IRL Digital Festival takes the virtual world off the screen and delivers it to you I(n) R(eal) L(ife). This is Brisbane Powerhouse’s inaugural celebration of video games, technology and art — it takes over the venue for 10 days and nights and everyone is invited to come and play.
Most events are free — including retro video game exhibitions (where you can play every era of video games) and interactive art installations. You can even stay late for a Chiptunes Party, with video game inspired tunes and live music played from Nintendo Game Boys.
You can witness a world first as Queensland Symphony Orchestra teams up with international star beatboxer Tom Thum with Thum Prints: A concerto contradiction for beatbox and orchestra. It’s described as a musical watershed that ushers in a new sound-world somewhere between jazz, hip-hop and an off-the-wall Rite of Spring.
A highlight of the event is the Iam8bit exhibition — iam8bit is a renowned gallery and creative production company that has worked with Nintendo, PlayStation, Universal, HBO, Disney and countless others. You can check out their 10th anniversary collection of paintings, prints and multimedia works, each paying tribute to the incredible world of 1980s video games. They also have a companion exhibition that looks at the future of videogames.