FACT - Foundation for Art and Creative Technology

FACT - Foundation for Art and Creative Technology
FACT
88 Wood Street
Liverpool
Merseyside
L1 4DQ
England

Website

FACT Website

www.fact.co.uk

E-mail

Information

info@fact.co.uk

Telephone

FACT Switchboard

0151 707 4444

Fax

Fax

0151 707 4445

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FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) has been leading the UK video, film and new media arts scene for 20 years with groundbreaking exhibitions, education and research projects. The organisation aims to pioneer new forms of artistic and social interaction with individuals and communities.

During its history, FACT has commissioned and presented over 250 digital media works with artists including Pipilotti Rist, Bill Viola, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Vito Acconci and Isaac Julien.

FACT is a member of LARC (Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium), a partnership of eight of the leading cultural organisations in Liverpool set up to help ensure that the cultural sector plays a significant role in the regeneration of the Liverpool City Region. The organisation is based in the heart of the RopeWalks area of the city and is central to the regeneration of the area.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Centre opening times: Mon to Sat: 10.00am - 9.00pm
Sun: 11.00am - 9.00pm
Gallery opening times: Tues - Sun: 11.00am - 6.00pm
Mon: Closed

Admission charges

Free admission to Centre, Galleries and Media Lounge.

Getting there

FACT is based in the RopeWalks area of Liverpool city centre within walking distance of the main rail and bus stations. 


Our address is:

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)
88 Wood Street
Liverpool
L1 4DQ

BY TRAIN
The nearest rail station is Liverpool Central (3 mins walk). Liverpool Lime Street is a 12 mins walk away.

Collection details

Design, Film and Media, Science and Technology

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Audible Generosity

  • 17 September 2012 — 31 December 2017 *on now

FACT is a charity and depends on funding bodies and donations to keep our galleries free and to continue to bring people, art and technology together. In summer 2012, we began thinking about a way to make it easier - and more fun - for our visitors to help support us while they are in the FACT building. Being the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, we were never going to be satisfied with a traditional donations box, so we teamed up with architects FVMA and design consultancy Smiling Wolf to create something extra special.

Audible Generosity is inspired by games found at traditional amusement arcades like Penny Falls, but there is more to this game than meets the eye - and the ear.

The 4-metre long bespoke box has been fitted with 12 piezo microphones that pick up vibrations made when coins touch the wooden surface. These sounds are then fed through a mixing desk installed inside the box and heard through directional speakers located close by.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.fact.co.uk/projects/audible-generosity.aspx?selection=Exhibition&when=today

Connecting Cities

  • 1 January 2013 — 31 December 2015 *on now

A three year project, funded by the European Union’ Cultural Programme, Connecting Cities is a worldwide expanding network aiming to build a connected infrastructure of media facades, urban screens and projection sites to circulate artistic and social content.

Each year is themed around a different vision (networked city, participatory city and visible city), producing an average of twelve cultural projects to connect the various locations and their citizens.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.fact.co.uk/projects/connecting-cities.aspx?selection=Exhibition&when=today

Human Futures

  • 1 January 2014 — 31 December 2015 *on now

Which community do you engage with the most ­ your neighbourhood or your Facebook network? Due to new technologies, we need to revise our view of the world and our position within it.

Human Futures is a project centred around a series of artist residency exchanges between cultural partners in Europe and Canada, that offers a glimpse of what the future community might look like. The artists engage with local communities and concerns, and invite citizens to participate in shared encounters. The aim is to open up new, international platforms for dialogue and explore the future of sharing within the Cognitive Space, Digital Space, Living Space and Urban Space.

With FACT tackling the theme of Cognitive Space, Liverpool will host Canadian artist Darsha Hewitt in collaboration with Liverpool ­based artist Sam Meech.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.fact.co.uk/projects/human-futures.aspx?selection=Exhibition&when=today

Networked Narrative

  • 1 May 2014 — 30 November 2016 *on now

Young people from across Burnley, Hull and Wigan are at the heart of this project. Over the duration of the project they will work closely with artists and a wide range of professionals to actively have a say and influence over the decisions involving three digital art commissions for both online and public spaces, which will involve their local library. The commissioned artworks will then tour to libraries across the North of England.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.fact.co.uk/projects/networked-narrative.aspx?selection=Exhibition&when=today

EMARE: Lauren Moffatt

  • 1 November — 19 December 2014 *on now

Every year, FACT hosts an artist in residence as part of the European Media Artist Residency Exchange (EMARE) Programme. This programme aims to unite artists across the continent and partner countries, with arts institutions of various levels, whilst developing new, publicly engaging work.

These new commissions are then presented across Europe and in other international locations with a wide range of partners, from festivals and universities to other arts institutions.

