VR and immersive worlds – #TOMtech at Brighton Digital Festival | TomTech
Breathe deep … Then hold …Now immerse …
We are living in the middle of the largest technological revolution since we mechanised farming. We gradually came in from the fields to the cities, developed a five day working week and changed the shape of our society forever. With new technologies emerging at a every increasing rate, we ask what will the next 20 years bring? Here at The Old Market, we launched #TOMtech to assist artists to explore this brave new world.
As a regular here you will see #TOMtech bringing innovative shows to the stage, new VR shows that enable you to visit immersive new realities as well as finding out about the latest tech trends and discoveries.
For artists, we run Labs to introduce these new technologies and allow space for creatives to see what is possible when they can master these tools. This year, we are running a workshop on the basics of VR / AR coding and offering two theatre companies a funded week exploring how we can use real-time motion capture, live on stage.
As the season approaches, we will post more on this blog – with thoughts from the technologists and artists we work with, content from behind the scenes and more. We invite you to join in the debate at one of our talks, our STORYHACK conference and online. Follow us at @TOMtech_ or explore what others are saying via #TOMtech
As the programme goes live, we will talk you through whats on offer. First up – some ground-breaking, Immersive Tech:
IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGIES:
In 2016, #TOMtech began to explore how VR can be used to reinvent the live, shared experience. 2017 sees the UKs first full VR ‘theatre’ productions, FROGMAN and WHIST, come to Brighton. Both have limited capacity, so book quick. For a completely immersive experience, join us for HABITATS, a special coming together of installations that explore the natural world by super cool design studio, Marshmallow Laser Feast. Returning after 2016’s sell out run, vrLAB opens the doors to VR/AR makers to showcase their games, adventures, experiences and stories.
HABITATS | Marshmallow Laser Feast | 28 Aug – 10 Sep, various sessions | from £10

Inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud, WHIST invites you on a VR journey into the unconscious mind, through the dreams, fears and desires of a fictional family.
This one-hour experience merges physical theatre, interactive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and an art installation, in an environment that blurs the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.
Your instincts will guide you through a narrative of surreal world, exploring the story from one of the 76 different perspectives.
vrLAB | TOMtech & Make [Real] | Thu 21 – Sun 24 Sep | Various times (2hr slots) | £15 / £10

After a sell out run in 2016, vrLAB returns to take you on a VR journey from the depths of the oceans to intergalactic space and every conceivable world in-between.
Each free flowing session lasts two hours so grab some friends, your gran or work mates and have a ball exploring different worlds. #vrlab
Working in partnership with Brighton’s leading VR studio, Make [REAL], we have sourced the best experiences from the local VR community and around the world for you to try over this three-day event.
Tickets go on sale from 01 Aug. Check the link above for full programme.
It’s not just strapping yourself into headsets …
explore the full programme of gigs, talks, theatre and more at www.theoldmarket.com/tomtech
#TOMtech is funded by The National Lottery through Arts Council England and presented in partnership with the Digital Catapult, British Science Festival and Make[Real].