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The Long Progress Bar – A Festival Of Radical Imagination| 08/09/16

Published On August 26, 2016 | By We Love Brighton | Music & Nightlife Reviews & Previews

8 September 2016
Brighton Dome Studio
12.45pm – 11pm
Talks/Screenings/Music £60, £40 concession


A one-day festival of talks, screenings and music performances  presented by Lighthouse – an art and culture agency in Brighton that connects new developments in arts and technology.

The Long Progress Bar celebrates radical imagination and explores new methods of empowerment, collective action and technological progress. This year the festival zooms in on the platforms, interfaces and resolutions needed to build a better future and asks a new generation of thought-provoking artists, activists and academics: what is progress?

Hosted by Warren Ellis, award-winning graphic novelist and author of the NYT best-selling novel, Gun Machine. His graphic novels have been picked up for film and TV with Global Frequency being developed for television by Jerry Bruckheimer and Red being adapted into the film starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren.

See below for a flavour of what to expect:

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Talks – 1.30pm-6pm

Aimee Cliff
An associate editor of The FADER, based in their London office. Previously, she has written for Dazed & Confused, Vice, The Quietus and others. She has interviewed innovative artists and musicians – from celebrated electronic producer Jam City to metamodernist celebrity Shia LaBeouf – and her column Popping Off interrogates pop cultural issues, from the presentation of sexuality in music videos to the decline of the London club scene.

Nina Power
Senior lecturer in philosophy at Roehampton University. As an author, she published OneDimensional Woman, which asks: “Where have all the interesting women gone?”. She writes for numerous publications, including The Guardian, New Humanist and The Philosopher’s Magazine.

Screenings – 1.30pm-6pm

‘AS Chingy’ by Sam Rolfes
Digital artist Sam Rolfes’ video for AS Chingy, by Berlin-based duo Amnesia Scanner, is as abrasive and disorientating as the track. “Rolfes twists a 3D environment to the contours of the music, shot through first-person videogame tropes.” – Killscreen.

‘The suburbs of violence (Kingdom come) and see how they run’ by Gazelle Twin
Taking its title from J. G. Ballard’s final novel, Kingdom Come is a concept performance, devised by UK performance artist, composer and producer Gazelle Twin, in collaboration with filmmakers Chris Turner and Tash Tung.

Music – 7.30pm-11pm

GAIKA (UK) – DJ Set
London-based beatmaker, MC and artist GAIKAreleased his debut mixtape and video Machine in 2015. A recent signing to WARP, the label describe his latest release, 3D, as “Bringing together unflinching lyrics, concussive industrial percussion and apocalyptic dancehall swagger. An affront to the oppressive forces at work in the world and a strong indicator of what’s to come from and incendiary and subversive artist.”

Ital Tek (UK)
Live Brighton-based music producer Ital Tek (aka Alan Myson) released his fifth album Hollowed in March. Moving away from his previous dance music album Nebula Dance, described by NME as “clusters of dizzying breakbeats and swooning, sad house chords”, Myson says, in Hollowed he is returning to his roots, mixing real with synthesised instruments and “focussing on the relationship between space and weight.”

Check out the website for more details and a full programme.

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