As part of the 2019 Brighton Digital Festival, contemporary art charity Lighthouse is exhibiting three interactive and immersive artworks from the internationally renowned Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities exhibition.

The three artworks enable intimate encounters with people and places, and include a virtual reality piece, an interactive documentary, and an installation that allows you to step into someone else’s shoes through a virtual mirror. In an increasingly divided world – be that politically, economically or ideologically – this exhibition connects us to individuals, lives and stories that we would not necessarily encounter.

Common Ground — Virtual Reality documentary, 30 minutes
Welcome to the Aylesbury Estate, home to thousands of Londoners, a concrete monument to the history and legacy of social housing in the UK, and a stark insight into the realities of gentrification and social cleansing.
Creator: Darren Emerson
Producers: Darren Emerson, Ashley Cowan
Country: United Kingdom
Age recommendation: 13+
Individual booking is required, click here to book your slot!

Echo — Interactive installation, 4 minutes
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.
Creator: Georgie Pinn
Producer: Kendyl Rossi
Country: Australia
Age recommendation: 16+

My Mother’s Kitchen — Interactive audio documentary, 8 minutes
Share 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.
Creators: Maeve Marsden, Tea Uglow
Producers: Olivia Rosenman, Samantha Cordingley
Country: Australia
Age recommendation: 16+

Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities Exhibition is a leading platform for interactive and immersive non-fiction experiences from around the world. The second Alternate Realities UK Tour is presented by Sheffield Doc/Fest with partners Lighthouse, Brighton, HOME, Manchester and the Barbican, London.

Alli Beddoes, Artistic Director at Lighthouse says: “It is a true pleasure to be working with Sheffield Doc/Fest for the Alternate Realities tour again this year. We selected these three works for their powerful stories and groundbreaking use of technology. They all impact us emotionally and intellectually, encouraging a deeper connection to our shared humanity. These real stories, from across out world transport us to new places and new understandings.”

Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities tour comes to Brighton’s Lighthouse from the 12 – 20 Oct. For more information, head to their website