1014, 2015 (video stills) Courtesy: the artist and mother’s tankstation, Dublin.
1014, 2015 (video stills) Courtesy: the artist and mother’s tankstation, Dublin.



9 MAY 2016


Lighthouse presents Progress Bar, a series of events giving 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 our regular, ear-to-the-ground evening of new art, new music and, hopefully, new friends.

The Sprawl (Propaganda About Propaganda), by Metahaven, 2016, still
The Sprawl (Propaganda About Propaganda), by Metahaven, 2016, still

This special edition of Progress Bar, presented in partnership with Fabrica Film Forum and Brighton Film School, takes inspiration from the new immersive video installation The Sprawl (Propaganda About Propaganda) by award-winning artists and filmmakers Metahaven, in which they argue that the internet has become a weapon of mass destruction.

Showing a series of short films by Metahaven’s contemporaries, Progress Bar: Film Forum is an opportunity to watch and discuss works by a group of cutting-edge filmmakers and artists creating videos that respond to and comment on the internet. Often drawing subject matter and content from digital culture, including memes, gaming and social media, these works examine contemporary culture and world events as presented on our screens.


David Blandy

HERCULES: ROUGH CUT from David Blandy on Vimeo.

London and Brighton-based artist David Blandy works with the image in the digital world, from the YouTube tutorial and music videos, to television series, anime and the narrative sections of computer games; highlighting our relationship with popular culture and investigating what makes us who we are.

His art can take the form of a large scale installation, such as Hercules: Rough Cut, which The Guardian said, “sees him move far beyond the 21st century,” or single screen works such as How to make a short video about extinction. He is currently working on the Lighthouse supported graphic novel A Brief History of Knowledge, with the illustrator Daniel Locke and scientist Dr Adam Rutherford.



1014, 2015 (video stills) Courtesy: the artist and mother’s tankstation, Dublin.

London-based artist Yuri Pattison works with digital media, video and sculpture to explore the political implications of new technologies and the changing nature of visual culture in the Internet age.

In 1014, Pattison takes us on a fan-video style guided tour of the hotel room in which Edward Snowden stayed after he fled from the US to Hong Kong. It was here that Snowden revealed his identity as the source of the NSA surveillance leaks to The Guardian, as captured in the documentary CitizenFour.

“1014 meditates on recent history after the Academy Award win for CitizenFour, reflecting on the rapid transition of the story from political crisis to entertainment (in the form of a forthcoming Hollywood film) without any significant changes to the political status quo.” – Dis Magazine

Because We Are Visual

Emerging documentary filmmakers Olivia Rochelle and Gerard-Jan Claes live and work in Brussels.

Because We Are Visual examines the world of public video journals. Described by Dazed as “an incredibly poetic and profound film,” the footage, comprised entirely of clips found on YouTube – including a man becoming overwhelmed by the beauty of a double rainbow, a girl choosing to reveal her body in a public space, and a boy secretly filming himself on the toilet – captures the loneliness and the experience of the body within this virtual space.

The Sprawl (Propaganda About Propaganda) is being exhibited at Lighthouse as part of Brighton Festival from 7-29 May 2016, and there will be an opportunity to view it during this event. Find out more about the exhibition.


Date: Monday 9 May 2016
Times: 7pm–10pm; doors and bar open 6.30pm
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Tickets: £5 / £3.50 concs (full-time students or anyone in receipt of an income-based benefit, please bring ID/proof with you)

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Fabrica Film Forum
Fabrica’s Film Forum is a screening, discussion and networking event for people who are passionate about films and filmmaking.
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Brighton Film School
Brighton Film School delivers practical courses and training to a new generation of talented filmmakers wishing to enter the film industry.
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