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Hidden Paths ONCA Brighton 12-20.10 2019 IMMERSIVE EXHIBITION part of Brighton Digital Festival


16 October20 October

A new and timely exhibition ‘Hidden Paths’ offers an immersive and reflective space to explore how current crises of extreme weather, automation, political instability and inequality are connected in deep and often invisible ways.

‘Hidden Paths’ welcomes visitors to consider the troubled systems that we live in and the possibilities for transformation. Through a series of artworks – from a sonic waterfall, sculptures, recipes, film and video, to a virtual reality (VR) experience – visitors will explore how we imagine the future and what it could mean to live in zero carbon futures that foster equality and wellbeing.

Individual artist participants: Thomas Buckley | Cliff Crawford | Toni Slater| Idil Bozkurt | Alexandra Stuart-Hutcheson | Sam Hewitt | David Holyoake| Molly Astley | Katharine Vega | Rebecca McDonald-Balfour | Envy | Tyler van der Berg | Emily Hallows | Elia Habib | Annie Elliott | Ben Ireland | Lucy Wood | Gregory Campbell |Otter Lieffe | Faumuina Felolini Tafunai |  Charlotte Pulver

Media and guests are invited to the launch event for ‘Hidden Paths’, 6-8pm on Wednesday 16th October, at ONCA Gallery. Click here to RSVP.

This exhibition is part of Brighton Digital Arts Festival 2019.


The System Change HIVE is a new Brighton based collective bringing together young and established artists, together with sustainability experts and digital technologists to explore sustainable futures and alternative systems through the power of art. The HIVE is set up by charity Swarm Dynamics together with partners University of Brighton School of Media, the ESRC STEPS Centre, Wired Sussex and ONCAGallery.

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Swarm Dynamics is a charity and artist collective that harnesses the power of arts and imagination to engage audiences on sustainability issues with a focus on communicating sustainable futures and post capitalist societies (‘system change’) through the use of the arts.

Hidden Paths


Windrush Presence Exhibition at SEAS – Socially Engaged Art Salon 12/10 – 12/11 open every weekday & Saturdays 11:00 -17:00BMECP/SEAS10/a Fleet St. Brighton BN1 4ZE

This might be of interest; SEAS is a local organisation that puts on topical exhibitions and events that bring together digital technology and art.

Windrush Presence depicts the contribution of the Windrush generation to the UK and the experiences of Afro-Caribbeans from the first Windrush arrivals in 1948 to today. The works in the exhibition include digital art, video installation, photography, films and textile works. The opening of the exhibition on October 12th, from 3 to 6 pm, will include a tour of the exhibition with the participating artists; a talk by Dr. Michael McMillan about his book and exhibition The Front Room which documents the living rooms of the Windrush generation (previously exhibited at Geffrye Museum); a presentation by the curator Bolanle Tajudeen about the impact of the Windrush generation on British Art; and a conversation with the photographer Mal Woolford and his neighbour Charlotte Woolford who have found that their ancestors share a dark past.

Supported by Royal Pavilion & Museums’ BME Heritage Network, Brighton & Hove City Council, The Art Council, the BMECP.

Windrush Presence Exhibition at SEAS – Socially Engaged Art Salon
12/10 – 12/11 open every weekday & Saturdays 11:00 -17:00
10/a Fleet St. Brighton BN1 4ZE

Opening event Saturday, October 12th 3-6pm
Please confirm attendance here or on:

Curator: Dr Gil Mualem-Doron
Akila Richards, Poet / Barrel (a participatory art project and a room installation)
Alan Compton, Photographer / ‘Unheard Voices’ (photography project)
Bolanle Tajudeen, Curator / The impact of Windrush generation on British Art (a talk)
Edi Jay Mandala, Artist / The UnBIGOTten (A graphic novel)
Gabrielle Raven, Artist / London Rain (mixed media painting)
Grant Lambie, Artist / Road Map of Kenya (mixed media collage)
John Titi, Story Teller / The Journey
Josef Cabey, Artist / Windrush Doranne’s Series (digital paintings)
Judith Ricketts, Artist / Son of Canaan (Photography series)
Katy Beinart & Kate Theophilus, Artists / Brixton Conversations (a short film)
Linett Kamala, Artist / State of Education – (painting series)
Dr. Michael McMillan, Lecturer, curator, artist / The Front Room (photography research & book)
Mal Woolford: Photographer (with Charlotte Woolford) / Touching Distance (Photography)
River Sweeney, performer and visual artist / The Factory (a video installation)
Sabine Kaner, Artist / Hold on to colour (textile work)
Suchitra Chatterjee, Writer and artist, Now and Then (mix media collage)
Tony Kalume: Artist / Celebrating African & Caribbeans in Sussex past
and present: the lives of Dr. Cuthbert Williams & Shirley Williams (a
short film)

