Brighton’s House festival returns

Wallpapered roads, immersive installations, and political statements written in carpet: the streets of Brighton are about to become a lot brighter as visual arts festival House returns.

David Batchelor, Angular 1
David Batchelor, Angular 1

Now in its third year, Open Houses festival’s little sister will run from May 5-27. 

House 2012’s star act is the colourful work of David Batchelor. He uses reflective materials like LED lights and steel shelves to explore how we see light in the modern age.

David Batchelor, Angular 1
David Batchelor, Angular 1

Joining his work will be commissions exploring similar urban themes.

Tim Brown and Anna Deamer will allow visitors to walk into the novel Hangover Square by creating installations of the hotel room and crime scene from the book.

Deb Bowness’ photo papertrail, lining the streets of the city, will explore domestic displacement and Caroline Le Breton’s carpet templates will reveal political messages after killing off areas of Brighton green.

David Batchelor,  Idiot Stick

Their works will be joined by Robin Blackledge’s concrete totems moulded from product packaging and a four-minute stop frame animation created using 1680 images of Helene Kazan’s Beirut kitchen during a conflict in 1989.

The works will be exhibited all over the city. Locations range from art galleries and the university to the streets and parks. The festival has been guest curated by Celia Davies, head of programme at Photoworks.

David Batchelor, Pre Pillard
David Batchelor, Pre Pillard

House 2012 runs from May 5 – 27 in Brighton. Visit http://www.aoh.org.uk/house-festival for more information

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