Storytelling: True and Untrue at Devonshire Collective’s second Digital Weekender 9-11 Feb, 2018

Are you sitting comfortably? Storytelling but not as you know it is the theme behind Devonshire Collective’s second mini festival of digital arts and culture 9-11 Feb 2018.

Highlights of the Digital Weekender include The Cube by Sussex-based artist Simon Wilkinson aka CiRCA69. Based on the strange story of the disappearance of nine people in 1959, The Cube uses Oculus Rift 3D Virtual Reality headsets to place its audience at the centre of this mysterious tale. Crafted using a collection of letters left behind by eight of the disappeared, this experience is widely considered to be a landmark piece of storytelling for the new medium of virtual reality. Devonshire Collective’s presentation of The Cube in Eastbourne sees the piece return to its Sussex birthplace after a 20-country world tour during 2016-17.

Author and Journalist Tim Maughan writes fiction and non-fiction exploring issues around cities, art, class and technology. His work regularly appears on the BBC, New Scientist and VICE; and his collaborations with artists and filmmakers have been shown at the V&A, Vienna Biennale and Channel 4. For The Digital Weekender, Maughan will present Fake News and Real Fiction, an exploration through readings and short films of how the lines between his fiction and non-fiction writing can become blurred.

Digital culture champion Mar Dixon, will present Smile: You’re on Camera, a discussion about why live streaming and 360 seems to be everywhere. An accompanying workshop will offer practical tips and tricks on 360 Filmmaking, using Facebook Live and exploring the use of InstaNano 360 Cameras for iPhones.

Digital Producer and Curator Jon Pratty, Guest Curator for the Digital Weekender says: “There’s nothing like real life for creating unlikely stories. We try as artists and writers to create new narrative, but along come crooked presidents, fraudulent parliamentarians, unhinged artificial intelligence agents, networks with ghosts and maybe even parallel multiverses populated by legacy souls. In spite of that we still make up fake news. Come along to the Digital Weekender and see if you can tell fact from fiction.”

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The Digital Weekender is part of Devonshire Collective’s Threshold programme – the result of a successful bid for more than £55,000 funding from Arts Council England together with £15,000 from Devonshire West Big Local. It includes an ambitious 16-month performance and visual arts programme, support events and workshops for the growing number of artists living and working locally, and a new series of artist commissions to animate the town.

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About Devonshire Collective

Devonshire Collective CIC is a creative and cultural hub in Devonshire Ward, Eastbourne with artist studios, makerspaces, workshops, gallery and café for the bene t of artists, community members and the wider public.

Our venues include DC1 Cafe & Gallery (67-69 Seaside Rd), DC2 Artist Studios & Makerspaces (137-139 Seaside Rd) and DC3 Workshop Space (1-5 Seaside), plus 2 associate venues, Royal Hippodrome & Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre.

We support a thriving artist membership scheme, deliver a high quality arts programme and develop emerging, mid-career and established artists across the visual and performance spectrum.

Through our work as an independent social enterprise, we provide opportunities for community engagement, nurturing social cohesion and supporting cultural and economic regeneration.

The Devonshire Collective’s guiding principles are to:

  • Become an artistic resource
  • Support and develop emerging, mid-career and established artists across the visual and performance spectrum
  • Promote socially engaged creative practice
  • Create opportunities for community engagement
  • Offer training and professional development
  • Encourage, promote and practice wider social benefits

Devonshire Collective is a registered Community Interest Company (10423887).