Lighthouse Studio Launch, 22nd May 2014. Photo by Roberta Mataityte.
Lighthouse Studio Launch, 22nd May 2014. Photo by Roberta Mataityte.

LIGHTHOUSE STUDIO LAUNCHES


16 June 2015

On the 22nd May, we celebrated the launch of our new interdisciplinary space, Lighthouse Studio. Creative Producer Andrew Sleigh reports back on the evening.

Artistic Director Juha van 't Zelfde and Executive Director Miriam Randall. Photo by Roberta Mataityte.
Artistic Director Juha van 't Zelfde and Executive Director Miriam Randall. Photo by Roberta Mataityte.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our official Lighthouse Studio launch party on Thursday. It was a lovely opportunity to gather together many of the people who’ve joined us on our journey this far, plus a few who we hope will be able to join us in the future.

The studio is a programme we’ve been developing behind the scenes over the past year – it’s a new platform for creatives to work in the heart of our organisation – partly inspired by Happenstance. I’ve been at Lighthouse since September last year, and in that time, I’ve been working with the rest of the team to shape its prototype phase and make big plans for the future. The studio’s network of supporters, advisors, and prototype residents, many of whom joined us on Thursday, have been an invaluable source of ideas, contacts and insight borne from experience.

Thursday night was our chance to tell the story about where we’ve been so far, share our vision for where we’re going next, and celebrate the work of some of the most exciting artists, filmmakers, technologists and creatives working today. As well as Tobias Revell’s exhibition The Monopoly of Legitimate Use in the main gallery space, we had some highlights from our BAFTA nominated and Cannes award winning BFI Shorts programme, and a showcase of studio residents, past and present.

Coralie Gourguechon, one of our current cohort – and also one of Dazed & Confused’s ’Ten women reshaping modern tech’ – worked up until the eleventh hour building a prototype of her Wall Radio. Leila Johnston also showed Hack Circus, a magazine about technology and everyday magic. Hack Circus will be holding a special event of speakers and technologists to launch the third installment on June 14 at Lighthouse. We also had speculative designs for a possible future Lighthouse building, courtesy of Croatian architects MR 2 Arhitektonski Studio.

The night was rounded off by a special performance by Lee Gamble and Dave Gaskarth, performing a live audio visual set – a taste of our future programmes of sound-based performances under the new artistic direction of Juha van ’t Zelfde.

The launch marks the start of a new public chapter for Lighthouse Studio where we encourage more participation with our residents’ work. I look forward to seeing more of you at Lighthouse Studio events, starting with current resident Leila Johnstone’s excellent Hack Circus on 14 June.


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