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The Informals II

Brighton Festival 2021
Part of Re-Imagine Europe

22 May - 13 June 2021

Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, BN1 4AJ

THE INFORMALS II by Polina Medvedeva, Andreas Kühne & Brighton's young artists

The Informals II is an improvised documentary experience: a two-part event consisting of a gallery exhibition and a one-off live performance by artists Polina Medvedeva and Andreas Kühne, in collaboration with emerging talent from Brighton's music subcultures.

The project came out of Re-Imagined Residency that Polina Medvedeva and Andreas Kühne completed at Lighthouse in 2019, part of Re-Imagine Europe.

The Informals II: Exhibition

Art Show at Lighthouse, Brighton

About the exhibition

Dates: 22 May - 13 June 2021
Wed-Sun, 11 AM - 6 PM
free, booking is essential

Inspired by the artists' interest in improvisation, non-conformity and ways of living in the digital age, The Informals II explores the lives and stories of Brighton's youths. In a time when the political climate is not representative of them, they use their music culture to challenge stigmas and stereotypes and to reclaim public spaces. The installation will bring together audiovisual documentary footage collected by the artists in Brighton. Moving images, text, and dialogue interlace, calling upon the audience to interact with, and create new narratives and meanings.

The Informals II: Performance

A one-off live multimedia show and music performances

About the performance

Date: TBA

Location: TBA

Tickets: free, TBA

For one night, Polina and Andreas will collaborate with local artists Phonetic, Bobbie Johnson, Ollie Hutchinson and Marshall Mandiangu to deliver a live-scored, live-edited documentary, showcasing Brighton's extraordinary, creative, engaged, visionary youth culture.

Addressing the idea of single narrative truth, the improvised performance will sketch an inclusive and collective portrait of a generation of digital narratives.


Booking slots & Covid safety

Slots to view the exhibition are 30 minutes, limited to 4 people, and with 10 minutes cleaning in between screenings. You will be required to wear a face-covering and observe social distancing of two metres. The Lighthouse building meets all Covid Secure requirements, an external Health & Safety advisor has assessed all procedures.

Age restrictions

Parental Guidance - explicit language and triggering content may be used in this exhibition.

Access information

  • The Lighthouse building is wheelchair accessible.
  • The exhibition is located in the Digital Lounge at Lighthouse.
  • The Digital Lounge is located on the Lower Ground Floor and is accessed via stairs or a lift.
  • There is a maximum of two wheelchairs allowed in the Digital Lounge at any given time.
  • The lift holds a maximum weight of 300kg.
  • Please email info@lighthouse.org.uk with any questions, we are committed to ensuring you have the best possible time during your visit.
  • More information on accessibility in the Lighthouse venue is here: https://lighthouse.org.uk/concessions-accessibility.

About the artists

Andreas Kühne
Andreas Kühne (1988, the Netherlands) is an improviser, sound artist, and drummer. His art practice involves creating audiovisual works and field improvisations by revealing the musical qualities of on-site inert objects with live electronic setups for real-time generation and manipulation.

He is a Master of Music graduate from the ArtEZ University of Arts, and the founder and curator of the interdisciplinary concert series RAMSES/ MPRO in Amsterdam.

Recent performances include; A4 cultural space, Bratislava; Lofoten International Art Festival, Solvaer; Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam; Inversia Festival, Murmansk; Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam; Overkill Festival, Enschede; State of Fashion Exhibition, Arnhem; Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam.

Polina Medvedeva

Polina Medvedeva is a Russian-Dutch (documentary) filmmaker and artist based in Amsterdam. Her work researches the notion of informality, focusing on informal economies and non-conformist communal structures, their principles influencing the aesthetics of her videos.

Medvedeva’s works have been exhibited at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem; Rotterdam City Theatre; Art Brussels; Centre of Fine Arts Groningen; De Nieuwe Vide gallery, Haarlem and screened during IDFA Docs for Sale and on VPRO among others.


Phonetic is an artist who is already synonymous with Brighton’s thriving hip hop scene, thanks to her skills on the mic, combined with her unwavering creative drive. That drive and talent go way beyond her 21 years and they are good signifiers as to why she has already earned support slots for a number of notable artists and acts, including Rag’N’Bone Man, Children of Zeus, Skinnyman, LEVELZ, Dr Syntax and Amy True.

Phonetic continues to build her career with more live shows and collaborations, as well as her very first solo project – The Dictionary of Proverbs LP – which promises to launch into the UK scene and beyond.

M Kudo

Hailing from West-London, 22 year old Marshall Mandiangu (aka M Kudo) is a singer-songwriter, dancer, music producer and energetic live performer. Inspired by legends such as Michael Jackson & James Brown; M Kudo effortlessly meanders through an eclectic blend of R&B/soul, pop, rock, hip hop, world, gospel and funk. Never afraid of getting personal, M Kudo will sing about everything from the universe, break-ups, and of course, letting his hair down and having a dance.

Following the success of his former rap career under his former alias “CM17 Sho Sho” and graduating from BIMM Brighton, he hooked up with Gi3MO of Rum Committee after the pair met at AudioActive, and this marked the beginning of an extremely prolific studio-run. At the end of the decade; M Kudo was presented with the “Simon D’Souza Music Award” by AudioActive, an accolade achieved for his enthusiasm and energy towards music.

Bobbie Johnson

Bobbie Johnson is a Rapper/Producer coming out of the sunny seaside city Brighton (UK). Conscious thought and social commentary showcased on her latest EPs ‘You & I’and ‘The Defier EP’. Over the past few years, she has been supporting the likes of Rag N Bone Man, Roots Manuva, The Pharcyde + many many more and played festival stages around the UK and Europe; she has gained the nickname of the ‘Rapping Adele’, increasing her fan base with every show she commands, promoting the new age voice of hip hop.


The Informals II is a new commission by Lighthouse and Brighton Festival, with support from Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL. The Informals was originally commissioned by Sonic Acts and Inverse Festival, Murmansk. Thanks to AudioActive for introductions and supporting the artists to align this project with the talent across the city.


Bobbie Johnson, Sade Bisram (Phonetic), Marshall Mandiangu, Ollie Hutch, Kema Daley (Kemastry), Megan Fright, Sam Maryon (Hatter), Tafadzwa Mupfunde (Taff), Olivia Melkonian, Riley Davies (ArrDee), Harley Offei Godfrey (Vitamin G), Tim Abrahams, James Donaghy, Hazel Faye Davis, Eva Lewis, Sam McDuffie, Thomas Jules, Ryan Redican, Mask General, 1Time Productions, SixFoor, 44Rickz, SJ, SD, Riddlez, Betz, Warnz, Laurens Ludgrove at Basement Flat.

Special Thanks

Matt Adams at Blast Theory, Matt Weston at Spacemakers, Bobby Brown, Adam Joolia, Tom Hines, Gary Mercer, Cate Ferris at Audioactive, Bottega Rooms, Hangleton and Knoll centre, Lucy Cohen, Maya Maffioli, Elijah, Gaika, Juha van ’t Zelfde, Polly Barker and Hannah Gardner.