The third Brighton Digital Festival opened yesterday. Over the course of September, over 160 events will take place throughout the city, ranging from developer’s conferences to art shows to comedy nights.
At the Royal Pavilion and Museums, we’re working on three separate events for the festival. Two of these are collaborations with digital arts agency Lighthouse. On Saturday 14 September, Lighthouse will host a Game Jam with game designers Hide & Seek. Young people from Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy will work with designers and teachers to create Brighton themed games, and we’ll be supplying images and data from our collections to support this.
The games made by these young people will be showcased at a Digital Late in Brighton Museum on Thursday 26 September. Our Late events are a great opportunity for showing off digital work. Tom Hamilton’s work proved very popular during our Too Late? event back in March, and the Digital Late will be a chance to reimagine the entire museum as a storyspace. The Digital Late will also feature new work from Project Spore, a collaboration between renowned author Jeff Noon and creative technologist Tom Armitage.
Before those events, however, we will be using the Digital Festival to launch a new smartphone app: Story Drop. Funded by Arts Council England, and produced in partnership with Brighton developer Surface Impression, we will launch the app at a free drop-in event in Brighton Museum on Saturday 7 September. The app will be free to download for iPhones, iPads and Android devices, and you will be able to download it using the free wifi in Brighton Museum. The event will be a chance to talk to some of our digital team, and to meet the developers from Surface Impression. The app will feature a special mystery tour for the festival, and the first few visitors to complete the tour will win a small prize.
But what’s the app about? I’ll reveal more later this week, but for now, here’s a short teaser trailer.
Kevin Bacon, Digital Development Officer