Brighton Digital Festival starts today

Brighton Digital Festival kicks off today

Find out more about how the Centre for Digital Media Cultures is involved with several events as part of the Brighton Digital Festival.

​The Centre for Digital Media Cultures is involved with several events as part of the Brighton Digital Festival taking place in venues across Brighton between 12- 25 October 2019. The Festival celebrates the richness of the creative and cultural industries in our city and explores the ways in which digital technology continues to shape our lives. Find out more and reserve your place at any of these events:

Arts DRIVA:Desire Lines
Edward Street, City Campus
12 – 27 October, 10am and 5pm (except Monday 16 October)

This digital arts exhibition and events programme is a collaboration between the University of Brighton and the Brighton Digital Festival (BDF). It is an outcome of the DRIVA arts DRIVA project led by the University of Brighton, which is investigating the opportunities that arise when a key organisation (Gatwick Airport) releases its data to SMEs and artists. The exhibition is free to the public. There will also be special events, talks and workshops only open to the DRIVA arts DRIVA community – sign up at www.drivaartsdriva.comto attend. More information can be found on the Brighton Digital Festival website, on the Arts DRIVA blog or from Centre member Donna Close on

DRIVA is funded by the European Structural Investment Fund and Arts Council England.

The war on knowledge: Beyond the evidence
Room 309, Edward Street, City Campus
17 October, 10am and 3pm

Visiting Fellow Professor David Garcia is holding a workshop that foregrounds an emerging movement of academics and artists who are seeking ‘evidentiary realism’ and knowledge democracy in the age of the internet. Find out more about this event on the Brighton Digital Festival website. Anyone who registers for this workshop can register for the Messy Edge Conference on 18 October at a discounted rate of £15 (including lunch).

Data, Health and the Arts: Creating Space, Bridging Boundaries
Phoenix Arts Space
23 October, 6.30pm and 8pm

Dr Aristea Fotopoulou is holding an event with an exciting line-up of speakers debating key questions including: What is the role of art and creativity in public engagement with health data? How is the digitisation of health records changing public attitudes and medical practices? Find out more and book your free place by visiting the booking page.

ART/ DATA/HEALTH: data as creative material for health and wellbeing’ (AH/S004564/1 2019-2021) is funded by the UKRI-AHRC Innovation Leadership Fellowship.

Apply now for your place in 2018-19!

Applications are now open for the MA Digital Media, Culture & Society, at the University of Brighton. A fascinating new Course Programme, at the most creative, vibrant city in the country, with strong links to the  digital sector.  This MA programme is unique of its kind, as it can be completed entirely online, if you wish to. You will be part of an enthusiastic international cohort of students!

You will study an innovative programme that aims to engage with some of the most pressing cultural and social issues of our time, such as activism, big data, the cultural and creative economy, everyday life, future cities, and social wellbeing and identity. It covers key theoretical debates in media and cultural studies and draws from local, national and global contexts, to help students develop the critical and methodological skills that are necessary for researching the role of digital technologies in culture and society.

Have a look at the modules offered in the next academic year here.

The MA Digital Media, Culture & Society will:

  • Enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of how changes in digital media technologies impact our cultural, economic, social and political lives.
  • Develop your critical, analytical, methodological and reflective capacity to deploy relevant frameworks in media and communication studies in order to address contemporary areas of concern.
  • Allow you to develop a range of critical, practical, collaborative and professional skills relevant to the digital media sector and the creative industries in global media contexts and economies.
  • Allow you to train in and apply research skills in order to carry out independent research and enable you to undertake further research at doctoral level.


