Luke Jerram, artist and speaker at Improving Reality 2012
Luke Jerram, artist and speaker at Improving Reality 2012

IMPROVING REALITY 2012

Brighton Digital Festival 2012


6 SEPTEMBER 2012
PAVILION THEATRE, BRIGHTON


HOW ARE ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS INVENTING NEW WAYS TO THINK ABOUT REALITY?


Improving Reality 2012 is a half-day conference which playfully and critically looks at how designers, artists, and makers are using various technologies to shift our perceptions of reality.

Anab Jain - speaker at Improving Reality - pictured with Jon Ardern and the 5th Dimensional Camera by Superflux, which translates the Many Worlds theory of quantum mechanics into a prototype.
Anab Jain - speaker at Improving Reality - pictured with Jon Ardern and the 5th Dimensional Camera by Superflux, which translates the Many Worlds theory of quantum mechanics into a prototype.

The conference features graphic novelist, Warren Ellis, art and science luminary, Luke Jerram, digital innovators Usman Haque, Anab Jain and Leila Johnston and much much more.

Over the course of the day, we’ll be hearing inspiring talks and speculative stories about radical designs, unlikely inventions, artworks inspired by science and much more. Expect a few surprises a long the way. The conference is curated by Lighthouse for Brighton Digital Festival.

Schedule and Line-up

11:45 – 12:30: Arrival & registration

12:30 – 12:35: Welcome & introductions

12:30 – 14:30: Session 1. The Edge of Reality
How do speculative fictions, alternate realities, and radically new conceptions of time help shape our experience of reality? Today, writers, designers and artists are working with techniques and ideas which only a few years ago would have been considered science fiction. This sessions presents tales from the edge of reality, near-future designs, unlikely inventions, time travel and atemporality.

Speakers:
- Warren Ellis, award-winning author of graphic novels such as Fell, Planetary, Red, Transmetropolitan and the forthcoming prose novel, Gun Machine
- Anab Jain, designer, founder of Superflux and TED Fellow
- Leila Johnston, creative technologist, writer and inventor
- Joanne McNeil, writer and editor of Rhizome, an art and technology organisation, based at The New Museum in New York

15:25 – 17:00: Session 2. Beyond the Visible
Artists and designers have an uncanny knack of making the invisible visible. Their work helps us to perceive aspects of the world around us which are there, but perpetually beyond our vision. This session presents examples of how artists, architects and designers are visualising scientific phenomena, bringing hidden political machinations to light, and revealing the structures of social participation.

Speakers:
- Luke Jerram, multidisciplinary artist and inventor
- Régine Debatty, curator, writer and blogger at we-make-money-not-art.com
- Usman Haque, artist, architect, founder of Cosm

17:00 – 17:20: Closing talk by Rebekka Kill, social media theorist, performer, and academic

You can download the full conference programme here.

Following the conference, is Brighton SF a panel discussion with some of the leading names in speculative fiction and science fiction literature, including:
- Brian Aldiss, renowned science-fiction writer and author of the short story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, which led to the film, A.I.
- Lauren Beukes, writer and author of Zoo City, which won the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke award.
- Jeff Noon, author of Vurt, Automated Alice, Channel SK1n

If you haven’t already got a ticket for that, there is still some left, which you can buy from the Brighton SF page

Date: Thursday 6 September 2012

Conference Times: 12:00 – 17:30

Brighton SF Panel Times: 18:00 – 19:30

Tickets: Sold out.

Venue: Pavilion Theatre, 29 New Road, Brighton BN1 1UG

Improving Reality 2012 is part of Brighton Digital Festival is a celebration of digital culture. It is run by members of Brighton’s arts and digital communities, administered by Wired Sussex in association with Lighthouse and supported by"Arts Council England.":http://www.artscouncil.org.uk

With thanks to Brighton Festival and Dome and Brighton SF

Improving Reality 2012 builds on the first Improving Reality conference held last year. You can watch those talks here. The title is inspired by the project, The Artvertiser by artist Julian Oliver, who opened last year’s conference.

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