The Messy Edge is Brighton Digital Festival’s in-house conference which takes place at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and is supported by them and by the Sussex Humanities Lab.
The underpinning of the Messy Edge remains the same as it was in 2017. We cannot build a better future on the deeply flawed foundations of the present. Digital technology is not something that we can use to paper over the cracks, despite what futurists and ‘technochauvanists’ (Meredith Broussard) would have us believe. We cannot ignore the complicated, messy and ugly facts of our current social realities. The Messy Edge is not about technophobia either, we believe in the power that digital has to make better futures for everyone. The house position is, officially, critical optimism.
This year we are examining in/visibility and vulnerability in digital spaces and their echoes in the world.
We have speakers exploring surveillance, immigration, vulnerable communities, access to knowledge, representation and the erasure of the line between knowledge and action. We’re exploring fundamental shifts in human behaviour and the slow gif movement.
The Messy Edge is low cost and designed for everybody. We guarantee that if you come and spend the day with us, eat lunch with us, listen to our speakers, engage with them, then you will end the day with new perspectives, that will positively impact your work, your studies, your spare time.
people curious about the state of the digital world we live in, artists, activists, students, those making digital products