Sheffield Doc/Fest is delighted to announce full details for the first ever Alternate Realities Touring Exhibition in the UK, and the second year of the international tour. A total of fourteen Interactive Installation, Virtual Reality Installation, Augmented Reality, Mobile VR, Interactive Documentary and Game projects, from the critically acclaimed Alternate Realities Exhibition at Doc/Fest 2018, will variously tour (editors, please note different projects go to different venues, please see listings information for details) to the Barbican, London; Lighthouse, Brighton; and National Science and Media Museum, Bradford; and beyond the UK to Phi Centre, Montreal, Canada and Noviembre Electrónico Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Dan Tucker, Curator & Executive Producer of Alternate Realities says:


I am extremely excited about the national and international Alternate Realities Touring Exhibition this year. From London to Buenos Aires, we will be bringing the most immersive, impactful and innovative works to art centres, museums and festivals during our four months of touring. Enabling new audiences to engage with complex and urgent social issues through augmented reality, journey into the minds of others through virtual reality and explore stories about neuro-diversity through multi screen installations. The pieces of work we are showing this year are extraordinary and guaranteed to generate powerful and potent reactions. We are so thankful for the support of Arts Council England in funding our programme and UK Tour and to British Council who have funded our international tour for the second year running. Also to our tour partners supporting us with equipment and expertise - RYOT, Rewind, Unlimited and the BBC.”.


Alternate Realities Programme Producer Joe Cutts adds:


“I’m so pleased to be taking highlights from our Alternate Realities Exhibition in Sheffield to reach new audiences both nationally and for the second time, internationally and especially thrilled that this touring programme involves working closely with the Barbican in London, Lighthouse in Brighton, National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, Phi Centre in Montreal and Noviembre Electrónico in Buenos Aires. The Alternate Realities Touring Exhibition is a new highlight of the Doc/Fest calendar”


A stand-out element of the Alternate Realities Exhibition at Doc/Fest was the inclusion of a number of VR and Interactive installations within the exhibition space at Trafalgar Warehouse. A significant number of these Installations join the tour, including three Interactive Installations: the winner of the Alternate Realities Interactive Award, the collective installation The Voice of the Unicorn, a provocative enquiry into language and disability, art and alienation, between filmmaker Richard Butchins, dancer Kazuyo Morita and Atelier Corners - a group of autistic artists based in Osaka - which celebrates the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England and British Council. Through virtual interactions with individuals who have had to flee their homeland, the interactive installation Belongings invites you to think about what one personal belonging you couldn’t live without. The installation Sensible Data / Mixed Emotions explores the emotional response to how a machine sees individuals, and whether that re-informs how they see themselves.

Four Virtual Reality Installations are also touring: Is Anna OK? allows an exploration of the intertwined story of twin sisters whose lives are changed overnight; meticulously researched Life in VR – California Coast goes to an underwater world, bursting with life, and witnesses first-hand creature behaviours and relationships which sustain the Californian coast’s rich and diverse ecosystem; using voice-mail recordings Manic VR explores the exuberant and chaotic worlds of an imagination haunted by bipolar disorder; Mind At War allows an interactive exploration of PTSD and the horrors of war within the landscape of Scott’s memories, who went into military service ill-equipped and emotionally unstable.


The augmented reality project Terminal 3 explores contemporary Muslim identities in the U.S.A. through the lens of an airport interrogation. Inspired by the creator Asad J. Malik's own personal experiences; your direct interrogation of a hologram passenger will end when you determine whether they should be let into the country – or not.


Three Mobile VR projects will tour: in Grenfell: Our Home (winner of the Alternate Realities Audience Award, supported by Rewind) powerful testimony, filmed in stereoscopic 360 video, gradually builds around the interviewees and the viewer as survivors tell the story of their lives before the fire of 14 June 2017. Berlin Paris Terror allows you to experience the memories of the first responders and surviving hostages of the major terrorist incidents at the Christmas market in Berlin, December 2016, and in France the Charlie Hebdo and subsequent Hyper Cacher attacks in January 2015; one of the quietest places in North America, the Olympic National Park is the destination of the listening journey Sanctuaries of Silence, where acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton considers the impact of noise pollution and his conjecture that silence might be on the verge of extinction.


Inspired by artist Fritz Kahn’s medical illustrations the interactive documentary Homo Machina imagines a fantastic universe where the body becomes a gigantic, mechanised factory where tiny workers are controlling every function of the human anatomy; the Instagram-based interactive documentary from West Africa Where is Home? interrogates people’s understanding and experiences of this fundamental question.


Presented in a custom-built arcade cabinet, Dan Hett’s The Loss Levels is a deeply personal yet playful collection of fifteen experimental narrative arcade games that narrates the artist’s experience in 2017, when he lost his brother in the Manchester terror attack.


The UK tour is supported by Arts Council England while the international tour is presented in partnership with British Council. RYOT, Rewind and BBC are in kind supporters of the tour.


Alternate Realities Touring Exhibition listings:



The Barbican, London (20-27 August)

Terminal 3 | Augmented Reality | Project Creator Asad J. Malik | USA, Pakistan 2018 | 12 min

Grenfell: Our Home | Mobile VR | Project Creator Jonathan Rudd | UK 2018 | 20 min

Life in VR – California Coast | VR Installation | Project Creators Charlotte Jones, Tom Burton, Phil Stuart | UK 2018 | 15 min

Sanctuaries of Silence | Mobile VR | Project Creators Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Adam Loften | USA 2017 | 8 min

Entry free of charge

To complement the Alternate Realities Exhibition, the Barbican will also screen three immersive documentaries which shine a light on worlds which are often in the shadows including Karim Aïnouz’s Central Airport which screened at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest.



