One of the highlights of living in Brighton is the amount of creative output in the city, alongside the huge amount of tech that goes on here. Combining both of these is the Brighton Digital Festival. This year between 13th September and 13th October 2018.
I went along to the opening on Thursday 13th at Phoenix. This includes the work for the Lumen prize exhibition Uncommon Natures. My highlights from this includes Degenerative Cultures by Cesar and Lois, which involves fungus growing inside books about the nature of humanity, and then turning this into a digital fungus, which is reading the same book and degenerating it. You can see an output of this on the projects twitter feed @hellofungus.
Another part of this exhibition involved Windsocks that (I think) measured the wind in different city locations and brought them into the space, operating as a kind of telepresence. Its all very fascinating, though during the opening speeches they did keep bumping into people.
Alongside this exhibition is the celebration of the Computer Arts Society 50th Year. This includes work by Roger Saunders, demonstrating some of the very early computer art involving character maps, very reminiscent of ascii art today. He even had designs for his own design and art programming language PLAD, which after talking to him may be getting ported to run on a Raspberry PI. It looked a bit like processing, which is a design language I have used in the past for art projects, and I liked the approach of mounting source code to the wall, and approach I took at my RCA DI Exhibition.
Amongst the other events I’m most looking forward to, which is tonight (15th September) is Bring Your Own Beamer, where artists take over a space, (The Old Market in Brighton) and project on the walls. Theres always something fascinating. My favourite pieces of the past where a 4 player Pacman (3 playing ghosts) played on and projected inside a balloon.
There will be shows throughout the month, the hard work of many artists, designers and developers. I should know as in 2014 and 15 I worked on 2 events!