#BDF14 Photos – two weeks in

Melissa RayUncategorized

Brighton Digital Festival 2014 is well and truly in full swing – and showing no signs of slowing down. As we find ourselves halfway through the month, it feels like a good time to take a minute to reflect on all of the digital splendor that has gone on over the past couple of weeks. With over 150 events running throughout September, very crude maths would suggest that around 75 events have already come to pass, and while we cannot cover all of them – we thought we’d share with you some photographic highlights from #BDF14 so far.

 

My Robot Companion – An Afternoon with HARR1

My Robot Companion - Francesca Moore

Photo by Francesca Moore

HARR1 (Humanoid Art Research Robot 1) with a group of attendees at Fabrica. My Robot Companion was a conversation event aimed at older audiences, investigating the world of “social robotics” and what the future might hold for us.

 

Improving Reality – Visibility is a Trap

Improving Reality - Roberta Matis

Photo by Roberta Matis

Speakers Metahaven and Susan Schuppli on stage at the end of a mind-blowing day of talks, with Holly Herndon appearing on the screen behind. Run by Lighthouse, Improving Reality is a one-day conference that brings together artists, thinkers and makers to share and experience groundbreaking art and ideas of the present.

 

The New Sublime

The New Sublime - Oleg Pulemjotov

Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov

A young gallery-goer discovering the interactive nature of Scenocosme‘s “Phonofolium” at the launch of The New Sublime. Devised and curated by The Fortunecats, the exhibition features international artists exploring digital technologies in their practice and research, and runs until the end of the month at Phoenix Brighton.

 

Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2014

Mini Maker Faire - Roberta Matis 2
Photo by Roberta Matis

Crowds of thousands descended upon Brighton Dome Corn Exchange for the ever-popular Brighton Mini Maker Faire. Super-fun for geeks of all ages – from Pac Man orbs, hacked knitting machines and banana-batteries to paper speakers, toy-hacking and cola chemistry!

 

Laser Light Synths

Laser Light Synths - Oleg Pulemjotov
Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov

Award-winning digital artist Seb Lee-Delisle invited the entire population of Brighton to become musicians for one night only. Using his touch-sensitive LED “Laser Light Synths”, wide-eyed visitors set off hundreds of lasers, illuminating the columns of the Unitarian Church on New Road. Check out video footage here.

 

Mind’s Eye

Minds Eye - Oleg Pulemjotov
Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov

An intrepid space explorer (and her dog) listening to all corners of the solar system at Shrinking Space‘s “Mind’s Eye”. Experience sonorific space travel from the comfort of Circus Street Brighton every weekend until the end of the month.

 

Persistent Peril vs Paul Hayes: ‘Dark Ride’

Dark Ride
Photo by @fruitingbodies

Persistent Peril made a Lego monorail you can ‘ride’ through an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset – what more can I say? Check out this amazing video by Angie Thomas to see it in action.

 

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