Devonshire Digital Weekender curated by AΦE (24-26 Nov 2017)

Devonshire Digital Weekender curated by AΦE
Fri 24 – Sun 26 Nov

A weekend packed with cutting-edge digital art performances and workshops featuring international artists: Casson & Friends (UK), Vinicius Salles (BR/UK) and Kiki Hitomi (JP) – Live AV Performance with visuals by Cliona Ni Laoi.

Technology itself is nothing without creativity. Creativity can drive development of the technology. This Digital Weekender is with the vision to inspire people, bringing more than the innovation of technology!

Our weekender kicks off with a Launch Party on Fri 24 Nov at DC1 Cafe & Gallery 7-10pm. Live music, experimental film, drinks. In partnership with Crossing the Screens International Film Festival.

Live Performances

Kiki Hitomi (JP) – Live AV Performance with visuals by Cliona Ni Laoi

Sunday 26 November 2017
Hippodrome, Eastbourne BN21 3ED
Tickets £10, under 16s come free with adult (2 per adult)

Book tickets from Hippodrome box office 01323 802020, online

Kiki Hitomi is a Japanese singer, songwriter and sonic alchemist as one third of the bass explorers King Midas Sound (Ninja Tune) with poet/singer Roger Robinson and producer Kevin Martin (aka The Bug), and was a founding member of the Japanese Dubstep noise punk duo Dokkebi Q. King Midas Sound on Ninjatune

After leaving London for Leipzig, she’s spent the last three years working on a solo project alongside Jahtari label boss Disrupt, resulting in her debut solo album Karma No Kusari (Chain Of Karma), a mind-altering journey through time and space, stopping by Japanese Enka and J-Pop, vintage electronics, 8-bits psychedelic and mutated deep fried dig dub. The LP unfolds piece by piece, with Kiki’s otherworldly tone of voice providing a ghostly atmosphere that is at times unsetting but always achingly beautiful. Album artwork was by Kiki Hitomi herself, making Karma No Kusari an indispensable joint for any true space cadet.

Sound Cloud:

Cliona Ni Laoi is an Irish artist and interdisciplinary designer working primarily through film, live visuals and AV installations. With a background in graphic and spatial design she combines analogue and digital with experimental video techniques, creating other-worldly imagery at the intersection of site and sound. Working closely with International musicians and performers, she distorts with psychedelic processes that slip you into a lucid dream.


Casson & Friends (UK) – FIEND – Dance and Digital Performance

Sunday 26 November 2017
Hippodrome, Eastbourne BN21 3ED
Tickets £6 each plus booking fee, under 16s come free with adult (2 per adult)

Book tickets from Hippodrome box office 01323 802020, online

Fiend is a solo performance that uses Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun as a starting point to explore themes of connection, how we see and how we are seen.

The work is the first collaboration between dance artist Tim Casson and video technician Tom Butterworth and uses innovative manipulation of live video to present multiple versions of the same performer that interact through well-timed choreographic action.

‘Fiend’ questions the idea of a solo performance as projected video reveals a magical world where the performer multiplies. As his actions are relocated in time and re-told in a new context, a very human character emerges, searching for connection in his virtual world.

Under the direction of Tim Casson, Casson & Friends are a UK based Record Breaking Dance Theatre Company, creating unique performances that are accessible, interactive and joyful. The company works with a diverse range of collaborators, from filmmakers and musicians to computer programmers and psychologists, but most often collaborates with the public, inviting them to engage with dance in exciting and accessible ways.

With a passion for bringing dance to people in new and unusual contexts, C&F’s work to date has been presented in a range of settings including Shopping Centres, Libraries, Hotels, Pubs, Offices and Football Stadiums. C&F also explore the potential of digital technology to create new ways of enhancing and engaging with dance performance.

The company has presented work across the UK and Internationally including at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Glastonbury Festival, Brighton Digital Festival, bOing International Family Festival, The Lyon Biennale, Downtown Dance Festival in New York, Festival Quartiers Danses in Montreal and Harare International Festival of Arts in Zimbabwe.

