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  • 2012-2013: £120,000
  • 2013-2014: £120,000
  • 2014-2015: £120,000

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Monthly Talk - Jack Serle

Step behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the thinking motivating the digital world’s greatest artists, thinkers and doers. Award-winning journalist Jack Serle, of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, is November's Monthly Talk. http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/monthly-talk-jack-serle Jack is responsible for managing records of US drone strikes and casualties at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, an independent not-for-profit organisation based at City University London. Among the Bureau’s many major investigations (Lobbying’s Hidden Influence; Deaths in Police Custody) is Covert Drone War, which provides a full dataset of all known US drone attacks in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.

Monthly Talk - Corinna Gardner

Step behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the thinking motivating the digital world’s greatest artists, thinkers and doers. Curator of Contemporary Product Design at the V&A, Corinna Gardner is our speaker for October. What impact does design have on the world, and how can we examine it? Joining us for our October Monthly Talk is Corinna Gardner, Curator of Contemporary Product Design at London’s V&A. Alongside ‎Senior Curator of Contemporary Architecture, Design and Digital, Kieran Long and the team at the V&A, Corinna is co-curator of the critically acclaimed Rapid Response Collecting display, a continually adaptive dialogue into the real-world impact of contemporary design. http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/monthly-talk-corinna-gardner

Anna Higgs talking to Matt Locke about telling stories beyond the film

An excerpt from Anna Higgs' Q&A session at this year's Reframed.

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Improving Reality 2014 - Holly Herndon

Session 3 - The Performance of Visibility Composer and performer Holly Herdon is fascinated by her laptop, so much that she has created work to explore the way our relationships are mediated through it. Interested in the way we spy on ourselves and others, Holly presents her collaboration with Mat Dryhurst and Akihiko Taniguchi, Chorus, which asked members of the public to send pictures of their intimate browsing environments for 3D reconstruction. In a UK premier, Holly Herndon also presents her brand-new collaboration with Metahaven, Home, a self-professed love song to an NSA agent, which asks us to analyse our own visibility on the network as we notice multiple audiences watching us.

Improving Reality 2014 - Susan Schuppli

Session 2 - The Aesthetics of Disappearance Susan Schuppli - 'Secrecy and Imagined Truths' Through a series of case studies, Forensic Architecture’s Susan Schuppli asks if imagination is the very condition by which secrecy gains its traction and political agency. How do we document devastation and attacks when there is nothing left but rubble and memory? How do we reveal the devastation of drone attacks when evidence is controlled and concealed by the state, and obscured from UN investigation? Schuppli examines how through the forensic analysis of images, from selfies to satellite imagery, we can decode and reconstruct past events and communicate the reality of drone warfare upon the Middle East.

Improving Reality 2014 - Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Session 2 - The Aesthetics of Disappearance Lawrence Abu Hamdan - Contra Diction: Speech Against Itself’ Lawrence Abu Hamdan shares his most recent body of research, which explores the multifaceted relationship between the semantics of discourse, politics, truth, human rights and international law. Exploring our understanding of the voice of the law, and the changing nature of testimony in the face of new regimes such as border control, algorithmic technologies, and methodologies of eavesdropping, Lawrence examines the nature of speech and the consequences of listening. In the words of whistleblower Edward Snowden, whilst speech may be free, the conditions of listening have now certainly changed. Abu Hamdan focuses specifically on taqqiya, an Islamic legal dispensation whereby a believing individual can vocally deny their faith, blaspheme or do illegal acts when they are at the risk of persecution or in a condition of statelessness.

Improving Reality 2014: Session 1 Group Discussion

Session 1: The Coming of Immediacy The session ended with a panel discussion between our speakers, hosted by Juha. The discussion began with concerns on the concept of control and self-awareness within control, as John Armitage puts it ‘your thoughts are not your own’. Nadia suggests that people need the opportunity to experience a de-centralising of control. Audiences asked our speakers: is there a gulf between perspectives of privacy in the US and Europe? How do we re-imagine public spheres? Is there evidence that social media is permanent?

Improving Reality 2014 - Nathan Jurgenson

Session 1: The Coming of Immediacy Snapchat researcher Nathan Jurgenson is a social theorist and a contributing editor for the New Inquiry. Nathan begins his talk with an exploration of Foucault’s theories and anxieties of the many ‘selves’ and identities we produce, in order to examine the potential ‘trappings of visibility’ we might experience through social media. He addresses ideas of social norms and technology as ‘architectures of power’ and the potential of social media to be a panoptic force. How can we better the embrace ephemerality and playfulness in the design of our social networks, and use this ephemerality to queer the binaries of privacy and visibility, the on and offline? Jurgenson’s view is that the trap isn’t visibility but what we do with that visibility that is the real trap.

Improving Reality 2014 - John Armitage

Session 1: The Coming of Immediacy Self-confessed technological determinist John Armitage (Professor of Media Arts at Winchester School of Art) sets the pace with this talk about philosopher Marshall McLuhan’s work on contemporary communication and the “remote controlled time and space” that certain devices, such as the telephone, cultivate, followed by reflections on his specialist subject, the work of Paul Virilio. Armitage argues that our mobile phones have initiated new forms of social implosion, where our notions of privacy and space have been abolished. If our personal devices have become an extension of ourselves, then the revelations of government and corporate privacy abuses are an attack on our central nervous system.

