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Tobias Revell - The Monopoly of Legitimate Use
- 3 — 25 May 2014
This year’s invited artist for HOUSE 2014 is Yinka Shonibare MBE. Renowned for producing work, which makes visible the cultural influences of colonialism, Shonibare has introduced, as the theme for HOUSE 2014, an exploration of ideas around immigration, notions of territory and place, cultural identity, displacement, refuge and seeking refuge.We are thrilled to confirm that Lighthouse will be working alongside HOUSE 2014 with critical designer and futurist Tobias Revell to present a new film work titled The Monopoly of Legitimate Use with director of photography Joseph Popper.
In partnership with HOUSE 2014, we are also pleased to host Tobias Revell in conversation with Superflux’s Anab Jain, for our May Monthly Talk on Thursday 15 May.
Tobias’s work was chosen in response to the themes explored in Shonibare’s new work, and three additional commissions will be realised by artists selected from an open-call to the South East region. The newly commissioned works will be exhibited across Brighton at the Regency Town House, The Brighton Waste House and Lighthouse. Selected Artists are announced as Leah Gordon, Phillip Hall-Patch, Ester Svensson & Rosanna Martin and Tobias Revell. HOUSE 2014 welcomes guest curator Celia Davies, Director, Photoworks.
The Monopoly of Legitimate Use
The Monopoly of Legitimate Use looks at a near-future techno-political landscape, examining ideological conflicts between networks and states. Three short vignettes within the film deal with the control of citizenship, political identity and border definition in a complex networked topology. The films raise questions of how we identify ourselves politically and using what tools or methods as well as the rebalance of control caused by simultaneously globalising and localising network technology.
On the southernmost tip of Dungeness beach, a lone figure hijacks the geography of this desolate place to piggyback wi-fi signals from France and trade as an EU citizen. Bumper highlights how established political and geographic borders are exploitable and malleable by networked technologies and how migration across borders, and the benefit that comes with it, does not necessarily need to be physical.
A businesswoman leaves the City in search of a blackspot, a near-fabled place where network coverage drops out so that she can receive a secret and important message over an independent mesh network. Blackspot looks at how moving through physical space can also mean moving through networked space and in an age of privacy concerns and overt sharing, the use of this space become more important.
In a public library, a controversial journalist deletes himself from the network and seamlessly replaces himself with another personality. Stateless expands on the old adage ‘on the Internet, no-one knows you’re a dog’ and looks at how the distance and anonymity granted by networks might be used by someone who’s political identity is under threat from the state.
About The Artist
Tobias Revell is a critical designer and futurist talking and exhibiting worldwide, a lecturer at the Royal College of Art and the London College of Communication, a senior associate at design studio Superflux and a researcher with Arup’s Foresight group. His practice looks at alternative narratives for technologies and changes in contemporary society. He has exhibited at Ars Electronica, the Science Gallery in Dublin, Z33 in Hasselt, Belgium, the Milan Design Week and HMKV Dortmund.
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, BN1 4AJ
Dates: 3 – 25 May 2014
Times: 11am – 6pm
Artists Talk Details
Tobias Revell in conversation with Anab Jain
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, BN1 4AJ
Date: 15 May 2014
Times: Doors & Bar 6.30pm / Talk 7.00pm
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Co-commissioned by Lighthouse in partnership with HOUSE 2014 as part of Brighton Festival. With support from Arts Council England and the Esmée Fairbarn Foundation.