More about the project:

Vinicius Salles (BR/UK) – GLITCh – Dance and Digital Performance

Saturday 25 November 2017
6pm-6.45pm & 7.30-8.15pm

Leaf Hall Community Arts Center, 51 Seaside, BN22 7NB Eastbourne
Tickets £8 plus booking fee, under 16s come free with adult (2 per adult)

Post show talk 8.30-9.00pm – free entry, no booking necessary
Audience must provide mobile number during booking of the performance to take part in digital interaction of the performance.
‘I am the measure of my connections’
Are we in contact with everything surrounding us? We live in a world where we are immersed in super-fast technology and are expected to be easily, instantly contactable. While communication technology can cross the globe in seconds, does it connect people, or end up creating more distance and solitude?
We are a chain of connections in the cyberculture regime. ‘I am the measure of my connections’ seems, today, to define our subjectivity, as well as our bodies.
Audience members will have to provide their phone numbers when booking for the performance in order to take part in the digital interaction.
Working across multiple disciplines Vinicius Salles’ experience includes performing, movement directing, filmmaking and teaching. He graduated from the Martins Pena Performing Arts school, Brazil, studied filmmaking at the London Film Academy, and holds a Masters Degree in Documentary Film from London College of Communication.
Over the last 20 years Vinicius has performed with leading Brazilian and UK physical theatre and dance companies including Punchdrunk, Gecko and Jasmin Vardimon Company. Theatre credits include Timon of Athens, The Globe Theatre, and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, National Theatre. Recent work as a choreographer includes ‘OX’, 2017; ‘Witches in Disguise’, 2016 University of Cumbria; Human Marvels, 2016; Copycat at The Place in 2009; NOcontact, 2007; ‘Cabeças Trocadas’ in 2003; ‘Xristos’ in 2003 and ’Esquinas’ in 2002.
Currently, Vinicius is visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway University and Christchurch University, and works as a rehearsal director and lead educational facilitator for Jasmin Vardimon Company and as lead educational facilitator for Punchdrunk. He also collaborates with Maxine Doyle (director and choreographer, Punchdrunk) while developing his own work.


More about the project:

Fiend by Casson & Friends (Trailer) from Tim Casson on Vimeo.

Experimental Cinema

Experimental Cinema at DC1 Gallery 

Saturday 25 November & Sunday 26 November
DC1 Gallery, 67-69 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 3PL
Free entry, drop in 

Unique experimental short films will be shown in a cozy room for chill out!


Sapphire Goss

Katie Woods

Will Hurt

Nicholas Bayfield

Robert Ladislas Derr

Eden Mitsenmacher

Duncan Poulton


Immersive Theatre Workshop by Vinicius Salles

Sunday 26 November 2017 10am-4pm
Leaf Hall Community Arts Center, 51 Seaside, BN22 7NB Eastbourne
Tickets for workshop £20 plus booking fee. Book online via

This full-day workshop will explore the creative process of immersive theatre throughout the building of Leaf Hall. Vinicius Salles will be introducing devising techniques in response to site, aimed at opening the performer’s sensitivity to the space.

Throughout the day task-based improvisations will lead the participants to explore and create a dialogue with the architectural environment using the body as mediator, as well as looking at the important role that other senses and the audience themselves play in creating exciting immersive theatre.

Vinicius Salles has performed over the last 20 with major physical theatre and dance companies including Punchdrunk, Gecko, and Jasmin Vardimon Company.

Dance Theatre for 360° Filmmaking workshops by AΦE (25, 26 Nov)

ADULT WORKSHOP Saturday 25 November, 10am-1pm
Suitable for adults aged +16
£5 earlybird/£10 for session

CHILDREN WORKSHOP Sun 26 November, 10am-12pm
Suitable for ages kids +6
£3 for session per child

Leaf Hall Community Arts Center, 51 Seaside, BN22 7NB Eastbourne

Book ticket online plus fees

Try this 3-hour workshop to create your own 360 film! Workshop offers to explore how to create dance theatre in 360 film with simple 360 camera. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to see your 360 film in Virtual Reality headset.

AΦE is an Ashford based dance company led by Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Fourmi. Their first major work WHIST, a dance theatre with Virtual Reality is touring now internationally including Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Sydney Festival and COLOURS international dance festival.

DIGITAL DROP IN ​InsideOutsideSeaSide in VR with Adventures & Wisdom Institute

Sat 25 November 2-5pm
Sun 26 November 1-4pm
DC3 Workshop Space, 1-5 Seaside, BN22 7NA Eastbourne
£5 earlybird/£10 for session

Book online:

Join two collaborative workshops over the weekend of 25/26th November for local artists to work together to create an online, publicly accessible virtual reality environment deriving from and inspired the immediate local area.

Participants will work with and learn about collaborative design and making in VR, workflow and using asset repositories, use of sound and output to mobile devices.

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