Submerge: Bristol International Digital Arts Festival features diverse artists and musicians working at the edges of digital arts, electronic music and live performance.
In a year fraught with conflict, the 2019 edition's theme is Belonging. The programme questions what it means to belong, what happens when objects, people and communities fracture; and how you bring them back together. Submerge believe that we are stronger when we focus on the things we have in common; not the things that divide us. The festival presents a broad mix of visceral, emotive digital artworks and experiences that embrace the diversity of the digital arts and bring communities together to gather, experience and reflect on what it means to be part of something bigger.
The programme is designed as a journey, enabling audiences to experience all of the shows, events and experiences successively. You can choose to experience as much or as little as you like. The audience are encouraged to take risks, step into new worlds and enter the unknown. If you need a helping hand choosing your path, the events can be loosely defined as follows:
Shows: Ticketed performances in theatres, galleries, music halls and underground art spaces.
Installations: Drop in immersive installations or exhibitions.
Nights: Late night events and parties in bars and clubs combining digital arts, DJs, AV shows and live performance.
Talks & Labs: Presentations, workshops, demonstrations, panels, meetings and artist interviews.
There is a bold and diverse programme of immersive shows, installations and experiences which challenge the senses. Highlights include headline performances from Actress + Young Paint, Gazelle Twin, JASSS and Batu and UK premieres from Guillaume Marmin and Jan Mocek.
The festival has a distinctly European flavour, featuring audiovisual artists, bands and musicians working in radical theatre, digital installation, sound, live music and immersive experience design.
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