From the natural world to the afterlife – #TOMtech returns for 2018 with the biggest virtual reality programme yet

Doom Room. Credit: Micella Bredahl.

Doom Room. Credit: Micella Bredahl.

Now in it’s fourth year, #TOMtech is our in-house programme of performances using new technologies. Not content with the traditional artforms (we still love them – have you seen our packed autumn season?) we are leading the way forward with new forms of storytelling, immersive entertainment and cultural experiences that take your breathe away.

This year, we are showcasing virtual reality experiences that illustrate the best of what is possible in this medium. Carefully selected from festivals, artists and design studios both here and around the globe, these vary from the enchanting to the extreme. As you look through, be sure to reference our rating symbols to know what will suit you best.

It is not all VR though. Opening the programme this year, we are delighted to welcome the beamer community into the building to adorn our walls with light powered art.

Beyond the public events, we are running a course for theatre makers to learn how to create immersive content and developing our own multi-user production (thats under wraps, for now).

#TOMtech allows us to dream on what the entertainment of the future will be. Over the last few years our VR shows and events have seen sold out crowds coming to the venue to try the latest experiences. 2018 is no different. This year’s programme includes the chance to have a 1-2-1 biology lesson with Sir David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum, a heart-stopping journey beyond the grave (in Doom Room) and a unique view on the relationship between twins thrown apart by one night.

See you soon!
Team TOM


Fri 14-Sat 15 Sep

Having wowed crowds in Brighton for six years, BYOB launches our #TOMtech programme with two nights of projector powered digital art. Expect to find the building transformed into a digital wonderland.


Thu 20-Sun 23 Sep

Scientists and meditation gurus alike have sung the praises of mindfulness as a technique we can harness to improve our mental wellbeing. Join us for a journey through three immersive experiences, inviting you to breathe, embody and visualise mindfulness.


Thu 20-Sun 30 Sep

A 10-day curated installation that invites you to enjoy some the finest immersive works the world has to offer. Includes Hold The World with David Attenborough, Metro-Boulot-Dodo’s Empire Soldiers and Is Anna OK? by Aardman Animation and BBC.

Thu 20-Sun 30 Sep

Allow yourself to settle down, filling your whole body with a new kind of awareness. Give yourself permission to do nothing.

Thoughts. Feelings. Sensations. Sounds.

But you will start to notice something else…

Stillness. Openness. Space.

Welcome to this journey into your bleeding heart.

A boundary-defying live VR experience from Danish collective, Makropol. You are invited to put on a blindfold and begin a guided meditation where you are transported to the afterlife. Technological wizardry combine with heart-stopping live performance in this remarkable work.

Contains scenes of an extreme nature that some audiences may find disturbing. Please speak to our team regarding trigger warnings before booking, strictly ages 18+ only.


Thu 4-Sun 7 Oct

One of the most popular events during Brighton Digital Festival, vrLAB brings together immersive experiences and experiments from the world of arts, gaming, documentary/film and … well, wherever we can find interesting things to share! Pick your slot time and explore the latest technological advancements from our digital mavericks.

#TOMtech is funded by Arts Council England through National Lottery Project Grants and supported by Sheffield Doc/Fest, Make [Real], Virtual Umbrella, BBC and Pop Up Brighton. #TOMtech is part of Brighton Digital Festival the UKs largest exploration of digital culture.  Check out the programme here.