A philosophical journey


In September 2015 commuters will notice a new digital display at Brighton Station. Brighton digital creatives, Free the Trees will be displaying a timetable themed digital display called ‘The Waiting Wall’.

Standing on the concourse waiting for yet another delayed, overcrowded train, will become a rare eye-opening and uplifting experience. Inspired by the book Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton, ‘The Waiting Wall’, referencing commuters’ experiences, is an electronic display of Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, “that would anonymously broadcast our inner woes,” thereby reminding us that “we are none of us alone in the extent of our troubles and lamentations.”

For last year’s Digital Festival, Free the Trees produced a mobile app called ‘Histograph’, which created a collage of the user’s photograph with local historical photographs, that the user could then share on Facebook and Twitter, or send as a postcard from their phone.

The Brighton digital festival is a community-driven grassroots festival celebrating digital arts and culture. It draws an audience of over 41,000 people to more than175 events held throughout September.