SLR: WHO'S WATCHING YOUR SHADOW?
Thursday 30 January 2014
To celebrate the online release of BFI Short film SLR, Lighthouse presents a special evening of interventions, screenings and a panel discussion with leading experts on questions around privacy, surveillance and voyeurism.
We invite you to join us for a screening of SLR, written and directed by Stephen Fingleton and produced by Matthew James Wilkinson. SLR tells the story of a man obsessed with ‘voyeur pornography.’ On making a shocking discovery, the protagonist is forced onto the trail of an anonymous photographer known only by his username – ANORAK. SLR was executive produced by Lighthouse as part of the BFI Shorts scheme.
Following it’s online launch, you can watch SLR here:
We will also be screening companion film Selfie – directed by Ben Williams – which asks us to reconsider the people we are most intimate with, and the data we entrust to them. From the perspective of a young woman, Selfie muses on themes of voyeurism, self-identity and youth.
Screenings will be followed by a panel featuring; SLR’s director Stephen Fingleton, Lighthouse studio resident Chris Pinchen, interdisciplinary researcher and analyst Georgina Voss, and journalist Wendy Grossman, hosted by Antony Mayfield – in discussion on the film’s themes and wider context – How do we know who is watching us? How does our gender narrate our experience online, and how do we protect ourselves?
Prior to the evening’s screenings, there will be a series of interventions that will challenge your perception of privacy. Curated by inaugural Lighthouse Studio resident Mark Simpkins, these interactive installations will reveal the hidden systems at play on and offline.
6.30pm: Doors open, drinks with interventions
7.15pm: Event Starts
10.00pm: Close of play
PLEASE NOTE: This event will be filmed and event footage will be released alongside the online release of the film SLR.
Stephen Fingleton is a writer-director from Northern Ireland. His short films have won several awards and screened at over seventy international film festivals. In 2013, he was chosen by Screen International as a Star of Tomorrow. His screenplay The Survivalist topped the UK Brit List and was voted onto Hollywood’s Black List for the year’s best unmade scripts, and he is set to direct the film in 2014. He is also developing a sci-fi thriller to direct for the Ridley Scott Presents slate, and is writing a thriller for Working Title Films.
He is represented by Independent Talent Group in the UK and WME in the United States. His twitter handle is @sfingali.
Antony Mayfield writes and speaks about technology and social, organisational and cultural issues. He is the author of My and My Web Shadow – published internationally by Bloomsbury – and CEO of digital strategy and innovation agency, Brilliant Noise, named as one of Brighton’s leading tech start-ups by The Observer earlier this month. He has recently given talks for the Financial Times and lectured at Imperial College, Warwick University and Wake Forest University.
Georgina Voss is a researcher, writer and Resident of Lighthouse Studio, whose projects span the politics of technology and engineering; grassroots communities and practices; and hidden and deviant labour. She holds a doctorate from the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit, Sussex University, and was co-author of the ‘Better Made Up’ report from NESTA which examined the co-influence of science fiction and innovation.
Wendy M. Grossman is a freelance technology writer and founder of Britain’s The Skeptic magazine. A veteran writer for publications such as the Guardian, Scientific American, New Scientist, and ZDNet UK, she is author of the books net.wars and The Net Comes of Age, and writes a weekly column, net.wars, that covers the border wars between cyberspace and real life.
Chris Pinchen is a activist concerned with the levels, and extent, of surveillance in society. Chris is co-founder of the Chokepoint Project, a non-profit organisation that collects, analyses and reports on data relating to network neutrality and civil rights in the digital domain. Chris’s work in Lighthouse Studio has surrounded the planning of Brighton’s first Crypto-party, and has introduced Tech-Activism Third Mondays.
Mark Simpkins is a part-time research fellow in digital design at Central Saint Martins, in the Design Against Crime/ Socially Responsive Design Research Unit, as well as a practicing digital artist. He has 20 years experience in delivering digital projects. Mark has been working with Lighthouse to look at the ways in which design influences our attitudes and thoughts on surveillance.
In 2011, Lighthouse was selected to manage the BFI Shorts film production initiative. 17 projects have been produced through the scheme, spanning genres from drama to comedy, thriller to sci-fi. The films are now nearly all complete, and making a strong impression on the international festival circuit, with a number of notable award wins and nominations.
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