Digital Dark Ages Tour / Various Artists

What if, in the far future, we cannot read the electronic documents, images and multimedia files, that proliferate our worlds today? Digital Dark Ages is an exhibition exploring the possibilities and challenges we face when preserving our digital lives for future generations. As urgent work continues on how to archive, standardise and up-date our growing library of digital records, what should remain and what will disappear?   

Set under the earth, in a world built around industry and knowledge-excavation, a selection of internationally recognised artists have been invited to think about how meaning is transferred and preserved in the long-term. Experimenting with the ways in which we keep, share and store, as well as how the tools we use to record and capture are already changing us in the present day, Digital Dark Ages proposes a series of prophetic, provocative and uncanny reflections on what is fast becoming the new normal.

Guided tours through Treak Cliff Cavern lasting 45 minutes will run across the Festival with introductions to to each of the art installations and time to stop for questions.

Digital Dark Ages features:

Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles – Not a Single Bone
Charlotte Jarvis – Music of the Spheres
Sam Lavigne – DeepTime Decryption 
Martha McGuinn – Everything in Slices Part V
Simone Niquille – ROOT 0082
Shift Register (Jamie Allen and Martin Howse) – Earth Observatory Array Elements – Treak Cliff
Thomas Thwaites – Chromobytes

Booking: This is a paid, ticketed event which can be booked in advance. You can book this as an individual ticket, or to experience as much of the festival as possible, you can book this event as part of a Festival Pass.

Parking: The car park is a graveled area parallel with the road and is free to cavern visitors. In addition, parking on the road is in marked parking bays only, which at the current time is free. There is reserved parking for disabled visitors.

Please note Digital Dark Ages can only be experienced through a cave tour and is not wheelchair accessible. For more information access across the festival weekend, please visit the Festival Access page.


Digital Dark Ages is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. There is also additional support from University of Salford and Creative Europe.

Image: Creative Commons

Event info:

  • Fri 22nd — Sun 24th Sep 2017
    @Fri 1-4pm/Sat & Sun 10am-4pm, £9.75/£8.75 Concession
  • Treak Cliff

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