Matt Locke
Matt Locke


Thursday 07 October 2010

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 with the Lighthouse Monthly Talks. Broadcaster and media commentator, Matt Locke, was the October 2010 speaker.

Matt Locke speaking at Lighthouse, October 2011
Matt Locke speaking at Lighthouse, October 2011

Lighthouse welcomed Matt Locke, a leading figure within the UK’s digital media landscape, as the speaker for our October Monthly talk, which took place during Brighton Photo Biennial 2010. As well as being on the board of the Brighton Photo Biennial, and having a passion for photography, Matt Locke is better known for his influential and innovative work at Channel 4 and the BBC.

At Lighthouse, Matt spoke about new forms of narrative and social media.

Matt is Acting Head of Crossplatform at Channel 4, responsible for building engaging online projects around some of the channel’s key programmes. Before this, he was Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 Education, working with the Education team to commission online projects that deliver informal learning in innovative and exciting ways to teenage audiences. Their projects have won numerous awards, including a BAFTA, BIMA and Flash Forward award for Bow Street Runner, an EMMY for Battlefront and two SXSW awards for Smokescreen and 1066.

In 2010, Matt set up “The Story”, a one-day conference about stories and story-telling across different media, which attracted leading speakers from within the technology, theatre and media sectors. The curator of Brighton Photo Biennial 2010, Martin Parr, is a speaker at the next edition of the conference in February 2011. Before Channel 4, Matt was Head of Innovation for BBC New Media & Technology, responsible for developing and running research programmes within the BBC and with external partners, including developing academic and industry partnerships, and open innovation initiatives. Prior to joining the BBC, Locke worked as a curator, specialising in the social adoption of technology. He commissioned several important artworks, such as Tim Etchells’s seminal SMS work, ‘Surrender Control’ (2000). Matt also writes regularly about the cultural impact of digital technology at his own site Test, and contributes to publications and conferences on a wide range of topics related to digital media.

Lighthouse’s Monthly Talks are held on the first Thursday of each month, and feature key national and international figures within digital culture and film. The talks give audiences an opportunity to engage with some of the most vibrant figures within both the digital media and film sectors.

View photos from the talk on our flickr page

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