LAST DANCE: THE WAVE EPOCH
BRIGHTON FESTIVAL 2018
24 MAY 2018 – 2pm & 7pm
BRIGHTHELM COMMUNITY CENTRE & LIGHTHOUSE, BRIGHTON
ELIJAH | HAROON MIRZA | JACK JELFS | GAIKA
Lighthouse invites us to imagine what culture will be like 2000 years in the future, through a unique creative collaboration between Elijah (grime DJ/Producer), GAIKA (Artist/Musician), and artists Haroon Mirza and Jack Jelfs.
Devised and created earlier this year at the world’s largest scientific experiment – the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (LHC), the performance uses artefacts and electronic components left over from experiments, in an on-stage installation performed live to the public for the first time at Brighton Festival on 24 May 2018.
The Wave Epoch presents a fictional scenario into the future in which LHC and CERN have long become redundant and rediscovered by a future civilization. Exploring how our perception of purpose-built locations evolve over time, the artists look to ritualistic tendencies of humankind and question how these landscapes may be reinterpreted.
Acknowledging performance as a form of ritual, The Wave Epoch anticipates the possibility of the LHC losing its original meaning and being read as a site of ceremony, like that of Stonehenge.
Haroon Mirza and Jack Jelfs were the joint recipients of the COLLIDE International Award, a two month artistic residency at CERN, followed by a one month residency at FACT Liverpool. They invited Elijah and GAIKA to LHC to conceive and create The Wave Epoch as a special one-off improvisation.
Renowned as a genre-defying musician and artist, GAIKA is no stranger to envisioning future possibilities; in his most recent project, The Spectacular Empire, he developed an imaginary universe through which he envisioned what the next 50 years will look like. GAIKA will perform The Wave Epoch live at Brighton Festival in two performances at Brighton’s Brighthelm Community Centre, at 2pm and 5pm.
The Spectacular Empire – GAIKA
This collaboration was developed as part of the Collide International Award, a partnership programme between Arts at CERN and FACT Liverpool. It was co-produced by the ScANNER network (consisting of FACT and Arts at CERN, as well as Le Lieu Unique, Nantes; CCCB, Barcelona; iMAL, Brussels) in collaboration with Lighthouse.
LAST DANCE: SOCIAL SPACE AT LIGHTHOUSE
The Wave Epoch is the finale to Lighthouse’s Last Dance programme, led by Elijah, Associate Artistic Director of Lighthouse. Throughout 2017 and 2018, Elijah has been investigating the changing nature of UK club culture, meeting new people and discovering new artists and organisations locally, nationally and internationally.
“Talking to creatives locally, issues weren’t arising just with the lack of places to perform finished work, it was in finding places to meet other artists, and like-minded people and have space to create new ideas.” – Elijah
Last Dance launch event: July 2017
In 2017, Elijah launched the Last Dance series of events in Brighton to provide local creatives, at an early stage of their careers, with an opportunity to gain insight from creative professionals and build a supportive network. The series has included workshops with music producers Flava D, Shanti Celeste, Hodge, and Producergirls; Open Sessions, a regular strand inviting local and national DJs, producers and artists – including Grime poet Debris Stevenson and AV artist MURLO – to share their knowledge and creative process; and residencies providing a space for creative development.
Throughout Brighton Festival, the Last Dance: Social Space at Lighthouse will become a hub that celebrates and showcases the artistic talent involved in Last Dance, and a space where locals, and those visiting for Brighton Festival, can meet one another and those involved.
It will present an opportunity to see documentation of The Wave Epoch in the making, as well as host a series of events, talks and workshops using The Wave Epoch as a starting point.
Last Dance is supported by Arts Council England’s Change Makers fund, which aims to increase the diversity of senior leadership in art and culture. Read more about Elijah’s journey in his blog: Becoming a Changemaker and Artistic Director.
Elijah is a grime DJ and promoter and the co-founder of grime label Butterz. His work spans music programming, journalism, A&R and artist management, and shines a light on the artistic, social and economic challenges and opportunities for emerging artists.
Intertwining his practice with the role of composer, Haroon considers electricity his main medium and creates atmospheric environments through the linking together of light, sound, music, video and elements of architecture.
In 2004, he founded hrm199: a collaborative platform where people from a diverse range of disciplines can intertwine their practices. In 2017, together with Jack Jelfs, hrm199 was awarded a CERN residency which will result in a commission at FACT, Liverpool, in 2018.
GAIKA’s music is dark yet melodic, experimental yet catchy. While drawing strongly from his Brixton upbringing and his Jamaican and Grenadian heritage, GAIKA’s sound is ultimately expansive, seamlessly weaving musical motifs, vocal flows and slangs of UK, US and Caribbean music.
Jack Jelfs’ work uses sculpture, music, video, text and performance, with a current focus on the interplay between language, consciousness and physical matter. He has released music under various aliases and performed or exhibited at venues including Tate Modern, the Barbican, Serpentine Gallery and the Roundhouse.
Date: Thursday, 24 May 2018
Venue: Brighthelm Community Centre, North Road, BN1 1YD & Lighthouse, Brighton
Time: 2pm & 7pm
Tickets: £10. Tickets are available on the Brighton Festival website and 01273 709709
ABOUT BRIGHTON FESTIVAL
Brighton Festival is the largest and most established annual curated multi-arts festival in England. It is a celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events – taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May. The Guest Director for Brighton Festival 2018 will be the Turner-Prize nominated visual artist David Shrigley. brightonfestival.org
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)
FACT is the UK’s leading media arts centre, based in Liverpool. Offering a unique programme of exhibitions, film and participant-led projects, FACT believes in the power of creative technology to inspire and enrich lives. www.fact.co.uk
ARTS AT CERN
Established in 2011 with the CERN Cultural Policy, Arts at CERN is the official arts programme of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva. It fosters new expert knowledge in the arts by extending artists’ practice in connection with particle physicists and engineers at CERN. It offers a broad range of activities with a clear focus on artistic research residencies and new artistic productions in collaboration with international leading cultural organisations. arts.cern
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