Michael Lightborne is an artist based in Birmingham and Cork. He works with video, sound and print, and has exhibited around the UK and internationally, in exhibitions and film festivals. His work engages with questions of landscape, popular culture, memory, and technology. He is currently exploring the viability of ‘psychetecture’, a concept used in the 1980s comic Mister X to describe the psychological effects of architecture and urban forms.
His sound work has been featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Late Junction‘, NTS Radio, Resonance FM, WFMU, Framework Radio, ‘Interiorities‘ on RTM.FM, Bepi Crespan Presents on CITR, Institute of Spectrasonic Sound on KEPR.
Michael’s work has been shown at:
Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lisbon
Arte Non Stop Festival, Buenos Aires
Art Festival at Hay
Art Night Venezia, Venice
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
Birmingham Open Media (BOM)
Bucharest Short Film Festival
Cinecity 2015, Melbourne
Cinematique! Film Festival, BFI Imax, London
City Arcadia, Coventry
Cork Film Festival
Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art
Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham
Glasgow Film Festival
Herbert Gallery and Museum, Coventry
Luxury Goods Festival, London
North Portland Unknown Film Festival
Parachute Light Zero III International Short Film Festival, Paris
Sluice Art Fair, London
Square Gallery, Bristol
Trade Gallery, Nottingham
Vivid Projects, Birmingham
Selected exhibitions and screenings:
Salt video piece commissioned by Vivid Projects/Culture Central for #ItGetsLightFromHere online event, December 21.
Fields of Stirchley anarchaeological sounding workshop as part of Ten Acres of Sound festival, September.
Ring Road Ring album released on vinyl and digital by Gruenrekorder. Available from Gruenrekorder here, Bandcamp here, and from Juno in the UK here.
Sensing the City: an Urban Room group show at Herbert Gallery and Museum, Coventry, January 13-18
Shapeshifter exhibited at THESSALONIKI QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL, MOMus Experimental Center for the Arts, Thessaloniki, Greece, June 7 – 23
Fields of Stirchley anarchaeological sounding workshop commissioned by Hipkiss & Graney/Dead Shrines, June 30.
For a Road Can Be a Thing of Beauty screening at City, Essay, Film event at UCL Urban Laboratory/UCL Festival of Ideas, London, June 7.
Music video for Vex (runes) by Astral & Shit, commissioned by Share Ideas, Dec 2018
Sounds of the Projection Box: Liner Notes on a Phonographic Method talk and workshop as part of Mediafest, Vivid Projects, October 20
Digital Light Processing live audiovisual performance as part of Mediafest, Vivid Projects, October 20.
Digital Light Processing installation as part of Mediafest, Vivid Projects, October.
Sounds of the Projection Box album released on vinyl and digital by Gruenrekorder. Available from Gruenrekorder here, Bandcamp here, and from Juno in the UK here.
The Future is a Waste of Time selected for Bucharest Short Film Festival, December 2 – 6
Shapeshifter shown at Deep Thrash in the Underworld, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London, October 2017
The Future is a Waste of Time print series is part of The Future group show at CET Building, Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, October 2016
Distressed Tape selected for North Portland Unknown Film Festival, October
Monolith at Black Hole Club exhibit, Sluice Biennial, London, September 30 – October 3
Shapeshifter shown at Re:Jacqueline Morreau – Mythologies and the Marginalised exhibition at Nunnery Gallery, London, September 2017
The Future is a Waste of Time selected for Cork Film Festival, Nov 2016.
The Future is a Waste of Time selected for Arte Non Stop Festival Buenos Aires, Sept 2016.
The Disrupted/Disruptive Pattern AV performance with Ryan Hughes at Leamington Camouflage Festival 2016, Sept 2016.
Video design for punkplay at Southwark Playhouse, Sept. 2016
Abandonware Jungle, single screen generative video, part of #ArtistsCompute group exhibition at City Arcadia, Coventry, Sept 2016.
Porous City installation at Aesthetics of Poverty, University of Warwick June 2016.
Obscura Island performance, commissioned by Birmingham Camera Obscura, centre of Birmingham city, June 2016.
Lost Cities headline live AV performance at Test Card, Texture, Manchester, June 2016.
The Future is a Waste of Time selected for Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham, April 2016.
Realness (bifurcation) selected for Parachute Light Zero III International Short Film Festival, Paris, April 2016.
Real Slow (Realness Iteration 2) video installation at Digbeth First Friday, Vivid Projects, Birmingham, March 2016.
