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Improving Reality 2013 - A Digital Culture Conference Organised by Lighthouse


Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM (BST)

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Improving Reality 2013 is a half day conference which playfully and critically looks at how designers, artists and makers are using various technologies to shift our perceptions of reality.

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Improving Reality 2013 speakers

This year's speakers, top row: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Frank Swain, Georgina Voss, Farida Vis. Middle row: Keller Easterling, Maja Kuzmanovic, Paula Le Dieu, Justin Pickard. Bottom row: Simon Ings, Paul Graham Raven, Timo Arnall, Tobias Revell

Lighthouse's digital culture conference, Improving Reality is returning for a third year this September. Expect tours through worlds that artists are growing rather than making, critical revelations of the systems and infrastructures that shape our world, and narratives of radical alternative futures.

Tickets are now on sale for this inspiring day of talks that explores how artists and designers are shifting our perceptions of the world. This year, major thinkers such as Keller Easterling, artist and synthetic biologist, Daisy Ginsberg, and gonzo futurist, Justin Pickard, are amongst our speakers.


We are excited to reveal that our media partner for Improving Reality 2013 is Arc. Arc was created by the makers of the New Scientist, and has emerged as one of the most exciting forums for writing about the near-future, science and science fiction. Arc will be sending a group of correspondents to the conference to capture the discussions. Their editor, Simon Ings will also be contributing as a moderator.

We are also thrilled to announce a new group of speakers and contributors: 

Timo Arnall (UK/NO) – designer, filmmaker and creative director of design agency, BERG. Timo is also presenting at theImmaterials exhibition at Lighthouse, during Brighton Digital Festival, which makes technological infrastructures, visible.

Simon Ings (UK) – novelist, science writer, and author of the acclaimed books, The Weight of Numbers, The Eye: A Natural History, and Dead Water, among others. He is currently the editor of Arc. Simon will be moderating one of the conference sessions. 

Paul Graham Raven (UK) – writer and foresight consultant, currently working as a researcher at the University of Sheffield, looking at Infrastructure Futures. He writes science fiction for leading publications, and for his own websites,Futurismic and Velcro City Tourist Board. Earlier this year, he published a major essay on Infrastructure Fiction, which will be one of our key themes for the day. 

Tobias Revell (UK) – artist and designer with a deep interest in economics, political systems and world history. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art’s Design Interactions department, and is an associate and Superflux in London. He has forthcoming exhibitions at Science Gallery Dublin and Ars Electronica in Linz.

They join this stellar cast of speakers, which we announced earlier:

Keller Easterling (USA) – architect and urbanist.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (UK) – artist, designer and writer.

Maja Kuzmanovic (BE/HR) – artist, design futurist and founder of the interdisciplinary lab, FoAM.

Paula Le Dieu (UK/AU) – digital director who works with digital experiences, media futures, and archives in the digital age. 

Justin Pickard (UK) – writer, researcher and ‘gonzo futurist’.

Frank Swain (UK) – science writer.

Farida Vis (UK) – researcher.

Georgina Voss (UK) – researcher and writer.

The conference is one of a series of projects Lighthouse is curating for Brighton Digital Festival 2013, a month long celebration of digital culture this September. Improving Reality 2013 will both expand on the ideas presented in the exhibitions and other projects we are curating, as well as create opportunities for interchange between the arts and digital creative industry sectors. Support from Arts Council England allows us to make the conference affordable.

Improving Reality 2013 builds on the first two Improving Reality conferences. Last year’s event featured Warren Ellis, Luke Jerram, Anab Jain, Leila Johnstone, Usman Haque and more. You can watch those talks here. The 2011 conference included Alice Taylor, Adrian Hon, Matt Locke, Julian Oliver, Blast Theory and many others, whose talks are here. The conference title is inspired by artist, Julian Oliver, who opened the first Improving Reality conference in 2011. 

Date: Thursday 5 September 2013
Conference Times: 10:00 - 18:30
Venue: Studio Theatre, 29 New Road, Brighton BN1 1UG

Improving Reality 2013 is part of Brighton Digital Festival 2013. It is run by members of Brighton’s arts and digital communities, administered by Wired Sussex in association with Lighthouse and supported by Arts Council England. With thanks to Brighton Festival and Dome.

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Studio Theatre
29 New Road
BN1 1UG Brighton And Hove
United Kingdom

Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM (BST)

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Lighthouse is a Brighton-based arts charity, providing an accessible programme of talks, exhibitions, commissions, professional development and education initiatives. We specialise in connecting new developments in art, technology, science and society. 

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