Category Archives: Brighton Digital Festival

ShortCircuit – Revisited

6.30-9pm 10th Sept 2015

6.30-9pm 10th Sept 2015

Hardly seems possible that two years have past since Jo Verrent and myself showcased @DigitalBrighton 4 of our ShortCircuit Arts Council, South East ActionResarch collaborations at Lighthouse Arts.

What better time to tap into the wonder of what happens when disability and digital collide than 2 years on to the day, focusing on two of our original ShortCircuit artists: Chisato Minamimura & Jon Adams, both of who took the kernals of ideas hatched at ShortCircuit nurturing them into fully fledged projects with their wonderful digital partners in furtive studios and on the streets.  Not only that Jon Pratty who helped Jo and I develop this line of enquiry will be chairing in his new role as Chair of Brighton Digital Festival.

We’ll be sharing their work tomorrow at Lighthouse in a special event, surrounded by other shortcircuitry from the recent SprungDigi Festival. We’ll be considering the wider context too of this work that sings The Creative Case for Diversity, We don’t just want bums on seats we want you to be part of the conversation.    You can book yourself a FREE ticket for the event here, but do so quick before all the tickets run out.

A wonderful evening of showcase, talks, films discussions and all sorts of visionary collisionary. Be there.

Chisato Minamimura: D x D

Chisato stands by a wall, her hands on her hips, behind her, her outline also stands, with lines showing her previous movements too.Deaf choreographer and performance artist Chisato Minamimura can’t hear the music she choreographs to and so she set out to play with animator Dave Packer, Sheep Films, to see how they might be able to make it more visual.

Chisato has been working with scores for her choreography – linking movements to the space they occupy – on the body and in the space, using the mathematics of music as a base. Continue reading

Dolly Sen: The Internet has Crashed

a screen saying cast down your internet and follow meMultimedia artist Dolly Sen chose to explore what it would be like if the internet experienced psychosis; If it heard voices or thought it was Jesus. Drawing on her own experiences of psychosis, and working with Peter Pavement, from Surface Impressions on programming and sonic artist Jon Adams on sound, she created a stunning prototype which mixed seriousness and humour, giving a provocative insight into mental health.

The site seems very ‘normal’ when you first arrive at it – but then things start to shift. Continue reading

Jon Adams: Stalking the Book of Mozilla

a composite image on green with shapes highlighted in pink, light green and salmon. There are some hexagons and a black line drawn down from them too.Artist Jon Adams plays with concepts of hidden, buried and obscured in many of his commissions, using his experiences of Aspergers and dyslexia as a positive starting point. Through Short Circuit, he spent time at Mozillia’s base in London this summer, exploring, excavating, and stalking – just like a fox – and creating artsworks in response.

At the Short Circuit showcase, he began by showing a film created from visually manipulating images shot on site (of carpet and flooring) with a sound track featuring the Mozilla bar football machine and iPad synths. Continue reading

Caroline Ward: Souvenir of at City

an interpreter signing by a screen on which there is an image of Brighton's Big Wheel seen between two streetsDeaf artist, Caroline Ward has been developing the concept of an audio-visual souvenir of a city – sonifying locations through walking, imagery and imagining the linked sound memories. Working with artist Anya Ustaszewski, composer/sonic artist and musician and Dave Mee of Madlabs.

For Souvenir, Anya has sampled sound on and around Brighton’s big wheel, and used sounds from everyday objects inspired by the wheel, to create the music, subtly manipulating the sound inspired by the images. Dave, one of the founders of the Manchester Digital Laboratory, has used his experience designing and creating unique interactive experiences using software, technology and social systems. Continue reading

The sounds of Jon Adams…

For Short Circuit, Jon Adams went to ‘hide’ at Mozilla’s headquarters in London for a couple of days. An artist who works across media to explore many issues, Jon was fascinated by the additional layers Mozilla provided – online/offline, open/closed, hidden/displayed – and has created a whole host of media to showcase tonight as part of Short Circuit at Brighton Digital Festival, Lighthouse, Brighton, 6pm.

As a taster, here are some of his sound pieces – but you’ll have to wait until tonight to experience them fused with visuals. Can you tell where the sounds originate from? He’ll explain all tonight… Continue reading

Take one kinect, one animator and one Chisato Minamimura…

Take a look at some images of this team deep in play getting ready for tomorrow’s Short Circuit event at Brighton Digital Festival.a computer screen on which there are the outlines of two people moving, shown by white lines a black computer screen with the outline of a person on it moving their hand - you can see how their arm moves due to a trail they leave behind them

Are you coming to see what has emerged from a collaboration between deaf artist Chisato Minamimura  and animator Dave Packer? Chisato can’t hear the music she choreographs to so has been working with Dave to map the maths and create stunning new visuals for this new choreographic form.

Dolly Short Circuits

2013-09-03 12.12.00Dolly Sen is a Short Circuit artist who will be presenting her most recent brush with digital at Brighton Digital Festival #BDF2013 tomorrow at Lighthouse in Brighton 6-8pm.  A visual artist, writer, film-maker, and performer interested in non-consensual reality, outsidership, empathy, authenticity and absurdity – she teeters on such delicious edges, don’t miss them!

‘I have been labeled ‘mad’ by society. My work aims to show I make perfect sense. To that end, I am creating a website experiencing psychosis, which hears voices, thinks it is being spied upon, and that it is Jesus.  It does 2 things: reflects my own experience; but also asks: what if the internet experienced madness, what would it look like, would you ever return to it, report it, what does it feel to vicariously experience psychosis? Virtual reality may not exist, but what if it didn’t exist twice removed? Or what if the psychosis makes it more real?’

Seeing Brighton through Caroline Ward’s eyes… and ears

One of the artists being showcases next week is Caroline Ward, a deaf film maker who has been exploring different ways to capture visual and sonic souvenirs, working with digital music maker Anya.

the camera pointing down two streets with the brighton big wheel in the distance between the streetscaroline and her camera capturing the brighton big wheela panarama of brighton beach and the piera close up of part of the big wheel

Judging from these snaps, the work will be rich, textured and quirky – can’t wait to find out more at the Brighton Digital Festival on September 10th, 6pm.