IMPROVING REALITY 2012 FILMS
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6 SEPTEMBER 2012 BRIGHTON
HOW ARE ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS INVENTING NEW WAYS TO THINK ABOUT REALITY?
Improving Reality 2012 was a half-day conference which playfully and critically looked at how designers, artists, and makers are using various technologies to shift our perceptions of reality.
The conference featured graphic novelist, Warren Ellis, art and science luminary, Luke Jerram, digital innovators Usman Haque, Anab Jain and Leila Johnston, and influential writers Joanne McNeil and Regine Debatty. Films of these talks are available to view below, starting with an introduction to the sessions by Lighthouse director, Honor Harger:
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 session presented tales from the edge of reality, near-future designs, unlikely inventions, time travel and atemporality.
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
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 presented examples of how artists, architects and designers are visualising scientific phenomena, bringing hidden political machinations to light, and revealing the structures of social participation.
Introduction by Honor Harger:
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
Improving Reality is part of Brighton Digital Festival, a celebration of digital culture run by members of Brighton’s arts and digital communities, administered by Wired Sussex in association with Lighthouse and supported by Arts Council England.
Improving Reality 2012 built on the first Improving Reality conference held in 2011. You can watch those talks here. The title is inspired by the project, The Artvertiser by artist Julian Oliver, who opened Improving Reality 2011.
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