Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities programme is a leading platform for interactive and immersive non fiction experiences from around the world. This autumn and winter, the second Alternate Realities UK Tour presented by Sheffield Doc/Fest with partners Lighthouse, Brighton, HOME, Manchester and the Barbican, London, will exhibit highlights from the 2019 Alternate Realities digital art exhibition.
The three-venue, free to explore Alternate Realities Tour, will feature eight international digital art projects from the critically acclaimed Alternate Realities Exhibition, which was attended this year by over 7,500 people during the six-day festival.
Says Melanie Iredale, Interim Director Sheffield Doc/Fest, “It’s such a pleasure to see some of the best-loved digital art projects from Doc/Fest 2019 go on to reach new audiences at prestigious venues across the country. Many of these projects are personal and profound stories of love and identity, each engaging the viewer through interactive or immersive technologies. The response we had to the Alternate Realities Exhibition in Sheffield was overwhelming, and we look forward to working with Lighthouse, HOME and the Barbican in the coming months.”
The tour includes the Sheffield Doc/Fest Best Digital Experience Winner, Echo (Australia), an interactive installation created by Georgie Pinn which invites the audience to step into the shoes of another for a deeply personal exploration of human experience, identity and empathy; and Big Dada (UK, Hong Kong), a series of ‘deep fake’ moving image works inserted into social media channels as a digital intervention in June 2019 from Sheffield Doc/Fest commission Spectre by artists Bill Posters and Dr Daniel Howe, supported by Arts Council England, Site Gallery & British Council.
Other projects range in experience from gentrification and social cleansing, LGBTQI+ lived experience, sexuality and disability, gender expression and an ancient Chinese tale of truth bending.
Darren Emerson’s virtual reality installation, Common Ground (UK) is an immersive and stark insight into the Aylesbury Estate, a concrete monument to the history and legacy of social housing in the UK and home to thousands of Londoners. Maeve Marsden and Tea Uglow’s interactive documentary My Mother’s Kitchen (Australia) is filled with joy and comfort mixed with inequality and hardship, and invites the audience to share in the stories of eight LGBTQI+ individuals as they relay intimate memories of their mother’s kitchens. Tamara Shogaolu’s virtual reality installation Another Dream (Egypt, Netherlands, Norway) presents the gripping story of an Egyptian lesbian couple who, facing a post-revolution backlash against their community, must choose between love and home, and asks how do you rebuild a life when you know you can never go home?
In Maria Belen Poncio’s 360° Video 4 Feet: Blind Date (Argentina) Juana, an 18-year-old woman in a wheelchair who is anxious to explore her sexuality, overcomes her fears, doubts, and an inaccessible city to meet ‘Felipe’ for a blind date. Together they discover how their bodies feel. Rob Eagle’s augmented reality installation Through The Wardrobe (UK) invites the audience to explore the belongings of others and play with gender expression, and IP Yuk-Yiu’s game To Call A Horse a Deer (Hong Kong), is based on the Chinese idiom, and uses language, hand-eye coordination and acts of complicity. The ancient tale is akin to modern day political practice where systematic truth-bending has become a tool in reality.
The Alternate Realities UK Tour is supported by Arts Council England.
LIGHTHOUSE, Brighton (as part of Brighton Digital Festival 2019)
11-20 October / Admission Free
Virtual Reality Installation | creator Darren Emerson, producers Darren Emerson, Ashley Cowan | UK 2019 | 30 mins
Interactive Installation | creator Georgie Pinn, producer Kendyl Rossi | Australia 2018 | 4 mins
My Mother's Kitchen
Interactive Documentary | creator Maeve Marsden, Tea Uglow, producers Olivia Rosenman, Samantha Cordingley | Australia 2019 | 8 mins
9-17 November / Admission Free
4 Feet: Blind Date
360° Video | creator Maria Belen Poncio, producer Ezequiel Lenardon | Argentina 2018 | 19 mins
Virtual Realities Installation| creator Tamara Shogaolu, producers Tamara Shogaolu, Lauren Dubowski, Natalya Sarch | Egypt, Netherlands, Norway, USA 2019 | 25 mins
Continuous Looped Video | creators Bill Posters, Dr Daniel Howe, producer Bill Poster | UK / Hong Kong 2019 | 4 mins
Through The Wardrobe
Augmented Reality Installation | creator Rob Eagle, producer Scott Fletcher | UK 2019 | 20 mins
To Call A Horse A Deer
Game | creator/producer IP Yuk-Yiu | Hong Kong 2018 | 2 mins
13-19 January / Admission Free
Participating projects will be announced on 23 October.