RAM House created by Space Caviar (Simone C. Niquille and Joseph Grima) and PROKOSS. Photo © Delfino Sisto Legnani
RAM House created by Space Caviar (Simone C. Niquille and Joseph Grima) and PROKOSS. Photo © Delfino Sisto Legnani


Joseph Grima | Yemi Awosile | Simone C. Niquille | Lotic | Vessel | Arnod Vorrzpkngrrr



Lighthouse presents Progress Bar, a monthly night that offers insight into the creative practice of contemporary culture's most exciting names. From vanguard filmmakers and musicians to trending artists and activists, Progress Bar is an ear-to-the-ground evening of new art, new music and, hopefully, new friends.

Fortress of Solitude © Simone C. Niquille
Fortress of Solitude © Simone C. Niquille

Our fourth edition of Progress Bar is not only in a bigger venue, down the road at Otherplace at the Basement, but it also has an additional speaker and a club night, together delivering a single, unique night of inspiring conversation and cutting-edge music.

In the first section, Lighthouse artistic director Juha van ’t Zelfde will be in conversation with three distinct and influential designers: architect, writer and researcher Joseph Grima, graphic designer and researcher Simone C. Niquille and textile designer Yemi Awosile; the second will feature live performances by three of the most innovative and radical music producers today, Vessel,
Lotic and Arnod Vorrzpkngrrr.

Date: Thursday 4 June 2015
Times: 6.30pm–11.30pm (Talks 7pm-8.30pm / Club/Gig 9pm-11.30pm)
Venue: Otherplace at the Basement, 24 Kensington St, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Tickets: Tickets are available from Otherplace at The Basement Talks & Club/Gig; £12 / £10; Club/Gig only £10 / £8 and from Eventbrite
Concessionary prices are for full-time students or anyone in receipt of an income-based benefit, please bring ID/proof with you.


June Progress Bar guests (top left to bottom right: Joseph Grima, Simone C. Niquille, Arnod Vorrzpkngrrr, Yemi Awosile, Lotic, Vessel)

Joseph Grima & Simone C. Niquille

Joseph Grima is currently director of the Ideas City program at the New Museum in New York and co-artistic director of the first edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, The State of the Art of Architecture, inaugurating in October 2015. He also teaches at the school of architecture in Genoa, Italy.

Simone C. Niquille received a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design [RISD] in Providence USA in 2010 and graduated with a Masters in Visual Strategies from the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam in 2013. She is scientific director of White Hole exhibition space and writes a column on technology, body modification and privacy for Sang Bleu. She is interested in the representation of identity without a body, the digitisation of biomass and the increasingly omnipresent optic gaze of everyday objects.

Space Caviar
As part of the Genoa-based design research collective Space Caviar, a collaborative practice that uses architecture, film, writing and spatial interventions as tools of critical research, Joseph Grima and Simone C. Niquille designed RAM House (pictured above) – a domestic prototype that explores the home’s response to a new definition of privacy in the age of sentient appliances and signal based communication.

Primarily concerned with issues at the intersection of the social, technological and political spheres, Space Caviar’s work has been widely published and exhibited at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the V&A Museum and Interieur Biennale, among others.

Yemi Awosile

Yemi Awosile’s ‘Acoustic Textiles’ exhibited at Southbank Centre, 2014

Yemi Awosile studied at the Royal College of Art in Textiles Design, graduating in 2008, before setting up a textile and materials studio. In 2014, she exhibited ‘Acoustic Textiles’ (pictured above) at the Southbank Centre, presenting interactive textiles that gave form to a soundscape by artist Emeka Ogboh, taken from a series of field recordings of Lagos, Nigeria. She has also exhibited at Estonian Academy of Arts, Peer Gallery, and Geffrye Museum, and her studio, W+ aims to connect the broader public to creative practice through regular multi-disciplinary workshops.

Arnod Vorrzpkngrrr
At each Progress Bar, Lighthouse presents an up-and-coming producer from Brighton for musical support. This month is the turn of the collective Arnod Vorrzpkngrrr, who intend to test out the venue’s soundproofing with some “riffy groove and sonic extremes”.

Read what they have to say about their music, the Brighton scene and promoters, and listen to their Progress Bar Mix here.

Vessel is the pseudonym of electronic artist and producer Sebastian Gainsborough. After rising to prominence in 2011 through acclaimed releases left_blank and Astro-Dynamics, in early 2012 he signed with Tri Angle Records (home to Holy Other, Clams Casino and The Haxan Cloak) to release his debut album, Order Of Noise. Taking influence as much from the bass heavy heritage of the city around him as from sounds emerging far further afield, Seb creates exciting, unclassifiable music. As part of the Young Echo collective, alongside fellow left_blank artist El Kid, and Punch Drunk Music signees Kahn & Zhou, Seb is at the global forefront of a groundbreaking generation of new producers.

“Punish, Honey is a diverse and sonically surprising work, infectiously odd and encouragingly bold.”– The Wire

DJ and producer Lotic (aka J’Kerian Morgan) originates from Texas, but today operates out of Berlin. In recent years he has evolved into one of the most original voices of Berlin’s club life and is currently resident at the city’s famed Janus parties, Lighthouse’s favourite club night in the world. His Berlin-via-Houston sound is described as “an apocalyptic mix of haunting synth melodies, destructive beats, and skewed experimental electronica”.

“One of the best and most innovative albums of the year.”Resident Advisor on Lotic’s fourth EP, 2015’s Heterocetera

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