Juha Van ‘t Zelfde at the installation of Dread – Fear in the age of technological acceleration, De Hallan Haarlem 2013


Following the appointment of Honor Harger as executive director of the Art Science Museum, Singapore, Lighthouse has a new Artistic Director, Juha Van ‘t Zelfde.


Zelfde is one of Europe’s most innovative curators in digital culture and art and will be working alongside Miriam Randall as co-director of Lighthouse.


Juha commented: “I am incredibly excited to have been given this opportunity. Lighthouse has become one of the top cultural institutions to watch in Europe, presenting critical works by emerging artists, designers and filmmakers, and championing their importance in our technological age. I’m looking forward to working with the talented team at Lighthouse to evolve its vital, innovative and inspirational programmes for the future.”


Van ’t Zelfde is a Dutch-Finnish curator and cultural innovator with an interest in new developments in art, music, technology, economics and the public domain. He has collaborated with leading institutions and festivals worldwide and has led numerous cross-disciplinary programmes that scrutinize contemporary society in a digital age, a theme similarly explored by the work of Lighthouse.


This follows the appointment in August last year of Andrew Sleigh as Creative Producer. Sleigh will help with the development and production of Lighthouse’s programmes of digital culture and art, including a major new interdisciplinary studio to be launched this year.


Andrew said: “The interdisciplinary studio will be a new collaborative project in which artists, makers, designers, technologists and other creatives come together to — in the words of Alan Kay — invent the future. I’ll be spending a lot of time over the next few months talking to people about the project and developing partnerships and potential collaborations, so if you’re interested, please get in touch.”


Before joining Lighthouse, Andrew was head of strategy at digital agency Worth, before leading a number of highly successful projects as a digital strategy consultant. He is a founding director of Brighton Mini Maker Faire, part of Brighton Digital Festival and recently co-founded Hardware Startup, a network for hardware makers and entrepreneurs.