‘Hello Digital’, the Midlands first digital festival, comes to Birmingham’s Millennium Point this October 23rd-26th. The free four-day event will feature animations, music, videos, robots and games from top names in the digital community and we’ve picked out a few of our favourite events to look out for.
Birmingham promoters Capsule will be creating ‘Home of Metal’ an online digital archive to celebrate the West Midlands as the home of Heavy metal music. Fans of Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Godflesh, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin are invited to join in by bringing along their band memorabilia to a series of open days.
Starting on the 25th October at Wolverhampton Art Gallery the first event coincides with the 40th anniversary of when the term ‘heavy metal’ was coined by music journalist Lester Bangs when describing Black Sabbath.
Stories, images and memories will be collected and digitised to take pride in the region’s claim as the home of metal and Capsule have also commissioned photographer Steve Gerrard to produce a series of portraits of metal fans from the region, which will be on display at the official launch event in October.
Plus Expo’s ‘Field of Light’ project uses over 200 low energy light bulbs to create a tranquil interactive illumination across the atrium at Millennium Point. Light and sound will be programmed to create the effect of a field in bloom, which will move and sway to the light.
The Field is fully interactive therefore anyone from anywhere can get involved by changing the field through a simple sequencer on the website that controls the settings (http://www.fieldoflight.net/home.aspx). Just register on the website and create your own light sequence and if enough people like it it will be played for people across the world to watch on the live webcam.
For more information on all the events taking place see http://www.hellodigital.net/.