Journalist, broadcaster and author Paul Mason. Photo Antonio Olmos
Journalist, broadcaster and author Paul Mason. Photo Antonio Olmos



3 September 2015


In September 2015, Lighthouse presented the first edition of The Long Progress Bar. Playful, inspiring and timely, The Long Progress Bar is a two-day festival of radical imagination that explores new methods of empowerment through collective action, art, culture and technology.

Here are the talks, filmed on Tuesday 3 September 2015, at Brighton Dome Studio Theatre.

Award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Economics Editor at Channel 4 News, and the author of PostCapitalism: A Guide To Our Future.

Whether it was during the financial meltdown in the US in 2007, the Arab Spring in 2011, or the ongoing stand-off between Greece and the Troika, Paul Mason’s emphatic, passionate and connected style of reporting has captivated and inspired many people grappling with what the $$$$ is happening to the world. A man on a mission with a heightened sensitivity to inequality and abuse of power, his books Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed (“Lucid and sharply polemical” – Oliver Kamm, The Times), Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions (“Compact, urgent, present-tense, declarative and addictive” – Andy Beckett, The Guardian) and PostCapitalism: A Guide To Our Future have been praised and criticised by some of the smartest people on the planet.

Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Economist with a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, and founder and Co-President of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an NGO promoting basic income as a right, with members in more than 50 countries. Between 1995 and 1996, he was Research Director for President Mandela’s Labour Market Policy Commission.

Basic income is a guaranteed minimum income, on top of which, people can earn an income by working, just as they do now. Guy Standing has written several books and papers on the subject, notably The Precariat, The New Dangerous Underclass – a significant global phenomenon, highly visible in the Occupy movement.

Laboria Cuboniks is a collaborative writing project redefining a feminism adequate for a global 21st century.

Here, Diann Bauer and Katrina Burch read extracts from the Laboria Cuboniks xenofeminist manifesto: “Ours is a world in vertigo. It is a world that swarms with technological mediation, interlacing our daily lives with abstraction, virtuality, and complexity. XF [Xenofeminism] constructs a feminism adapted to these realities: a feminism of unprecedented cunning, scale, and vision; a future in which the realization of gender justice and feminist emancipation contribute to a universalist politics assembled from the needs of every human, cutting across race, ability, economic standing, and geographical position.”

Researcher, organiser, artist, and participant in unMonastery.

Described as “a social clinic for the future, rethinking monasticism and hackerspaces to prototype a network of spaces throughout Europe”, unMonastery is an ambitious response to the challenge of bridging the gap between working to make a living and working to make meaning, and implements radical forms of social innovation and collaboration in Matera, Italy, with programmes to improve local life, including free tech education at OpenTechSchool, co-run by Kreutler.

Artist and musician exploring themes of code and cryptography.

TCF (aka Lars Holdhus) creates a world that draws references from musique concrete, hardstyle, hardcore, poetry and digital artifacts. His practice shifts between art exhibitions and performing music pieces. He has exhibited widely, including at HHDM in Vienna, Vault in Berlin and Polansky Gallery in Prague. Recent work explores the cryptographic theme, consisting of digital and physical content containing the necessary keys to unlock its full meaning. Here, he talks about decentalizing data and self-hosting the future.

Artist and writer engaging technology, queerness and politics to respond to technological control.

Blas has exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Arts and Design Biennial, New York, and transmediale, Berlin, and was in 2014 selected in Art Review as a 2014 Future Great by fellow artist Hito Steyerl. His projects include Facial Weaponization Suite and Face Cages, which explore the inequalities technologies propagate. His current work, Contra-Internet, is oriented from a feminist and queer perspective and unites these political positions with a hacker ethos. The aim – to function as a framework for refusing the neoliberal logic of ‘the Internet’, while building alternatives to its infrastructure.

Design and research studio whose work reflects political and social issues in graphic design objects and media.

In this talk, Metahaven explore how the internet is being used as a tool for propaganda. Metahaven’s 2010 publication Uncorporate Identity investigated what the International Herald Tribune called the “purpose and value of design in a neurotic and treacherous era of geopolitical instability”. Other projects include Black Transparency, a multi-year investigation into the relationship between transparency and secrecy. As part of this project, Metahaven designed a set of merchandise for WikiLeaks that were sold by the organisation to circumvent a financial blockade disallowing the organisation to receive donations via other means. In The Sprawl (2016), co-commissioned by Lighthouse and The Space, they examine the internet, geopolitics and propaganda.

Conversation between two critically acclaimed electronic musicians.

Jam City
London-based producer, songwriter and musician Jack Latham has since 2009 performed as both a live act and a DJ, playing regular headline shows internationally.

His debut album Classical Curves was released to much critical acclaim, appearing on end of year lists including those by The Guardian, The Quietus and Resident Advisor in 2012, and its 2015 follow up, Dream A Garden, was championed in The Evening Standard and The Guardian, amongst others.

Latham also currently works as a songwriter, producer and remixer for artists on XL, Sony and Domino records.

Holly Herndon
Renowned electronic composer, musician and sound artist Holly Herndon works at the leading-edge of contemporary practice.

As well as touring the world to perform and exhibit new work, Holly is currently candidate for doctoral study in Computer Music at Stanford University. She received her MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College, where in 2010 she won the Elizabeth Mills Crothers award for Best Composer for her vocal generated piece 195.

Her 2014 single, Chorus, was named as a Best New Track by Pitchfork, who stated “few artists have managed to meld the dark thump of techno with the intricate constructions of post-minimalist new music quite like Holly Herndon.” In 2015 she released her second album Platform, to great acclaim.



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