Brighton: the final frontier

Brighton Digital Festival has announced a series of commissions as part of its month-long celebration of digital culture.

They include Mind’s Eye by Mary Jane Edwards and Andy Franzkowiak – an outdoor audiovisual piece that will bring the entire solar system to the streets of Brighton.

Participants will be taken on a beguiling trail across the solar system (Brighton), guided by the voices of astrophysicists and engineers who will talk them through live space missions.

Learn about how Mercury is being orbited by the spacecraft Messenger; the journey of the Venus Express; and Saturn and its moons, which are being navigated by another craft, Cassini.

The venue is still to be confirmed for Mind’s Eye and it will run from 13-28 September.

Hidden Lines
Hidden Lines

Meanwhile in a disused shop in Brighton town centre, a kinetic video and light installation by Oliver Hein will see a domestic robot whizz around in what first appears to be a pointless journey.

 You can view Hidden Lines from outside the shop and will be able to see words appear on the walls from which is inferred some kind of further meaning.

The venue for Hidden Lines is still to be confirmed and it will run from 1-28 September.

The new Digital Archaeologists is a project by Henrik Nieratschker and Marcel Helmer and is based around the conceit that the fictional New Digital Archaeologists are here to preserve and develop digital culture and knowledge for future generations.

The New Digital Archeologists
The New Digital Archeologists

The piece invites the public to explore new approaches to handling ‘digital remains’ and to experience the work of a future Digital Archaeologist.

Nieratschker and Helmer say, ‘We’re 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.’

The New Digital Archaeologists project will take place at the Brighton Media Centre from 2-9 September.

Elsewhere Alex Peckham will show his work Interstice and an entirely new piece which is a response to this.

Interstice
Interstice

Interstice combines sound, light and traditional sculpture in an interactive piece, which looks to ‘sonify the human genome’ – or rather make an audible evocation of it.

As genomes (genetic material) are so vastly complicated, so is the resulting melody, which would take centuries to play to its conclusion.

Brighton Digital Festival says, ‘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 says, ‘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 will be shown at The Brighton Media Centre from 2-9 September.

Brighton Digital Festival (www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk) is a month-long celebration of digital culture, which takes place across Brighton and Hove from 1 to 28 September 2014.

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