The Long Progress Bar

The Long Progress Bar @ Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, Sep 9

6 September 2016

The Long Progress Bar, a one-day festival of talks, screenings, and musical performances at the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre on September 8.

The so-called ‘Festival of Radical Imagination’ celebrates just that and explores new methods of empowerment, collective action and technological progress. This year the festival pays special attention to the “platforms, interfaces and resolutions needed to build a better future” and ask “a new generation of thought-provoking artists, activists and academics: what is progress?”. Hosted by author Warren Ellis, speakers include journalists Aimee Cliff and Ash Sarkar, artists Melika Ngombe Kolongo and Roger Hiorns, and philosopher Nina Power.

Screenings include ‘AS Chingy’ by Sam Rolfes, ‘Europa, Mon Amour’ by Lawrence Lek, ‘Finding Fanon Part Two’ by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, ‘Rigged’ by Kate Cooper, ‘The Sprawl (Propagadanda About Propaganda)’ by Metahaven, ‘The Suburbs Dream of Violence (Kingdom Come)’ by Gazelle Twin, and ‘Where Land Meets Sea’ by Embassy for the Displaced.

The festival ends with two live performances by Drill Folly and Ital Tek and DJ sets from GAIKA, Kolongo’s Nkisi music production project, and Yon Eta.

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The Long Progress Bar @ BDST + Lighthouse, Sep 3-4

2 September 2015

The Long Progress Bar, a two-day festival combining talks, presentations, workshops and “vanguard performances”, will run at the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre (BDST) on September 3 and at Lighthouse on September 4.

The two-day festival, running as part of the Brighton Digital Festival 2015, builds on Lighthouse’s previous Improving Reality events, bringing together international artists and thinkers to build “new platforms for creating culture, connecting people and improving reality”.

In a time of significant upheaval in the western world, The Long Progress Bar examines not just the role of art but the roles of engineering and direct democracy, aiming to create a “real-time response to real-world issues”. Some of the participating artists and creatives include USA’s Holly Herndon, Mat Dryhurst and Zach Blas, UK’s Warren Ellis, Jam City and Benedict Singleton, and The Netherlands’ Metahaven.

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