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

Belongings | Installation | Project Creators John-Paul Marin, Matt Smith, Tea Uglow, Kirstin Sillitoe | Australia 2018 | 20 min

Terminal 3 | Augmented Reality | Project Creator Asad J. Malik | USA, Pakistan 2018 | 12 min

Where Is Home? | Interactive Documentary | Project Creator Ifeatu Nnaobi | Nigeria, Canada 2017 | 30min

The Loss Levels | Game | Project Creator Dan Hett | UK 2018 | 4 min

Entry free of charge


National Science and Media Museum, Bradford (5-14 October) in the lead up to and during the Widescreen Weekend.

Belongings | Installation | Project Creators John-Paul Marin, Matt Smith, Tea Uglow, Kirstin Sillitoe | Australia 2018 | 20 min

Is Anna OK? | VR Installation | Project Creator Camila Ruz | UK 2018 | 10 mins

Sensible Data/Mixed Emotions | Installation | Project Creator Martin Hertig | Switzerland 2018 | 5min

Entry free of charge



Phi Centre, Montreal, Canada (24 August - 2 September)

Terminal 3 | Augmented Reality | Project Creator Asad J. Malik | USA, Pakistan 2018 | 12 min

Manic VR | VR Installation | Project Creators Kalina Bertin, Sandra Rodriguez, Fred Casia | Canada 2018 | 15 min

Mind At War | VR Installation | Project Creator Sutu | Australia, USA 2017 | 22 min

Sensible Data / Mixed Emotions | Installation | Project Creator Martin Hertig | Switzerland 2018 | 5min

Homo Machina | Interactive Documentary | Project Creators Marc Lustigman, Noam Roubhah, Olivier Bonhomme | France, Germany 2018 | 15min

Grenfell: Our Home | Mobile VR | Project Creator Jonathan Rudd | UK 2018 | 20 min

Berlin Paris Terror | Mobile VR | Project Creators Jürgen Brügger, Jörg Haaßengier, Astrid Schult, Ricarda Saleh | Germany 2017 | 20 min


Noviembre Electrónico Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina (9-17 November)
The Voice of the Unicorn | Project Creator Richard Butchins | Japan, UK 2018 | 2018 | Loop

Mind At War | VR Installation | Project Creator Sutu | USA 2017 | 22 min

Belongings | Installation | Project Creators John-Paul Marin, Matt Smith, Tea Uglow, Kirstin Sillitoe | Australia 2018 | 20 min

Terminal 3 | Augmented Reality | Project Creator Asad J. Malik | USA, Pakistan 2018 | 12 min

The Loss Levels | Game | Project Creator Dan Hett | UK 2018 | 4 min

Hold The World with David Attenborough | VR Installation | Project Creator Dan Smith | UK 2017 | 15 min

Sanctuaries of Silence | VR Installation | Project Creators Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Adam Loften| USA 2017 | 8 min 

Entry free of charge


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About Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival. Doc/Fest celebrates the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling across all platforms, from short film to feature length, series, audio, interactive, augmented reality, virtual reality and special events.


The Festival comprises:

  • Film programme for the very best in international documentary screenings;
  • Alternate Realities for interactive and immersive storyworlds;
  • Special Events including live performance;
  • Talks & Summits with world-renowned filmmakers, to inspire, inform and debate;
  • Marketplace & Talent for international business, delegations, pitching and training;
  • Social events and networking;
  • All Year Film Screenings, Alternate Realities Tours, Talks and Training.


Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 will take place from 6-11 June


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Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.


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We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.


About the Barbican

A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over 1.1 million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas 1, 2 and 3, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery the Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.


The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia, Associate Producer Serious, and Artistic Partner Create. Our Artistic Associates include Boy Blue, Cheek by Jowl, Deborah Warner, Drum Works and Michael Clark Company. The Los Angeles Philharmonic are the Barbican’s International Orchestral Partner, the Australian Chamber Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble.

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About Lighthouse

Lighthouse is a contemporary digital arts organisation that specialises in connecting new developments in art, technology, science and society. We support and produce new ideas, world-class commissions, film and moving image productions, exhibitions, education and talent development schemes.


About the National Science and Media Museum

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, opened in 1983, and has since become one of the most visited UK museums outside London. The museum explores the science and culture of image and sound technologies, creating special exhibitions, interactive galleries and activities for families and adults. It is home to three cinemas, including Europe’s first IMAX cinema screen and the world’s only public Cinerama screen outside the USA. Entry to the museum is free.


About Phi

Dedicated to art in all its forms, Phi is a multidisciplinary arts and culture organization that cultivates all aspects of creation, development, production and dissemination. Phi is at the intersection of art, film, music, design and technology. Through eclectic programming and a strong emphasis on content creation, Phi fosters unexpected encounters between artists and audiences.


Headquartered at the Phi Centre in Montreal Canada, Phi was created by Director and Founder Phoebe Greenberg.


About Noviembre Electrónico

Noviembre Electrónico brings together technology lovers, developers, artists, designers, gamers, makers and all tangent communities, attracting more than 70,000 visitors across its five editions. Educational events – from workshops to international conferences – combine music, performances, plays and exhibitions, providing different approaches to the convergence of art, science and technology, expressing the identity of the San Martín Cultural Center.