MONTHLY TALK - JUHA VAN 'T ZELFDE
Thursday 3 April 2014
TALKS ON DIGITAL ART, CULTURE AND FILM ON THE FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
Step behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the thinking motivating the digital world’s greatest artists, thinkers and doers. Lighthouse's new Artistic Director Juha van 't Zelfde was our speaker in April.
Juha van ‘t Zelfde is a Dutch-Finnish DJ, curator and cultural innovator and the new Artistic Director of Lighthouse. His work shows an interest in new developments in art, music, technology, economics and the public domain. He is the curator of the exhibition Dread – Fear in the age of technological acceleration. He is also the co-founder of Amsterdam-based studio for cultural resilience Non-fiction
About Juha’s Talk
In this talk, Juha shared a personal account of how his career as a DJ and curator has surfed on the development of the web as a natural environment for discovering, experiencing and sharing culture. He reflected on the underground music culture of the web, on proto-internet marketplaces, and on how Tumblr and Twitter have become his studio. Looking back on these online experiences, however insignificant and sometimes just flat-out weird they felt at the time, Juha asked how they have shaped his understanding of and love for the web in all its glory, how they formed his practice as a curator, and what are now the opportunities for arts institutions?
Juha’s talk also looked at his experiments with making a Soundcloud for museums (and failing), a social weather app for cities, an operating system for public space and a Foursquare for ships. Museum Manager, an idea he has been trying to date with since his romance with Football Manager went awry, will also be pitched to the audience.
From research to making, and from discovering to sharing, Juha’s talk asked: how do we experience art? How do you connect people? And how do you make things public?
The talk was moderated by Anthony Lilley, chair of Lighthouse and Chief Creative Officer and CEO of Magic Lantern Productions.
Date: Thursday 3 April 2014
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ
Time: Doors 6.30pm, Starts 7pm.
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