Brighton Digital Festival is where our greatest minds gather to accrue knowledge and celebrate the city’s progressive and diverse digital culture. Taking place over the course of a month, it’s a smorgasbord of thought-provoking exhibitions, workshops, shows, and talks. We asked festival director, Laurence Hill, to give us his ultimate tips for this year.
The Messy Edge is BDF’s in-house conference: it unpacks some of the social, cultural and political implications of technology and challenges dominant perspectives. It’s a day of thought-provoking talks about the stuff that underpins our daily lives and shapes our world.
Desire Lines is an exhibition curated by BDF director Laurence Hill and Donna Close of the University of Brighton. The exhibition explores the use of data to make visible hidden infrastructures and as a portal into other worlds – real or imagined.
This workshop considers our current era of misdirection and ‘fake news’. We are not dealing with traditional propaganda anymore but with new forms of misinformation that go far beyond simple deception.
Extreme weather, automation, political instability, inequality: these crises’ are connected in deep and often invisible ways. Taking work from the System Hive Change project, this exhibition invites us to rethink our relationships with technology, nature and each other.
Who does Facebook really think you are? What kind of identity has Google decided you inhabit? This workshop will tackle these questions, by offering participants a chance to get to creatively engage with their data selves.
What is the role of art and creativity in public engagement with health data? How is the digitization of health records changing public attitudes and medical practices? And how can virtual/augmented reality help us experience our bodies in a different way?
A display of animations made by young people on the theme of extinction and the environment. Working at Brighton Museum, young participants imagined themselves as extinct or threatened species, giving them a voice through animation.
BDF's Big Digital Fair in partnership with Legal & General is a daytime event that will showcase digital business, digital making and arts from across the city and beyond. Expect demos, Lego workshops and much more goodness.
With plenty of discussions recently about the dangers of technology, this special Festival edition of Tech for Good Brighton focuses on the different ways that digital tech can be a force for good in democracy.