28 Kensington Street
Brighton & Hove
Lighthouse is a digital culture agency based in Brighton. We support, commission and exhibit work by artists and filmmakers.
Lighthouse creates vibrant, inspirational programmes that show how important artists and filmmakers are in a changing media landscape.
We work with digital art and moving image, which we present in our own venue in Brighton and beyond, nationally and internationally. By supporting artists and filmmakers, through commissioning, exhibition and professional development, we provide a platform for digital artists and creators to demonstrate that digital culture is about more than technology and tools; it is about ideas, emotion, learning, and aesthetics.
Lighthouse also runs the UK’s leading mentoring programme for filmmakers – Guiding Lights – which supports rising film talent by connecting them with some of the industry’s greatest names, including Sam Mendes, Alex Garland, Nick Hornby and Barbara Broccoli.
Lighthouse is a vibrant venue for events in Brighton. As well as hosting our own events, we provide spaces for commercial hire.
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The Same Face - HOUSE 2015
- 2 — 24 May 2015
Joseph Popper is an exciting young artist with an original way of working. He examines space travel and other forms of human exploration and technological endeavour through film, design and architecture. Taking inspiration from cinematic special effects his works transform found locations and everyday objects to simulate speculative scenarios and fictional experiences. They include The One Way Ticket (shown at the V&A in 2013 and at the Baltic in 2014) and Holiday Snaps (part of the Folkestone Triennial 2011).
For HOUSE 2015, he will present The Same Face, a 1:1 scale set of a drone command centre that plays upon the uneasy similarities between an enthusiast’s homemade flight simulator and an actual drone command centre, removed from the reality of destruction. Inside, among the wall monitors, control panels and headsets, a labour of love and an act of war share the same face. Films simulating on-board camera footage will illuminate the room. The Same Face will reimagine the 1983 IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton as if viewed from a drone, reflecting on the new reality of terrorism at home.
The associated imagery will further explore how modern warfare is rendered as if in a video game, where the edges of the real and the virtual blur in the transmission of animated pixels.
HOUSE is a contemporary visual arts festival that takes place in Brighton and Hove every May, as part of Brighton Festival. Popper’s The Same Face will be one of four new works commissioned for the festival on this year’s theme of Edge and Shift. This year’s Invited Artist is the Turner-prize shortlisted artist Nathan Coley, who also focuses on the bombing of The Grand Hotel in creating new exhibition Portraits of Dissension at the Regency Town House, a co-commission with Brighton Festival.
Lighthouse artistic director Juha van ‘t Zelfde says: “We are very happy with the selection of Joseph for this year’s festival. Having met him right after his graduation in 2012, I became an immediate fan of his ability to make films that are presented in their own architecture. His precise and profound practice has stayed with me ever since, and I really look forward to working with him in Brighton.”
Title: The Same Face
Dates: 2 – 24 May 2015
Times: noon – 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday
Location: The Kitchen, The Basement, 10, Brunswick Square, Hove, BN3 1EG
May Progress Bar Joseph Popper and Nina Power
- 7 May 2015 6:30-9:30pm
Lighthouse presents Progress Bar, a monthly night that offers insight into the creative practice of contemporary culture's most exciting names. From vanguard filmmakers and musicians to trending artists and activists, Progress Bar is an ear-to-the-ground evening of new art, new music and, hopefully, new friends.
For the third edition of Progress Bar, we’ll be joined by artist and filmmaker Joseph Popper (whose installation The Same Face is co-commissioned by HOUSE 2015 festival and Lighthouse, and is being exhibited throughout May as part of HOUSE 2015 festival) and by writer, lecturer and all-round philosophy expert, Dr Nina Power.
The evening will be hosted by Lighthouse artistic director Juha van ’t Zelfde, who will be in conversation with the guests. Each Progress Bar presents an up-and-coming DJ/producer from Brighton for musical support. This month is the turn of self-proclaimed “wonky R&B” artist, Meljoanne.
Dr Nina Power
Dr Nina Power is currently a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University (with The History of European Philosophy; Atomism; Marxism; Samuel Beckett; Equality; Universality and the Generic stated as just a few of her research interests).
As an author, she has published One-Dimensional Woman, which asks the central question: “Where have all the interesting women gone?” and discusses pornography, the feminisation of labour, and even Sarah Palin, or how not to be a feminist.
She writes for numerous publications, including the Guardian, New Statesman, New Humanist, and Radical Philosophy, and is the reviews editor for The Philosopher’s Magazine.
And in her spare time…she is a keen photographer (with her photos being published in culture magazines, frieze and Icon) and co-runs the film club, Kino Fist!
Joseph Popper takes inspiration from the world of special effects to transform found locations and everyday objects into cinematic experiences that examine space travel and other forms of human exploration through film, design, and architecture. His installation for House 2015, The Same Face, will be a recreation of a drone command centre, reimagining the 1983 IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton as if viewed from a drone, reflecting on the new reality of terrorism at home.
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PREVIOUS PROGRESS BAR EVENTS
Find out what went on at our Progress Bar events in March (guests: artist and musician, TCF, and writer, editor and film curator, Basia Lewandowska Cumming) and April (guests: artist and musician, Gazelle Twin and influential grime DJ, producer and writer, Elijah).
Progress Bar Mix Series
Each month, we ask a Brighton-based producer/DJ to create a special mix. You can listen to them on our SoundCloud.
EVENT DETAILS AND BOOKING
Progress Bar March & April were sell-out events, so book early to ensure you get a ticket.
Date: Thursday 7 May 2015
Times: 6.30pm–9.30pm (bar opens at 6.30pm)
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Tickets: £5 / £4 concs
£5 full price / £4 concession