Tobias Revell (photo: Ana Escobar) and Anab Jain
Tobias Revell (photo: Ana Escobar) and Anab Jain


Lighthouse, Brighton


Step behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the thinking motivating the digital world's greatest artists, filmmakers, thinkers and doers. In May, our Monthly Talk, in partnership with HOUSE 2014, featured special guests Tobias Revell and Anab Jain.

The Monopoly of Legitimate Use, Tobias Revell, 2014
The Monopoly of Legitimate Use, Tobias Revell, 2014

Lighthouse and HOUSE 2014 presented an in-conversation between their co-commissioned artist, critical designer and futurist Tobias Revell and designer, filmmaker Anab Jain (Superflux).

This special talk was presented as part of HOUSE 2014 in partnership with Brighton Festival.

Tobias and Anab delved into the themes explored in Tobias’ new film work The Monopoly of Legitimate Use. The co-commission responds to the HOUSE 2014 theme: Migration, Refuge and Territory. The work will be exhibited at Lighthouse from 3 – 25 May 2014.

The Monopoly of Legitimate Use

The Monopoly of Legitimate Use looks at a near-future techno-political landscape, examining ideological conflicts between networks and states. Three short vignettes within the film deal with the control of citizenship, political identity and border definition in a complex networked topology. The films raise questions of how we identify ourselves politically and using what tools or methods as well as the rebalance of control caused by simultaneously globalising and localising network technology.

About the speakers:

Tobias Revell is a critical designer and futurist talking and exhibiting worldwide, a lecturer at the Royal College of Art and the London College of Communication, a senior associate at design studio Superflux and a researcher with Arup’s Foresight group. His practice looks at alternative narratives for technologies and changes in contemporary society. He has exhibited at Ars Electronica, the Science Gallery in Dublin, Z33 in Hasselt, Belgium, the Milan Design Week and HMKV Dortmund.

Anab Jain is a designer, filmmaker, founder and director of the London-and-India-based design studio Superflux, which runs in partnership with Jon Ardern. The studio consistently produces inventive and critical work exploring the limits of emerging technologies and their implications on society and culture. Recent work by the Superflux studio includes the design of prosthetic vision for the visually impaired, alternate autonomous weather systems, ecological domestic robots, large-scale devices visualizing quantum computing, pirate networks for autonomous UAVs, speculative narratives investigating illegal markets for synthetic biology and community-enabling services for urban India.

Date: Thursday 15 May 2014
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ
Time: Doors 6.30pm, Starts 7pm.



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