Brighton Digital Festival: Messy Edges Conference

The Messy Edge 2019

Organized by festival director Lawrence Hill,  Messy Edges, the Brighton Digital Festival’s annual conference, was a vibrant, hugely insightful and innovative day-long event which included a host of brilliant speakers, from Bill Thompson, to Catherine Allen, to Akeelah Bertram and Kuchena, Carmen Weisskopf of Mediengruppe Bitnik, Rhiannon Armstrong, Maya Indira Ganesh, Tonya Nelson and Dr. Nishant Shah. The conference highlighted the huge potential and productive activation of digital media to make the world a better place, but it also highlighted potential misuses and risks associated with their usage.

Kuchenga and Akeelah Bertram – whose work is part of the Digital Festival and currently in the show Desire Lines, Edward Street, University of Brighton.

Emillie de Keulenaar from OlLab discussing the production of misinformation and the dissemination of far-right political thought across fringe and mainstream platforms.

Here (below and above) are some of Rhiannon Armstrong’s collaborative poems.

Viral Open Sessions: Creating Culture Our next Viral Open Session is with guest speaker, Emma Warren (author) joined by Matt Weston (director at Spacemakers) and Bobby Brown (artist manager in the music industry) to discuss the relationship between space, culture and community.

Thursday 30th October
6:30 – 9pm
Lighthouse, 28 Kensington St
Brighton, BN1 4AJ Continue reading Viral Open Sessions: Creating Culture Our next Viral Open Session is with guest speaker, Emma Warren (author) joined by Matt Weston (director at Spacemakers) and Bobby Brown (artist manager in the music industry) to discuss the relationship between space, culture and community.

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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