NEW PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE LONG PROGRESS BAR 2016
30 August 2016
We are delighted to announce that WeTransfer and POSTmatter are our new partners for this year’s edition of The Long Progress Bar – Festival of Radical Imagination.
A one-day festival, The Long Progress Bar celebrates radical imagination and explores new methods of empowerment, collective action and technological progress. “It’s a festival that starts as a conference and ends as a rave,” says Lighthouse Artistic Director, Juha van ’t Zelfde. “By mixing presentations, videos, live performances and DJ sets, we try to make a more playful platform for creative expression, and to connect people who are interested in building a better future.” Lighthouse Executive Director, Miriam Randall adds ““WeTransfer is a dream partner for us, their generosity and open-mindedness has helped us create the best Progress Bar yet!”
WeTransfer is known for supporting creative and innovative people, organisations and events, featuring them as wallpaper on their file-sharing platform, and via their blog, This Works. Recent articles have covered everything from new work by artists, to the winners of the Refugee Challenge, launched by the What Design Can Do conference, to Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s latest film, Humans, which aims to ignite a conversation around the meaning of our existence, and empower people to make social change. It is also behind The Creative Class video series, which features influential people shaping today’s creative industries. WeTransfer Co-founder, Nalden says, “We are always striving to learn, unlearn and relearn to design a better service for our users. Events like The Long Progress Bar allow us to leave the comfort zone and challenge our current thinking. The Long Progress bar is pushing people forward!”
POSTmatter is a magazine about modern life and culture in the digital age. In alignment with Lighthouse’s ethos, POSTmatter celebrates the people and projects that push boundaries, through editorial, exhibitions and art commissions. Postmatter Editor-in-Chief Louise Benson comments, “Forward-looking in both its aims and format, The Long Progress Bar embodies the values of innovation and empowerment that we too uphold at POSTmatter. In an age of rapid technological and political change, it is more important than ever to consider what it is that truly connects us. We believe that The Long Progress Bar does this by not just offering answers, but by asking more questions.”
This year, The Long Progress Bar is hosted by NYT best-selling author Warren Ellis and features talks by journalist and an associate editor of The FADER, Aimee Cliff; journalist Ash Sarkar; Turner Prize-nominated artist Roger Hiorns; DJ and producer Melika Ngombe Kolongo/Nkisi; philosopher and author, Nina Power. Also featured are screenings of work by video artists Sam Rolfes, Lawrence Lek, Kate Cooper, Metahaven, David Blandy and Larry Achiampong, Gazelle Twin, and Embassy for the Displaced. Plus, music from Drill Folly, Ital Tek, Nkisi and Yon Eta.
Early-Bird tickets available until midnight, 21 August.
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