Three ‘Alternate Realities’ go on display in Bradford

Belongings-John-Paul Marin, Matt Smith

  • National Science and Media Museum is the latest stop on the first UK tour of immersive technology installations from Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • The three works are on show from Friday 5 – Sunday 14 October. Free entry

The National Science and Media Museum is the latest venue on the first ever UK tour of Sheffield Doc/Fest’s critically acclaimed Alternate Realities programme.

Alternate Realities features Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Interactive Documentary and Game Projects, and three of the installations that featured in Doc/Fest 2018 will be exhibited in Bradford, from 5 – 14 October 2018.

The run includes the Widescreen Weekend festival at the museum, which celebrates cinema technology and large format movies, taking place from 11 – 14 October.

Alice Parsons, Creative Producer at the National Science and Media Museum said: “It is a delight to be included in the first UK tour of the Alternate Realities programme. These installations tell stories and make connections in such an innovative yet meaningful way. I can’t wait to see the reactions of our visitors and the Widescreen Weekend audience.”

The exhibits showing at the National Science and Media Museum are:

Interactive installation Belongings, which through virtual interactions with individuals who have had to flee their homeland invites the audience to think about what one personal belonging they couldn’t live without.

Sensible Data / Mixed Emotions explores the emotional response to how a machine sees individuals, and whether that re-informs how the individuals see themselves.

Is Anna OK? Is a Virtual Reality installation exploring the intertwined story of twin sisters whose lives are changed overnight.

The installations are suitable for 13-year-olds and over, and entry is free of charge. Booking is required for Is Anna Ok? Which can be done during the visit, or in advance at

Alternate Realities Programme Producer Joe Cutts said: “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.”

The UK tour is supported by Arts Council England.