative Director, said: “Across the season, artists address a range of social issues. From living with AIDS to racism, and taboos surrounding menstruation and fat. We hope these artworks bring fresh ideas and perspectives to our audiences and that our building and our programme can be a space for reflection, engagement and debate.”

Now, if there’s not enough there to sink your teeth into, you must have a startlingly large bite.

For more information, and to see the full programme, visit:

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