Lighthouse Improving Reality Conference – Brighton, This Friday


Date: Friday 23 September 2011
Times: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Pavilion Theatre, 29 New Road, Brighton BN1 1UG
Tickets: £50 / £25 (concs)

Improving Reality explores how artists and designers work with digital technologies to radically re-engineer the world we exist within. During an inspiring day of talks, the current generation of makers will show us how they are not only attempting to augment reality, but are going a step further, and actually trying to improve reality.

Speakers include artists, Julian OliverMatt Adams (Blast Theory), Time’s Up and Agency of Coney, thinkers and opinion-formers such as Jose Luis de Vicente andMatt Locke, filmmakers Jamie King and Matt Hanson and designers and makers, Alice Taylor (MakieWorld), Aral Balkan and Adrian Hon (Six to Start).

Conference Schedule

09.30: Registration, tea & coffee

10.30: Welcome

10.45: Session 1 – Reality Hacking
How are artists and designers shifting perceptions of place and time, by overlaying increasingly complex and imaginative sedimentary layers onto our lived environment, through the use of augmented reality, 3D printing and other technologies?
Julian Oliver
Aral Balkan
Jose Luis de Vicente
Panel and Q & A. Moderator: Honor Harger – director, Lighthouse

12.30: Lunch break

13:45: Session 2 – Beyond Cinema
How are filmmakers and artists shifting our ideas about what cinema can be, adding cinematic drama to reality, and reinventing the rules by reinterpreting creative processes and traditional business models?
Matt Hanson
Lizzie Gillett
Matt Adams
Jamie King
Panel and Q & A. Moderator: Paula Le Dieu – Director of Digital at the BFI

15.50: Break / tea & coffee

16.15: Session 3 – Gaming for Good
How are artists and designers using games and play to morph and shift social and cultural reality?
Tassos Stevens
Adrian Hon
Time’s Up
Alice Taylor
Panel and Q & A. Moderator: Matt Locke – founder of Storythings and former Head of Multiplatform Commissioning at Channel 4

18.15: Drinks & Networking