A still from The Sprawl, by Metahaven
A still from The Sprawl, by Metahaven


28 January 2016

This year we're proud to have worked with a host of inspirational artists, partners and audiences to deliver a programme of progressive contemporary culture locally, nationally and internationally. Here we look back at some of the highlights.


How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV file by Hito Steyerl

We kicked off 2015 with the international group exhibition A screaming comes across the sky, at LABoral, Spain, which featured acclaimed contemporary artists such as Roger Hiorns, James Bridle, Hito Steyerl (pictured above), and Alicia Framis, and explored drones, mass surveillance and invisible wars. Photos.

Geopolitics, propaganda and the internet are the central themes examined in The Sprawl, by Metahaven, a new moving image project co-commissioned by Lighthouse and The Space, and currently on show at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts. The project investigates the recent Ebola outbreak, the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and the rise of ISIS through the internet and traditional news media in a striking immersive installation soon to be premiered in the UK.

In 2015 we also launched Progress Bar, a regular night for cutting edge thinking and dancing, featuring international artists, producers and change makers, including Holly Herndon, Gazelle Twin, Joseph Grima, Nina Power, Vessel and Lotic. We’re pleased to announce that in 2016, we will be teaming up with Sonic Acts to present Progress Bar Amsterdam.


Paul Mason speaking about Post Capitalism at The Long Progress Bar

The Long Progress Bar during Brighton Digital Festival addressed issues such as post-capitalism and feminism for a global 21st century, and featured talks, workshops and performances by guests including Channel 4’s Economics Editor Paul Mason, artist Katrina Burch’ and renowned musician Holly Herndon. Photos. Storify. Films.

We were also delighted to host two of the festival’s art and technology commissions: Familiars, by Wesley Goatley and Georgina Voss, which reveals hidden logistical infrastructures, and How to Live Forever, by Leila Johnston, which explores a hypothetical future of ‘mind uploading’. We were also proud to present talks and workshops by SprungDigi for the festival, to showcase the work of a dynamic cohort of learning disabled digital artists, who delivered a traffic stopping live music performance on the streets of Brighton.

The Sound of Story, presented during Cinecity film festival, featured a stellar line-up of luminaries producing innovative projects in sound and storytelling in film, music, art and gaming, including Chris Watson (Frozen Planet), Glenn Freemantle (Gravity) and Anna Bertmark (Lilting). Photos. Storify. Films.

And finally, for HOUSE Festival during Brighton Festival 2015, we presented The Same Face by Joseph Popper, which played upon the uneasy similarities between an enthusiast’s handmade flight simulator and a drone command centre.


Guiding Lights 7 mentees

Running alongside our public programmes was another busy year of artist development schemes, supporting new projects, production and professional development. Throughout the year, Lighthouse Studio supported practitioners working across art, film and technology through residencies and bespoke training.

Via Platforms, residents developed projects spanning online platforms, interactive documentary, sound design and podcasting, while Finnish music producer and artist Ville Haimala spent three months with us researching “the (experience of the) future of hearing,” and curating an associated Progress Bar.

Helix by artist David Blandy, illustrator Daniel Locke and broadcaster and scientist Adam Rutherford took a new direction as we commissioned A Brief History of Knowledge, a graphic novel due for publication in 2016.

Our major film programmes continue to support the next generation of UK film industry talent, too. In 2015 we screened all of the films produced through the multi-award winning BFI Shorts scheme at the ICA. Plus, building on previous success, this year, Field Study was nominated for an EFA Award, whilst participants Faye Gilbert and Yaw Basoah’s feature Kill Her Witch was greenlit by Film London’s production scheme, Microwave, and Stephen Fingleton’s debut feature, Survivalist, received much acclaim at festivals. Especially exciting news for our film mentoring scheme, Guiding Lights, was that MGM secured current participant Matthew Orton’s Nazi-era thriller, exec produced by his mentor, Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman.

Thanks to all our audiences, partners, funders, friends and collaborators for helping to make this year happen. See you in 2016!



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