Hard to believe I know, but it really is 1st September, which means the height of summer is over and that the C word is only four months away. But, enough of that already, September is a wonderful month and with it comes the return of the Brighton Digital Festival.
This year’s offerings cover new digital art exhibitions and performances to inspire and bedazzle you; comedy, workshops and outdoor events to participate in and conferences, hackathons and meet-ups to gain valuable knowledge and insight.
|Mutator 1 + 2|
Digital Arts and Culture
From 7 September pioneering digital artist William Latham will be exhibiting Mutator 1 + 2 at Phoenix Brighton. Throughout the 1980s, William Latham worked as one of the UK’s pioneering computer artists. Blending organic imagery and computer animation to create complex 3D futuristic organisms. This is his first major exhibition in the UK for over 20 years, Mutator 1 + 2 will include early hand-drawn work, large computer generated Cibachrome prints, video art and projected imagery.
Leading writers and producers including Charlie Brooker will be talking at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse following an exclusive Black Mirror screening, which will explore the what-ifs and potential side effects of technology.
Participate in real life gaming, allowing you to shape action unfolding around you with a new outdoor, interactive event created by Roots Experience. The Rise and Fall Of Geo Goynes combines digital technology and theatre. Members of the public are guided on a journey across the city for the ultimate real life gaming experience.
|Mini Maker Faire|
On 7-8 September join in at the Mini Maker Faire, returning for its third year to the Corn Exchange. Celebrating the Maker movement, this inventive and creative faire asks those attending to embrace the do-it-yourself mindset and aims to discover new and exciting digital inventions. Look out for a giant knitting robot, laser printed trains, a 3D body scanner, and a social media powered photo booth. Having attracted over 7,000 people in 2012 the Mini Maker Faire has a growing following.
Learn to program with Scratch, children aged 10 to 12 are given the chance to learn and make their own computer games and animations. It’s free and takes place at St. Bartholomew's School on 14 September at 10am and 2pm. Plus, Glimmers from 1 to 30 September, is an event that takes groups on a fantasy sci-fi treasure hunt around Brighton’s town centre.
At the heart of the festival is an integrated education programme led by Lighthouse, with the aim of taking students out of school and putting them directly into the festival programme. There will be an informal teacher-led event, TeachMeet, which invites teachers to share good ideas, practical innovations and personal insights about teaching with technology.
Reasons to be Creative
2 - 4 September 9:30am at The Dome
The conference includes inspiring talks by international designers, coders, creatives, filmmakers, animators, installation builders, illustrators, and artists presenting three tracks over three full days. Brought to you by the same people who created the acclaimed Flash on the Beach conference and New York's Geeky by Nature conference in 2011. FOTB ran for over five years and became one of the biggest and best loved 'Flash-centric' conferences in the world.
4 September, 9:30 – 19:30 at Komedia
Part of the Wired Sussex ConnectedTV events programme, ConnectedTV is a practical guide to making money and reaching new audiences. The programme is sponsored by Relentless Software.
5 September, 11:00am at Dome Studio Theatre
Lighthouse’s digital culture conference explores how artists, technologists and writers are disrupting our notion of reality. This collection of inspiring talks features major thinkers such as Keller Easterling, artist and biologist Daisy Ginsberg and gonzo futurist, Justin Pickard.
6 September, 9:00am at Dome
Curated by Clearleft, dConstruct is the festival’s most popular conference. Aimed at web designers and developers, the annual, internationally renowned conference gathers some of the brightest minds in the design community to explore big issues in the digital industry today.
Let’s Get Real
16 September, 9:30 at Dome Studio
Let’s Get Real is aimed at professionals looking to improve their digital offer (website, social media etc.) and to understand more about reaching target audiences. Speakers will include Penguin, Time Out and Government Digital Services representatives.
12 - 13 September, 10:00 at the Dome, Corn Exchange
The festival’s free one-day conference, Brighton SEO, is expecting over 2,000 of Europe’s best digital marketers. Aimed at agency delegates, marketing teams, business owners and freelancers, the line up will feature a range of speakers from the digital marketing industry covering a number of hot trends.
Open Studios 2013
23 - 27 September, 9:00 at various digital, media and creative studios