Sheffield Doc/Fest Celebrates 25th Year With Alternate Realities Exhibition Tour

Sheffield Doc/Fest is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018, with the event starting this week. As part of the festival is the Alternate Realities Exhibition and Summit showcasing the world’s latest non-fiction interactive, augmented reality (AR) and (VR) projects. To mark the occasion Sheffield Doc/Fest has announced the first ever Alternate Realities Touring Exhibition which will head to several UK cities and then abroad.

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Starting yesterday, the Alternate Realities Exhibition opened at Trafalgar Warehouse in Sheffield, inviting audiences to experience VR, interactive documentary, gaming and AR across 27 projects.

As for future locations for the Alternate Realities Exhibition it will travel to London, Brighton and Bradford starting this summer. Heading to 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 international leg of the tour will include the Phi Centre, Montreal, Canada, from 24th August – 2nd September, and to Noviembre Electronico Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 9th – 17th November. The 2018 international tour was made possible thanks to support by British Council, following the co-presentation of a successful tour to Latin America for the first time last year.

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“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,” says Dan Tucker, Curator and Executive Producer of Alternate Realities in a statement. “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.”

Sheffield Doc/Fest takes place between 7-12 June 2018, welcoming over 32,000 Festival goers each year. For any further updates on the tour, keep reading VRFocus.