For 2014's residency, artist and filmmaker Lauren Moffatt is at FACT for seven-weeks (1 November - 19 December). Lauren's recent work has been concerned with ideas of seeing, perception and understanding as well as exploring different techniques of using both archaic and very modern methods of filmmaking and programming to create something unexpected in appearance.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.fact.co.uk/projects/emare-lauren-moffatt.aspx?selection=Exhibition&when=today

Type Motion

Type Motion

  • 13 November 2014 — 8 February 2015 *on now

This November, FACT is pleased to present the UK premiere of Type Motion, an exhibition featuring over 200 outstanding examples of text and typography being used alongside the moving image. The exhibition celebrates the creative possibilities of opening up uses of text far beyond print, and seeks to showcase not only the importance of writing, but how bringing it to life with movement is an artform in itself.
Co-produced with ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Germany), the exhibition has been reimagined for FACT and features an archive of clips from over twenty countries, dating as early as 1897 and running right up to the present day. Charting the history of the moving image through the birth of cinema to television advertising and the creation of the music video through to the digital age, Type Motion is an exploration through our relationship with writing and moving images, alongside major cultural shifts. Referencing movements such as expressionism, impressionism, dadaism and fluxus, many of the films and videos also explore underground and experimental changes in the art world.

Well-known examples include: title sequences from Psycho, Gone with the Wind, Se7en, Alien and Star Wars and music videos including Muse,Kanye West and Justice.

The exhibition will also focus on artworks by Marcel Duchamp, Eduardo Kac, John Baldessari and Paul Sharits among others, extracts from silent movies, adverts for brands such as Audi and Maxell and works of the computer demo-scene, computer games, and websites will be presented.

In a deliberate contrast to traditional archive displays, Type Motion will be an immersive sensory experience. Gallery 1 will be constructed as a mirrored ‘infinity space’, surrounding the visitor with moving image. Gallery 2 will feature custom-built software and touch screen interfaces so that visitors can literally get hands-on with the archive and curate their own playlists of clips for other gallery users to see.

To complement the main exhibition, FACT will also launch a Development Lab in the atrium where the public will be invited to experience some of the techniques, technologies and inspiration behind Type Motion. Workshops, events and drop-in activities hosted by artists and experts will explore projection mapping, virtual reality, coding, data interaction and design. The space will also house FACT’s “Tweeting Typewriter”, 3D Printers and a new app from artist Suse Miessner which can be used to build your own ‘Liverpool Alphabet’. Australian artist Lauren Moffatt will be in residence for seven weeks to develop an ambitious new artwork for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of workshops, events, talks and screenings exploring the relationship between writing and moving image, typography and the future of type in an age of creative technology.
For more information, please visit our website.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.fact.co.uk/projects/type-motion.aspx

Ellie Harrison - Early Warning Signs

  • 14 November — 31 December 2014 *on now

Initiated at Two Degrees festival by British artist and activist Ellie Harrison in 2011, this artwork consists of four ‘climate change’ signs -designed to mimic those you might find outside a garage or a Bureau de Change- and originally took up residence along Commercial Street in London.

On a mission to ‘promote’ the issue of climate change, Harrison utilises the same brash, attention-grabbing marketing technique as many high-street vendors and in doing so, comments on the connection between climate change, consumption, and capitalism.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.fact.co.uk/projects/ellie-harrison-early-warning-signs.aspx?selection=Exhibition&when=today

Group Therapy: Mental distress in a digital age

  • 5 March — 17 May 2015

Originating from FACT’s extensive work within mental health and wellbeing, the exhibition explores the complex relationship between technology, society, and mental health.

Works by artists, designers and researchers including new commissions from The Vacuum Cleaner, Katriona Beales, Kate Owens & Neeta Madahar and Quintan Ana Wikswo as well as restaged work from Ubermorgen will encourage visitors to rethink their understanding of mental health and wellbeing, by asking how far our personal wellbeing is related to the values of the society we live in and the impact of new technologies.

Part of the exhibition is also an interactive archive showing 20 years of FACT projects for participants with mental health issues, in which artists have been working closely with the community in creative projects as well as created digital tools that support mental health. These projects have been organised in collaboration with various mental health organisations, including Mersey Care NHS Trust.

Website

http://www.fact.co.uk/whats-on.aspx?selection=Exhibition

Getting there

FACT is based in the RopeWalks area of Liverpool city centre within walking distance of the main rail and bus stations. 


Our address is:

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)
88 Wood Street
Liverpool
L1 4DQ

BY TRAIN
The nearest rail station is Liverpool Central (3 mins walk). Liverpool Lime Street is a 12 mins walk away.

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