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PHOENIX BRIGHTON Participation and Events Hub

Assembly by Anthony Luvera

4 - 26 October
Weds - Sun
11am - 5pm
Phoenix Brighton
10 - 14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB

(image: Assembly, Anthony Luvera, 2013- 2014)

Phoenix Brighton hosts a number of exhibitions and events that express our commitment to curating participation and actively engaging audiences.

Assembly by Anthony Luvera is accompanied by exhibitions from Format Video and Photography Network and Wideyed Photography Collective; an exhibition by young people for Black History Month; a new interactive digital project by Rachel Gillies; and a range of events including a Photo Publishers' Market, and a project by Legacy Film. Full details of events are posted here.

Assembly by Anthony Luvera is an exhibition of work created over a twelve-month period by the artist and people who have experienced homelessness living in Brighton. Assembly consists of a new series of Assisted Self-Portraits; photographs created by participants; sound recordings; an installation about homelessness support services across the UK; and documentation of the artistʼs working practice.

As part of Assembly, Luvera invited individuals associated with the First Base Day Centre and the Phase One Project to use single-use cameras to create photographs of the things that interest them and to use digital sound recorders to capture their experiences. Anthony Luvera met the group regularly to discuss their images and sounds and to record conversations. Participants were also invited to learn how to use digital medium format camera equipment, over repeated sessions, in order to work on the production of a self-portrait for the artist's ongoing series Assisted Self-Portraits.

This new body of work, also features a collaboration with The Cascade Chorus, a choir of people in recovery that rehearses in St Stephen's Hall. This Regency period hall was formerly located near the Pavilion Gardens and was one of the most popular assembly rooms of eighteenth century England before being moved brick by brick to Montpelier Place, where it is now the home of the First Base Day Centre.

Alongside the sound recordings and photographs Assembly incorporates a collaboration between the artist and a participant, Gerald Mclarverty. This new work, titled Frequently Asked Questions, invites the audience to contemplate responses to questions about services and provisions for homeless people from council representatives of forty cities and towns across the UK.

EVENT
A free panel discussion in response to Assembly will take place on Sat 11 Oct at 14:00 at Phoenix Brighton. Professionals brought together from a range of backgrounds will discuss issues involved in the creation of work by artists using strategies of dialogue, participation and collaboration in the context of community groups. Chaired by Janice McLaren, The Photographers' Gallery, speakers include Jeffrey Hubbard, photographer and tutor at Crisis Skylight and Simon Hughes, Operational Manager, First Base, Brighton Housing Trust. Book your place here: Eventbrite

Since 2002 Anthony Luvera has worked on a series of long-term photographic projects with people who have experienced homelessness in cities and towns across the United Kingdom. Through these projects, and the social relationships upon which they are based, he is interested in exploring the tension between authorship (or artistic control) and participation, and the ethics involved in representing other people's lives. Find out more at luvera.com.

Commissioned by Brighton Photo Fringe in partnership with the Brighton Housing Trust First Base Day Centre, the Phase One Project and Cascade Creative Recovery.

Sponsored by Colourstream, Photocrowd, Brighton and Brighton Photo Fringe print partner Metro Imaging. Funded by Brighton Photo Fringe and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

A Taste of Something Mine

4 - 26 October
Weds - Sun
11am - 5pm

(image: Falling Away From Everyone, Osho Field)

We also present A Taste of Something Mine, an exhibition in connection with Black History Month created by young photographers following a number of workshops led by BPF trustee Helen Cammock and Natalie Jeffers from Matters of The Earth. Participants have made work inspired by Irene Mensah, the much-respected local artist and facilitator who sadly passed away last year.

The project was delivered in partnership with Brighton Black History Month and was supported by PhotoVoice, Matters of the Earth and the University of Sussex. The project will coincide with Black History Month 2014 .

Re:Mapping the Flaneur

Wideyed/UK
4 - 26 October
Weds - Sun
11am - 5pm

Re:Mapping the Flâneur is a development of Mapping the Flâneur, an artwork originally created during Collectives Encounter at FORMAT 2011. Inspired by Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project and the advent of cloud printing, it is the result of a collaboration between 97 photographers from 20 collectives based in 15 countries, and was designed to provide an overview of the global collective movement, of contemporary photographic practices, and the complexity of urban life worldwide.

Format Archive 2007-2014

Format Video & Photography Network
4 - 26 October
Weds - Sun
11am - 5pm

From 2007--2014 Format has been a space to test new ideas and participate in discussions relating to our collective interests and concerns around contemporary lens-based practice. Here we present a showreel of members work, publications as well as an archive of our various activities.

Event:
25 Oct
Sat 3pm - 5pm
Format Video and Photography Network hosts a discussion event asking questions about the nature and function of artists' collectives in relation to still or moving image work. We will present a critical and discursive take on the philosophical or ideological positions that are central to this kind of collaboration. This event is open to the public as well as to the exhibiting collectives.

The Realm of Lost Virtualities

Rachel K. Gillies
4 - 26 October
Weds - Sun
11am - 5pm
lostvirtualities.net is an online gallery that aims to give all the missing, potential photo-graphs a life they would never otherwise have, because we delete them in-camera and lose them forever. You are invited to upload all those images you never plan to use elsewhere by tagging them #lostvirtualities on Twitter or uploading them online. For #BPF14 all the once rejected shots will be printed for visitors to come and view in an evolving exhibition.

lostvirtualities.net