May Progress Bar: Joseph Popper & Nina Power
Thursday, 7 May 2015 from 18:30 to 21:00 (BST)
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London, United Kingdom
MAY PROGRESS BAR
Lighthouse presents Progress Bar, a monthly night that offers insight into the creative practice of contemporary culture's most exciting names. From vanguard filmmakers and musicians to trending artists and activists, Progress Bar is an ear-to-the-ground evening of new art, new music and, hopefully, new friends.
For the third edition of Progress Bar, we'll be joined by artist and filmmaker Jospeh Popper (whose installation The Same Face is co-commissioned by HOUSE 2015 and Lighthouse, and is being exhibited throughout May as part of HOUSE festival), and by writer, lecturer and all-round philosophy expert, Dr Nina Power.
The evening will be hosted by Lighthouse artistic director Juha van ’t Zelfde. Each Progress Bar presents an up-and-coming DJ/producer from Brighton for musical support. This month is the turn of self-proclaimed "wonky R&B" artist, Meljoann.
Dr Nina Power
Dr Nina Power is currently a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University (with The History of European Philosophy; Atomism; Marxism; Samuel Beckett; Equality; Universality and the Generic stated as just a few of her research interests).
As an author, she has published One-Dimensional Woman, which asks the central question: "Where have all the interesting woman gone?" and discusses pornography, the feminisation of labour, and even Sarah Palin, or how not to be a feminist.
She writes for numerous publications, including The Guardian, New Statesman, New Humanist, and Radical Philosophy, and is the news editor for The Philosopher's Magazine.
And in her spare time...she is a keen photographer (with her photos being published in culture magazines, frieze and Icon) and co-runs the film club, Kino Fist!
Jospeh Popper takes inspiration from the world of special effects to transform found locations and everyday objects into cinematic experiences that examine space travel and other forms of human exploration through film, design, and architecture. His installation for House 2015, The Same Face, will be a recreation of a drone command centre, reimagining the 1984 IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton as if viewed from a drone, reflecting on the new reality of terrorism at home.
Also screening will be the powerful short film, Liquid Traces, which offers a synthetic reconstruction of the events concerning what is known as the "left-to-die" case, in which 72 passengers on board a small rubber boat, who left the Lybian coast heading for the island of Lampedusa, were left to drift for 14 days in NATO's maritime surveillance area – despite several distress signals relaying thier location, as well as repeated interactions, including at least one military helicopter visit and an encounter with a military ship. As a result, only nine people survived.
'How do you reconstruct from violation when the weapon is the water itself? What are the conditions that turn the sea into a deadly liquid?' – from Liquid Traces.
Directed by Lorenzo Pezzani and Charles Heller as part of Forensic Oceanography, a report undertaken by Goldsmiths, University of London on the 'left-to-die boat'.
PREVIOUS PROGRESS BAR EVENTS
Find out what went on at our Progress Bar events in March (guests: artist and musician, TCF, and writer, editor and film curator, Basia Lewandowska Cumming) and April (guests: artist and musician, Gazelle Twin and influential grime DJ, producer and writer, Elijah).
Progress Bar Mix Series
Each month, we ask a Brighton-based producer/DJ to create a special mix. You can listen to them on our SoundCloud.
Progress Bar March & April were sell-out events, so book early to ensure you get a ticket.
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