Questions? Contact the Course Leader, Dr Aristea Fotopoulou

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Twitter: @MAdmcs_ub

What students said about us

“I’m a distance student but feel supported and connected” (2016-17 Student).

“My experience of the teaching staff was excellent. They were professional, welcoming, incredibly knowledgeable, passionate and inspiring.” (2016-17 student)


“I have had a lot of one on one teaching time, which is nice” (2016-17 Student).

Join the 2017/18 Student Facebook group Digital Media, Culture & Society @University of Brighton to get a first impression of what it means to be a student in the MA Digital Media, Culture & Society, at the University of Brighton.

Viva! Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas

Viva! Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas

Prof. Deborah Barndt, York University, Toronto

Date: Thursday 5 October 2017, 2-4pm

Location: Room B406 Checkland Building
University of Brighton, Falmer Campus

Deborah Barndt photo

Toronto based artist and environmental and community activist, Professor emerita Deborah Barndt will give a Community- University Partnership (CUPP) seminar reflecting on a number of collaborative, longterm popular education projects, using innovative creative tools such as digital photo stories, documentary photography and collaborative video.

The main focus of this session will highlight Deborah’s efforts to create settler-indigenous dialogue around food sovereignty across the Americas, and includes an overview of three different photographic approaches to food issues she has pioneered:

1) Documentary photography and photo-stories as central to the Tangled Routes research on food chains in the 1990s

2) Digital photo-stories developed by her students in collaboration with local food organizations in the 2000

3) Video and multi-media platforms as research, education and action tools for food sovereignty

Part of the 2017 documentary Cross-Pollinators: Food Legacies from Earth to Table, from Deborah’s current Legacies project, will be screened.

Until 2014, Deborah was professor in the Environmental Studies program at York University, Toronto, where she developed the postgraduate Community Arts Practice program. She has authored many books, including Tangled routes: women, work and globalization and is editor, amongst other books, of Wild Fire: Art as Activism, and Viva: Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas and continues to exhibit, collaborate and write. Further info here:

Deborah will be introduced by Julia Winckler, University of Brighton, who has studied with Deborah and collaborated on a foto-novella at the Canadian Multilingual Literacy Centre in Toronto. Session moderated by David Wolff, CUPP.

The event is open to all and everyone is welcome. To book please RSVP to


Postgraduate Welcome Event

We are ready to welcome all students in the Digital Media, Culture and Society MA, PGDip, PGCert programmes on Tuesday 26th September, in our Moulsecoomb campus, at 10am for our postgraduate induction event. For details, have a look at the Induction poster 2017.

The morning will include:

Introduction and welcome by the Course Leader, an outline of modules by module leaders, Library induction by our Information Advisors, & course admin info by the School Office.

We look forward to seeing you on the day!


Modules this year

The teaching and admin team of the MA Digital Media, Culture and Society at the University of Brighton are looking forward to meeting the new students who have now started enrolling for the new academic year 2017/18. We are excited to be offering some new modules this academic year, including Social Media, Digital Media and Activism in Semester 1. See the page Modules in Detail for an outline of each module.


Datafication of Cycling funded PhD at the University of Brighton

Apply to work this exciting project – application deadline is Wednesday 21 June 2017, 17:30.

This project brings together scholarship in mobilities, intelligent transport and big data to explore the potential of industry-collected cycling data in informing policies and planning for more sustainable transport and mobilities. A critical exploration of cycling data at the intersection of innovative industries and public policies is at the heart of the project. The project engages with current debates on the potential for big data analysis through case study analysis in key cities across the world.

This project would suit someone with a background in computer science/digital media (or related disciplines) with an interest in business and policy, or someone with a background in social science/business (or related disciplines) with an interest in data. The successful candidate would require the following skills.

1. Critical thinking and general research skills in document analysis and literature reviewing will be essential skills, and semi-structured interviews (desirable).

2. Data literacy (essential), data analysis (desirable).

Lead: Dr Frauke Behrendt
Second: Dr Lesley Murray
Third: Professor Phil Haynes