Lighthouse's thought-provoking conference of contemporary culture, Improving Reality, returns this September for a spectacular 4th edition.
Improving Reality is a one-day conference that brings together an international community of artists, thinkers and makers to share and experience groundbreaking art and ideas of the present.
This year’s theme is Visibility is a Trap. It is a visceral response to the tension between the tendency to share our lives in public, and our desire and right for more privacy. With a line up of acclaimed international speakers and performers – a who's who of the now – Improving Reality 2014 addresses the coming of immediacy, the aesthetics of disappearance and the performance of visibility.
Lighthouse Artistic Director Juha van ’t Zelfde, host of Improving Reality 2014, says: “In light of the Snowden revelations, we now know that the international security agencies have been spying on the private communications of almost everyone on the planet. The web as we know it is no more. Social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have changed from symbols of social progress to weapons of mass surveillance. Improving Reality will take aim at the complex issues at hand.”
We are excited to announce some of the speakers who will feature in our 2014 line-up. Edging more towards festival than conference, this year we place a greater emphasis on experiencing artistic work and include electronic music from composer and sound artist Holly Herndon and the screening of a new moving image artwork by Design Studio Metahaven. We are thrilled to also announce the participation of Professor of Media Arts John Armitage, artist Jananne Al-Ani, writer, editor and film curator Basia Cummings, New York-based Social Media Theorist, Nathan Jurgenson, Founding Director of Edgeryders Nadia El-Imam and groundbreaking artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan.
Date: Thursday 4 September 2014
Venue: Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, 29 New Road, Brighton BN1 1UG
Times: Registration 11:15am, Start 12.00pm, End 6:00pm.
Event Hashtag: #ireality
Improving Reality 2014 is part of Brighton Digital Festival 2014 a month long celebration of digital culture run by members of Brighton’s arts and digital communities. It is supported by Arts Council England and Brighton & Hove City Council.
With thanks to Brighton Festival and Dome.