Announcing our Arts and Tech Commissions 2014

Melissa RayUncategorized

We are very excited to announce the six Arts and Tech Commissions for Brighton Digital festival 2014. These commissions were devised to support the development and exhibition of new and ambitious pieces of work that explore the fusion between arts and technology.

BDF’s very own Arts Advisor, Laurence Hill, has been providing practical and curatorial support for these commissions, and has provided introductions to each piece below.

Laurence says ‘I’m delighted that we can now announce the recipients of of the 2014 Arts and Tech commissions, which I think are a fantastic representation of the broad range of work happening in this field. I’m particularly excited that a number of these works will take place in public locations making the work accessible to a much wider audience. Something that’s important both to me and to the Festival.’

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Hidden Lines is a kinetic video and light installation by Oliver Hein that will bring to life an empty shop space in the heart of the city, creating a moment of poetry and light for passersby.

In Revolution #10, sound artist, Joseph Young, takes to the streets of Brighton with a sound installation, a collage of recordings of the people of the city creating their own people’s manifesto in the run up to next year’s elections.

The New Digital Archaeologists is a project by speculative designers Marcel Helmer and Henrik Nieratschker exploring the idea that with our present increasingly mediated by machines, future historians may only find limited material from our current society.

Shrinking Space: Mind’s Eye takes the audience on a walk through the solar system, guided by interviews with space engineers and technicians working on ‘live’ missions such as Rosetta, the first mission to chase, orbit and land a probe on a comet.

In Undercurrent, a new work by Natalie Kane and Coralie Gourguechon, a wall of paper speakers responds to the movement of visitors by playing the ‘hidden’ sounds of our every day, among them the hum of computer fans and the steady tick of servers.

Interstice is a work by Alex Peckham, a transparent, luminous sculpture creating a melody based on the human genome that would take centuries to play to the end. Where Interstice is about life and its finite nature, a second new work is about the infinite, about space.


This week we will be celebrating this announcement by highlighting one Arts and Tech Commission per day on our Twitter @DigitalBrighton

You can also follow BDF Arts Advisor Laurence Hill over at @LaurenceHill