Sound design for Diabolical Roses, immersive dining experience produced by Kaye Winwood and Sarah Baker-Groves, Birmingham, February 2016.
The Future is a Waste of Time 2: Melancholy of the Nibbler live AV performance at AV Silk Road, Birmingham, February 2016.
Realness live AV and performance installation in collaboration with Kate Spence, at Sluice Art Fair, OXO Bargehouse, London, October 2015.
Choreography for Camera and Missing Sculpture installation as part of JHB Archive 23/1961 or 28/1961 group exhibition, BOM Lab, Birimingham, September – October 2015.
The Future is a Waste of Time selected for Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, October 2015.
Realness live AV and performance installation in collaboration with Kate Spence. Part of Queer Traces at mac Birmingham and Vivid Projects, May 2015.
Highway selected for Cinecity 2015, Melbourne, Australia, May 2015.
In Order to Prevent the Discovery that I do not Exist (installation version) at Black Hole Club Social, Vivid Projects, Birmingham, April 2015.
Porous City installation at University of Lincoln, February 2015.
The Future is a Waste of Time live AV performance, Digbeth First Friday, Vivid Projects, Birmingham, December 2014.
Slow Scan live AV performance as part of Sonification, Digbeth First Friday, Vivid Projects, Birmingham, September 2014.
Distressed Tape selected for ESP Film Open. Screened August 2014, Eastside Projects, Birmingham.
Forest Light installation, part of Between Two Worlds group exhibition at Vivid Projects, Birmingham, August 2014.
Lost Rock Bands of South America exhibition of collaborative work with Santiago Oyarzabal at Vivid Projects, July 2014.
Lost Cities audiovisual performance as part of Tropicalism at The Tin, Coventry, July 2014.
33 video tapes, erased and rewound exhibited at Black Hole Social Club, May 2014.
Zero live AV performance with John Bradburn and Ashok Mistry, Black Hole Social Club, May 2014.
Riachuelo Crossing video installation presented as part of Superclubber Special, Flatpack Film Festival 2014.
Lost Cities audiovisual performance at 7 Days of Sound festival, Althorpe Street Studios and Gallery, Royal Leamington Spa, Dec 2013.
ALAN SUICIDE video installation, part of BYOB Birmingham 2013, at Vivid Projects, Birmingham, Nov 2013.
A Chronic Mist video installation, part of Light Capture group exhibition at Stryx, Birmingham, Oct-Nov 2013.
Cornerpiece video installation at ESP Summer Camp, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, August 2013
Sound design for the experimental film For Shadows (dir. Ken Paul Rosenthal, 2013)
Sound design for Late in the Day, theatrical production at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, Islington, June 2013. Directed by Tom Hughes, written by Sharon Kanolik, produced by The Reckless Moment.
Selected photography and projection installation The Purple Spot, Venice, April 2012, part of group exhibition Retina 1 at Althorpe Street Studios and Gallery, Royal Leamington Spa, May 2013.
What Did The Duck Say To The Pig? 3 min. video short, shown as part of Dirty New Mediaat the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, March 2013
The End of the Journey room installation involving projection, video screen and broken hurdy-gurdy, part of Five Songs group exhibition at Minerva Works, Birmingham, December 2012
VHS Raven video installation at ESP Summer Camp, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, Aug 2012
Interval (after Intervals) solo exhibition at Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice.
Cinema is Rubbish single channel version screened as part of A Short Sharp Blow to the Head.., at Trade Gallery, Nottingham, June 2012
Cinema is Rubbish single channel version at Cinematique! Film Festival, BFI Imax, London. Invited speaker at event.
Lugosi video installation at BYOB Birmingham, Flatpack Film Festival 2012.
Cinema is Rubbish single channel version shown as part of This is the Point program at the Flatpack Film Festival 2012, Birmingham.
Paramnesia Variations video short shown as part of Kaleidoscope: New Perspectives on the Humanities at the University of Warwick, May 2011.
A Walk on the Deck is Indicated two channel video installation at the University of Warwick Library, June 2011.
Cinema is Rubbish video installation/performance at The Courtyard Theatre, London, April 2011.
Elevator at Square Gallery, Bristol (Oct 2010 – Jan 2011)
Elevator at the Art Festival at Hay 2010.
Elevator video installation shortlisted for the Open Prize 2010. Exhibited at the Nicholls and Clarke Warehouse, London (July 2010).