Immersive and interactive works questioning and interpreting politics of borders, identity and loss are coming to 2018’s Brighton Digital Festival.
Lighthouse is presenting selected works from the Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities exhibition, which exhibited at the internationally renowned documentary festival earlier this year.
The works present the possibilities of how immersive and interactive technologies enable us to interpret and engage with socio-political infrastructures, storytelling and the interface of physical and digital worlds. “Alternate Realities was an incredibly impactful programme at Sheffield Doc Fest this year,” says Alli Beddoes, CEO and Artistic Director of Lighthouse. “Together, we have selected these works from the programme to explore specific themes which examine the social, political and cultural potential of connectivity and immersive experience. Working with this technology, in this way, allows a healthy conversation around site specificity, how new platforms are presented – and how that can introduce different perspectives to an artwork.”
The pertinent programming reflects current affairs – Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas’ is currently focusing on the injustice of indefinite detention at Yarl’s Wood detention centre and the importance of refugee resettlement schemes. We’ve also seen how visa restrictions are hitting many arts and cultural events – including Sheffield Doc/Fest and Womad – as highlighted in the open letter published in The Guardian this week.
Each work uses a different technological platform to explore the ideas – interactive installation, augmented reality, gaming, and social media.
Terminal 3 (Augmented Reality)
Explore contemporary Muslim identities in the U.S. through the lens of an airport interrogation. Step into the uncanny to directly interrogate, and determine the fate of, the hologram passenger before you.
Project Creator: Asad J. Malik Producers: Jill Klekas, Jake Sally, Nigel Tierney, Zeda Stone
Duration: 12 min
Belongings (Interactive Installation)
For many in the developed world, life can be consumed with material objects. But what if you had to flee your homeland forever? What’s the one item you couldn’t live without? The subjects of this immersive installation were faced with that very decision.
Project Creators: John-Paul Marin, Matt Smith, Tea Uglow, Kirstin Sillitoe Producers: Megan Gibbon, Jonathan Richards
Duration: 20 min
The Loss Levels (Game)
A deeply personal yet playful collection of fifteen experimental narrative arcade games that narrate the artist’s experience in 2017 when he lost his brother in the Manchester Arena terror attack. Project Creator and producer: Dan Hett
Duration: 4 min
Where is Home? (Interactive Documentary – Instagram)
A journey through West Africa that asks the simple question. What is home? This Instagram-based project reveals a complex range of thought-provoking answers, and interrogates people’s understanding and experiences of a fundamental concept that’s often taken for granted.
Project Creator and producer: Ifeatu Nnaobi
Duration: 30 mins
Lighthouse is a Brighton based contemporary digital arts organisation that specialises in connecting new developments in art, technology, science and society. We support and produce new ideas, world-class commissions, film and moving image productions, exhibitions, education and talent development schemes.
Alternate Realities comes to Brighton’s Lighthouse on Fri 21 – Sun 30 Sept 2018