Invisible Flock - Sea of Voices
Invisible Flock - Sea of Voices

Theme


Since 2011, Lighthouse has been taking our programmes beyond our own venue, and has been creating work in response to an annual theme.

In 2012-13 our theme is Uncharted Territories. This year Lighthouse will navigate and explore new territory through a programme that examines the fundamental human urge to explore, map and understand new territories – real and metaphorical. Lighthouse will act as a navigational beacon for international co-operation in a year when the UK welcomes the world to its shores for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Our Uncharted Territories theme began with the presentation of a major international exhibition in Barcelona called Invisible Fields: Geographies of Radio Waves. The show brought together over a dozen internationally known artists, designers and scientists to explore the radio spectrum – the invisible environment that underpins contemporary technology. Co-curated by José Luis de Vicente and Lighthouse director, Honor Harger, the show included significant works by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Trevor Paglen, Timo Arnall, Joyce Hinterding and many more. It was exhibited at at Arts Santa Mònica.

Uncharted Territories marks a series of important historical and contemporary voyages. 2012 sees the maiden voyage of The Boat Project, an extraordinary new sailing boat, built collectively by the people of the South East region, under the direction of artists, Lone Twin. To celebrate this project, Lighthouse co-commissioned two major new works for Brighton Festival 2012 – I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another by Turner Prize nominees, The Otolith Group, which will open at Fabrica, and Sea of Voices by Invisible Flock, an interactive journey between Fabrica and the Brighton Marina, where The Boat Project will be docked in May.

In June of 2012, the world will witness the last Transit of Venus for 100 years, an astronomic event which historically inspired some of the great maritime voyages, including James Cook’s voyage to the South Pacific, which led to the discovery of New Zealand and Australia. Invisible Flock’s work, Sea of Voices, references this important event. 2012 also marks the 100th anniversary of the sailing of the Titanic from the South East port of Southampton, into the uncharted waters of history.

In a year marked by internationalism, Lighthouse is pleased to be presenting the work of leading international artists and filmmakers at major forums such as Brighton Digital Festival and Brighton Photo Biennial.

For Brighton Digital Festival 2012, we staged Odysseys by David Blandy, his largest monographic show in the UK. Odysseys explored Blandy’s personal and historical relationship with Japan, and his fascination with our identity is shaped by everyday art forms such as television and computer games.

For Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 we are staging a solo show by artist and experimental geographer, Trevor Paglen, who also took part in _Invisible Fields. Geographies of Seeing explores the secret activities of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies using photography. Paglen’s work allows us to experience unmapped and uncharted territories which are normally hidden from view.

Our residency programme for creative technologists, Happenstance, is all about creating an environment for unexpected outcomes, and serendipitous discoveries. Through this programme, Lighthouse, together with our partners Site Gallery, Spike Island and Caper, will be discovering how digital technology is reshaping the territory we exist within.

Last year, Lighthouse explored the shape of our post-cinematic world guided by the theme, Beyond Cinema. Transformed by the possibilities offered by digital technology, moving image is becoming dislocated from its cinematic context, and is increasingly pervasive and mobile. In a programme of exhibitions, commissions, workshops, talks and courses, we explored how artists and filmmakers are bringing moving image experiences to outdoor spaces and disused buildings, creating cinematic experiences from digital data, making cities more intelligent through augmented reality, and working with the language of film to create sensuous environments.

We launched Beyond Cinema at Brighton Festival 2011, with two exhibitions by Kutlug Ataman and Lynette Wallworth, which used the language of film to articulate uniquely human responses to political disorder. Later in the year, our thematic explorations continued with a major locative cinema work by Blast Theory; an exhibition of digital film installations by Semiconductor; a new moving image art commission by rising star, Claire Hooper; Past Present, a work that used digital technology and archival film to bring history to life and an innovative training lab on motion capture technology.


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