An exciting new series where artists are invited to explore the very edge of new technology, #TOMtech is encouraging everybody to come and see their captivating collection of works.
Taking place at The Old Market throughout September’s Brighton Digital Festival, the season will feature development labs, brand-new commissions, debates, gatherings, performances and demonstrations from the finest exponents of these crafts.
Working with live cinema and projection pioneers The Light Surgeons and digital design technologists The Workers, ProjectLAB will be exploring how digital image can be manipulated in a moving landscape. Using the latest generation of portable projectors, this lab brings together these two leading lights of the sector to explore new possibilities. You can see the results at a free sharing event on Weds 7 Sept.
The rise of immersive technologies has the potential to revolutionise the way in which we experience culture and engage in stories. Working with local creative production company Driftwood and multi-channel network CANVAS, LAB360 will set out a new dramaturgic framework for working in 360 degrees. You can see the developments online via www. theoldmarket.com/tomtech or see the lab in action on Fri 16 – Sun 18 Sept.
A quadraphonic virtual reality installation, Slave To Mortal Rage allows you to walk around, explore, interact and uncover a story in which you are the central character. It’s the third virtual reality installation by internationally renowned company CiRCA69, and the first to utilise on a room-scale. Coming to TOM on Sun 4 – Weds 7 Sept, the work combines HTC Vive technology to create an incredible immersive experience.
Adam Buxton presents a BUG: David Bowie Special on Thurs 8 Sept. Celebrating some of the music legend’s incredible videos and onscreen appearances, this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some key moments from Bowie’s career and remember the indelible mark he made on our cultural landscape.
Pushing the boundaries of live music technology at TOM the nine-piece Electric Youth Ensemble, Audio Active and the East Sussex Music Hub present Visions of the Future on Sun 11 Sept. Technology ranging from a modified 1982 Commodore 64 and laptops wirelessly connected to flute and electric guitar, meets cutting edge sampling, live drums and analogue synthesis. Visuals come from Olivia Louvel, who’s created a bespoke backdrop of archive footage exploring the title theme.
On Mon 12 Sept at TOM, a brand new one-day conference brings together theatre makers, creative technologists, manufacturers and others. It’ll address the challenges and opportunities faced by theatres and artists by emerging technologies. It’s a chance to share best practice, network with like-minded storytellers from across the creative industries, and inspire new collaborations.
Taking over the whole of The Old Market on Fri 16 – Sun 18 Sept, vrLAB gives everyone a chance to get hands on with the new generation of virtual reality content. With over 15 different experiences over a three-hour session, you can be one of the first people to experience a series of mind-blowing worlds. Booking is strongly advised.
A cross disciplinary performing arts project, commissioned by the British Council, SuperEverything* was created by leading audio-visual artists The Light Surgeons in collaboration with a group of Malaysian artists and string players from the Heritage Orchestra. Filmed on location across Peninsular Malaysia, this live audio-visual performance explores the relationship between identity, ritual and place. Weaving different documentary narratives to create a poetic audio-visual tapestry, it forms a kaleidoscopic portrait of the culturally diverse landscape of Malaysia. Coming to TOM on Sat 24 Sept, this project aims to elevate its audience to contemplate our shared human story and question who we are as a society.
#TOMtech runs at The Old Market throughout September, as part of Brighton Digital Festival.