Improving Reality conference

6th September- Lighthouse- Brighton

Improving Reality 2012 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.

This day of inspiring talks features comic-book star, Warren Ellis and artists, designers and provocateurs, including Luke Jerram, Anab Jain, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Leila Johnston and Rebekka Kill.

Expect presentations of artworks inspired by science, speculative stories, radical designs, unlikely inventions, and a few surprises.

Improving Reality 2012 is followed by an evening panel session featuring some of the most prominent names in speculative fiction, including science-fiction legend, Brian Aldiss.

Speakers at Improving Reality 2012 include:

- Warren Ellis, award-winning author of graphic novels such as Fell, Planetary, Red, Transmetropolitan and the forthcoming prose novel GUN MACHINE.
- Luke Jerram, multidisciplinary artist and inventor
- Anab Jain, designer, founder of Superflux and TED Fellow
- Leila Johnston, creative technologist, writer and inventor
- Régine Debatty, curator, writer and blogger at
- Rebekka Kill , social media theorist, performer, and academic
- Nelly Ben Hayoun, director and designer, currently assembling the world first International Space Orchestra at NASA Ames Research Center, with a libretto by Bruce Sterling. Nelly will join us live from California.
Plus, there’ll be more surprises and guests unveiled soon.

Improving Reality 2012 is curated by Lighthouse for Brighton Digital Festival. Support from Arts Council England allows us to make the conference affordable.

It builds on the first Improving Reality conference held last year, which featured Alice Taylor, Adrian Hon, Matt Locke, Blast Theory and many others. The title is inspired by the project, The Artvertiser by artist Julian Oliver, who opened last year’s conference

Following the conference, designer and curator of this year’s dConstruct conference, Jeremy Keith, is hosting Brighton SF a panel discussion with some of the leading names in speculative fiction and science fiction literature, including:
- Brian Aldiss, renowned science-fiction writer and author of the short story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, which led to the film, A.I.
- Lauren Beukes, writer and author of Zoo City, which won the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke award.

Attendees of Improving Reality 2012 are encouraged to attend this panel, but must reserve their place separately. Combo tickets are available.

Date: Thursday 6 September 2012

Conference Times: 12:00 – 17:30

Brighton SF Panel Times: 18:00 – 19:30

Tickets: Advanced booking, £15/£10


Venue: Pavilion Theatre, 29 New Road, Brighton BN1 1UG

Brighton Digital Festival is a celebration of digital culture. It is run
by members of Brighton’s digital and arts communities, administered by
Wired Sussex in association with Lighthouse.