Exhibition preview: Turning FACT Inside Out, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool, until September 15 2013
Even for a gallery known to turn itself over to indoor fireworks and dense fog, FACT’s decision to recreate an indoor fracking site – earth tremors, flames, industrial scenery and all – piques curiosity.
HeHe, the Paris-based winners of prestigious art-muso award the Prix Ars Electronica, are warning of “unquantifiable subterranean noise”, tectonic plate shifts, minor ground quakes and a hallway thick with the spray of diluted chemicals. So it’s just as well the gallery’s home – which has asked an invasion of artists to take over in celebration of ten years in the new media business – can call upon a decade’s experience of these kind of rambunctious interventions.
Katarzyna Krakowiak prefers to see the building as a listening device. Fresh from the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Polish artist’s installation sees the space eavesdrop on itself, disseminating its history as it goes.
Three of the participants embrace interactivity: Manifest.AR invite viewers to write in the sky, Nina Edge uses the omnipresent voice recognition software, Siri, to explore housing issues within a tent, and Uncoded Collective have designs on crafting an alternative tourist map of Liverpool, created by sitters at a park bench with bike pedals attached.
But outside, where spoof specialist Steve Lambert has made a fairground-style sign, the most provocative question may light up. Lambert wants the public to decide whether the message – “Capitalism works for me!” – is true or false.
- Open 12pm-6pm (11am-6pm Saturday). Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @fact_liverpool.