Coding Objects, by Coralie Gourguechon, 2013
Coding Objects, by Coralie Gourguechon, 2013

Welcome to Lighthouse Studio Residents


10 June 2015

by Andrew Sleigh, Creative Producer.

Hack Circus, a project by Leila Johnston.
Hack Circus, a project by Leila Johnston.

After a few weeks away from Lighthouse to take part in a collaborative programme myself, I’m back in the Lighthouse Studio, welcoming in three new residents, and welcoming back one more. So who are they?

Leila Johnston

Leila is known for many projects that span the worlds of art and tech. She has written for magazines and the web about hacking and weird ideas, produces her long-running podcast Shift Run Stop, and her appearances at events and institutions such as TEDx, Ada Lovelace Day Live, The Royal Institution, and The Royal Academy of Arts. Most recently she’s been working on the quarterly event and magazine series, Hack Circus. Leila also took part in the Happenstance programme, and spoke at Improving Reality 2012. She says: “I like nothing better than bringing objects, systems, ideas and people together to create unexpected new things of extremely high quality.”

Seb Lee-Delisle

Seb will be well-known to many of you, and we’ve been working with him at Lighthouse for several years, hosting his Creative JavaScript workshops, and supporting an incarnation of his interactive digital fireworks display, PixelPyros, at Brighton Digital Festival. He’s a digital artist and speaker who “makes interesting things from code” that encourage public interaction and play. As well as PixelPyros, you may have recently seen – or played with – his Lunar Trails installation, based on the old Lunar Lander arcade game.

Coralie Gourguechon

Coralie is a designer based in Toulouse, France. Her interest in electronic and digital devices started from a realisation that she wasn’t able to repair digital devices. Through physical and semantical dissections, she tried to understand and simplify those objects. She’s found acclaim for her projects that remake electronics on paper, both as usable devices, such as her open-source Craft Camera and as educational tools, such as her deconstructed circuits for amplifiers, speakers and radios.

Georgina Voss

Georgina is already with us, as a resident in our previous phase, but she’s staying on to continue her research project into digital fabrication and grassroots innovation in healthcare. She’s also writing a book and is one of the researchers behind the Brighton Fuse report. I’m very happy to see Georgina back in the studio – this is exactly the kind of longer-term relationship we’re trying to build with all residents, where we can continue to work together beyond the initial residency, and grow the value of the studio network.

Following two prototype residency periods in late-2013 and early-2014, we are now officially out of beta. Of course, while we’re out of our prototyping phase, that doesn’t mean we have answered all the questions. Nor have we settled on a format for the studio. We’ll be building out programmes with partners over the next twelve months that I hope will see longer residency periods, more collaboration with other technology and culture organisations across the UK, more commercial activity in the studio, and more international residents.

This cohort will be with us for three months, and we will have several opportunities for you to meet them, and find out more about their practice through public events and studio show-and-tells. If you want to stay up-to-date with studio news, make sure you’re on the Lighthouse email list, follow us on Twitter or message me directly @andrewsleigh.


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