4 OCT // SUNDAY // FÓRUM LISBOA // 3.15pm
The Future is a Waste of Time
2015 // Reino Unido // 18’
A film about a time-travelling film, modernism, utopian desire, digital decay, and the demolition of John Madin’s Birmingham Central Library, an iconic example of brutalist architecture in the UK.
Michael Lightborne’s experimental short mixes abstraction, architecture, fiction and a throbbing soundtrack to investigate the ways we think about the future and the past. First shown as a five-screen live audio-visual mix at Vivid Projects, Birmingham, this single screen version receives its world premiere at Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisbon.
Michael Lightborne is an artist based in the UK and Ireland. His work addresses the capacity for
filmmaking to investigate and critique landscape and architecture, and the potential for video projection to alter and interact with the space around it. He’s interested in cities, landscape, popular culture, memory, and technology. He works primarily with moving images, sound and print, and has exhibited around the UK and internationally. For more info on past and current work visit