As part of a series of events, talks and workshops for Leeds Digital Festival 2021, we’ve commissioned artists Closed Forum to create a playful online world for Leeds 2023 that will continue to evolve and grow in the run up to and during the Year of Culture.
This is the first time we’ll be sharing the world with you! There are a series of events and activities you may want to join us for listed below. But if you just want to take a look around we’re offering two hour slots to have a wander over the course of two days.
A Digital Leeds looks at the imaginary spaces in between our wards. What happens when we start to think of the space between our neighbourhoods? What playful possibilities open up when we look at our city as a virtual world?
This first phase of A Digital Leeds has been set up so that it can grow and be re-used in the future. We want it to become a space where people can take a breath, meet up and experience art and culture in a digital space.
This event is part of a series of activities delivered in partnership between Leeds 2023, Global Leeds Forum and Leeds Digital Festival to celebrate the power in art and digital collaboration. You can also get involved in: Forest as Research & Beyond The Livestream: Why We Need Better Collaboration Between Artists, Technologists & Developers.
About Closed Forum:
Closed Forum makes intimate performance and interactive digital artworks. We create art about dreams, reality and anxiety using video game platforms and open-source software.
Creating experiences that put the audience at the heart of the work, collaborating with them to make unique encounters, one-off events and artworks that can be experienced anywhere.
Active since 2017 Closed Forum is led by artists Matt Allen and Adam Sas-Skowronski. The pair make both collaborative and solo performances, digital artworks and often invite other amazing artists to join them.
About Leeds 2023:
Leeds 2023 will be a landmark year of culture for Leeds and our wider region.
Starting on 1st January, 2023 will be an extraordinary, year-long programme of creative experiences. Co-created with local, national and international artists, Leeds 2023 will be for Leeds, with Leeds and inspired by Leeds.
A showcase of creativity across all forms of culture: from dance to design, art to architecture, poetry to pop, sculpture to sport, grassroots community theatre to performances on our world class stages, Leeds 2023 will have something for everyone.
Fuelled by a belief in the power of artistic expression and cultural experiences to transform lives, Leeds 2023 will unlock talent and creative opportunities for people from every district in the city.
New connections, collaborations, creative excellence and friendships forged in building Leeds 2023 will play a vital role on our city’s journey to becoming a cultural giant in the world; one that benefits all Leeds people now and long into the future.