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Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities


Following last year’s successful Latin American tour, Sheffield Doc/Fest announces the first ever Alternate Realities Touring Exhibition to three UK venues, then onwards to locations in Canada and Argentina.

The Alternate Realities Exhibition is a leading forum showcasing immersive and interactive story worlds. Opening this evening at Trafalgar Warehouse Sheffield, as part of Doc/Fest’s 25th edition, the gallery exhibition, supported by Arts Council England, pushes the boundaries of audience experience across 27 VR, interactive documentary, gaming and augmented reality projects.

From this summer, the Alternate Realities Touring Exhibition 2018 will travel to London, Brighton and Bradford, with venues comprising the Barbican, London (20-27 August), Lighthouse as part of Brighton Digital Festival (21-30 September) and to the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford (5-14 October), in the lead up to and during the Widescreen Weekend. The UK tour is being support by Arts Council England as part of Doc/Fest’s newly acquired National Portfolio Organisation funding, and presented in partnership with each of the venues involved.

Beyond the UK, the tour goes international – including to Phi Centre, Montreal, Canada (24 August – 2 September) and to Noviembre Electronico Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina (9-17 November). The international tour 2018 is supported by British Council, following the co-presentation of a successful tour to Latin America for the first time last year.

Dan Tucker, Curator and Executive Producer of Alternate realities says: “The Touring Exhibition is now such an important part of the work we do year-round and I am extremely grateful to both Arts Council England and the British Council for their continued investment. Bringing the Alternate Realities exhibition to the new and established audiences of major arts venues like the Barbican in London and Phi Centre in Montreal is an affirmation of Doc/Fest’s artistic selection and the way we showcase immersive and interactive non-fiction stories. To be part of city-wide cultural events in Bradford and Brighton will mean engagement with further new public audiences, ensuring the artworks are more accessible than ever before. Returning to Noviembre Electronico in Argentina is also a real delight.”


Barbican, London – 20-27 August

Brighton Digital Festival, Lighthouse, Brighton – 21-30 September

Lighthouse, Brighton (part of Brighton Digital Festival) – 21-30 September

National Science and Media Museum, Bradford – 5-14 October


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