Improving Reality 2014 - Jananne Al-Ani

Session 2 - The Aesthetics of Disappearance Jananne Al Ani - ‘The Aesthetics of Disappearance: A land without people’ Artist Jananne Al-Ani explores the relationship between film, photography and the landscape, and how technology has the potential to remove literal and virtual bodies from warzones in twentieth century conflict. Using her own work, Shadow Sites II, Al-Ani shows how abstract representations of the impact of modern warfare enables new perceptions of war, and where previous depictions have shown the ability to desensitise and influence our understanding of human experience during periods of conflict. Using investigative archaeological methods and aerial photography, Al-Ani is able to reconstruct and rediscover human occupation in contested lands, and considers how historic visual material informs and influences the way in which we understand and represent the present.

Improving Reality 2014 - Daniel van der Velden (Metahaven)

Session 3 - The Performance of Visibility To view City Rising in full, please visit: http://vimeo.com/96565633 Metahaven’s Daniel van der Velden asks us to look at our interactions with social networks in an ‘age of possession’, where a rise in ephemerality makes it harder to hold on to anything, alongside our need for synchronicity with others which means we become obsessed with the networks that facilitate our online relationships. As van der Velden explains, we are addicted to each other, and the internet is the enabler.

Improving Reality 2014 - Nadia El-Imam

Session 1: The Coming of Immediacy Founder and CEO of Edgeryders, Nadia El-Imam brings some energetic thinking to the table to as the last speaker in this session by considering the “post-territorial landscape”, and where social change truly occurs – on the edges. Presenting the work of Edgeryders, a networking gathering more than 2,300 people and organisations around the globe, Nadia explained how experimenting with everything from developing network-bartering algorithms, collective intelligence tools and unMonasteries allows for a more democratic, decentralized structure that allows and responds to change.

Monthly Talk - Adam Greenfield

Step behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the thinking motivating the digital world’s greatest artists, thinkers and doers. Adam Greenfield was our speaker in August. Following his presentation at DEAF (Dutch Electronic Art Festival) 2014, Adam joined us to give his talk ‘At the end of the world, plant a tree: Practises and considerations for the twilight of human time.’ Over the last decade, Adam Greenfield has written and consulted widely on issues at the intersection of design, technology and culture, with an increasing focus on how these things interact in and condition our experience of cities. http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/monthly-talk-adam-greenfield

Monthly Talk - Lorenzo Pezzani

Step behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the thinking motivating the digital world’s greatest artists, thinkers and doers. Researcher Lorenzo Pezzani is our speaker in June. What really happens on our oceans? Following our exhibition of Tobias Revell’s The Monopoly of Legitimate Use, which looks at migration, state and borders, researcher Lorenzo will talk on his ongoing project, Forensic Oceanography. This research project critically investigates the militarised border regime in the Mediterranean Sea, mapping the liquid geographies of maritime jurisdictions in order to document the violence perpetrated against migrants at sea. Among other cases, Forensic Oceanography maps the fluid cartographies between Libya and Italy to understand how more than 1500 persons could have perished at sea in the Spring of 2011. http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/monthly-talk-lorenzo-pezzani

Monthly Talk - Tobias Revell in conversation with Anab Jain

Step behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the thinking motivating the digital world's greatest artists, filmmakers, thinkers and doers. In May, our Monthly Talk, in partnership with HOUSE 2014, featured special guests Tobias Revell and Anab Jain. Lighthouse and HOUSE 2014 presented an in-conversation between their co-commissioned artist, critical designer and futurist Tobias Revell and designer, filmmaker Anab Jain (Superflux). Tobias and Anab delved into the themes explored in Tobias’ new film work The Monopoly of Legitimate Use. The co-commission responds to the HOUSE 2014 theme: Migration, Refuge and Territory. The work will be exhibited at Lighthouse from 3 – 25 May 2014. This special talk was presented as part of HOUSE 2014 in partnership with Brighton Festival. http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/monthly-talk-tobias-revell-anab-jain

Monthly Talk - Juha van 't Zelfde

Step behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the thinking motivating the digital world’s greatest artists, thinkers and doers. Lighthouse's new Artistic Director Juha van 't Zelfde was our speaker in April. In this talk, Juha shared a personal account of how his career as a DJ and curator has surfed on the development of the web as a natural environment for discovering, experiencing and sharing culture. He reflected on the underground music culture of the web, on proto-internet marketplaces, and on how Tumblr and Twitter have become his studio. Looking back on these online experiences, however insignificant and sometimes just flat-out weird they felt at the time, Juha asked how they have shaped his understanding of and love for the web in all its glory, how they formed his practice as a curator, and what are now the opportunities for arts institutions? http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/monthly-talk-juha-van-t-zelfde

Monthly Talk - Georgina Voss

Step behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the thinking motivating the digital world’s greatest artists, thinkers and doers. Writer, researcher and current Lighthouse resident Georgina Voss is this month's speaker. In this talk, Georgina stepped behind the shiny front-end of consumer products and technology to explore the stories from the supply chains and the infrastructure that underpins them. Looking at the assumptions we make about manufacturing and design – from the materials we use to the people that produce our products – Georgina asked why we end up with the technology that we do? What do we ask for, and what do we really get? What are the everyday roles – such as factory workers and suppliers – that aren’t visible, and how does that change the way we think about supply chains? How can stigma make some of these jobs deviant and others acceptable, when they’re all part of the same system? This talk also looked to the future and the ways in which supply chains might collapse or radically change under conditions of climate change, and whether new forms of localised manufacturing and grassroots innovation could rise up to fill the gap. http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/monthly-talk-georgina-voss

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