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FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is a Liverpool-based cinema and art gallery, and is the UK's leading organisation for the commission, exhibition and support of new media art-forms.
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We Buy White Albums


Dates:
Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:00 - Sun Sep 14, 2014

Location:
Liverpool, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

New York based artist Rutherford Chang is relocating to Liverpool for one month this summer to display and expand his collection of over 1,000 first-pressings of The Beatles’ White Album.

Presented by FACT and Liverpool International Music Festival, We Buy White Albums will take over FACT’s loading bay space on Wood Street from 15 August – 14 September.
The seminal White Album – officially titled The Beatles – was the band’s ninth studio album, with a revolutionary cover designed by pioneering pop artist Richard Hamilton. Famously stark, the totally white design has provided a blank canvas for the coffee stains, doodles, mold and rips that have accumulated on the albums since its release in 1968, making every copy now unique.

Chang’s entire collection of over 1,000 White Albums will be displayed in the format of a record store with two vital differences, only one album is displayed, and records are only bought not sold. Visitors will be invited to browse and listen to copies of their choice.

Also featured is a vinyl album Chang created by layering 100 different copies from his collection, exploring the sonic and visual differences between the aged vinyl discs and covers.
Chang has been building his collection for eight years and says:

“The character of each copy is distinctly shaped by their individual histories, so this collection of intentical yet unique mutiples together forms a story of the past half-Century.

I hope to expand my collection while in Liverpool, so please bring me numbered copies in any condition!”

Chang will be present at FACT and visitors will be able to sell their first edition copy to him for inclusion in the collection. This will be the project’s debut in the UK and will coincide with International Beatleweek (20 – 26 August) when there will be special events programmed in and around FACT including acoustic performances in RopeWalks Square.

The full programme of events will be listed on fact.co.uk/whitealbum when confirmed.


EVENT

Liverpool Biennial 2014: Sharon Lockhart


Dates:
Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:00 - Sun Oct 26, 2014

Location:
Liverpool, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

FACT and Liverpool Biennial are proud to present the first UK solo exhibition by artist Sharon Lockhart.

Known for creating film and photography portraying often overlooked subjects in everyday life, Lockhart’s practice is underpinned by a commitment to immersing herself in new environments and building intimate relationships with people and places. Perhaps the most significant of these is her friendship with a young Polish girl Milena, who Lockhart first met whilst creating her film Pódworka (2009), which will be presented in FACT’s Gallery 1. This film explores the courtyards of Łódź, Poland, and the children that inhabit them as their playgrounds. Nine years old at the time, Milena’s character was immediately noticeable to Lockhart who appreciated her energy and strong will.

Since filming Pódworka, Lockhart and Milena have formed a friendship resulting in several projects that span several media. Two separate photographic projects will be presented in the exhibition as well as a text-based work and a new film commissioned by FACT, Liverpool Biennial and Kadist, San Francisco. These comprise Lockhart’s latest collaboration with Milena, who is now fifteen years old and living in an orphanage near Warsaw.

The show is part of the 8th Biennial Exhibition A Needle Walks into a Haystack curated by Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman. It will be accompanied by a series of films selected by the artist exploring themes of children’s agency and selfhood.


EVENT

Science Fiction: New Death


Dates:
Thu Mar 27, 2014 00:00 - Sun Jun 22, 2014

Location:
Liverpool, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

A major contemporary science fiction exhibition will be at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool between 27 March – 22 June 2014.

Artists including James Bridle, Jon Rafman, Ryan Trecartin, Mark Leckey, Karen Mirza & Brad Butler and Larissa Sansour will present works which explore how technology is creating new ways of living (and dying), of fashioning identities and the growth of cult-like communities; making our everyday lives feel increasingly like science fiction.

China Miéville award-winning British science fiction author (Perdido Street Station, Iron Council, The City & the City) has produced a new series of short texts which will be visualised in the galleries. These texts have inspired the narrative of the exhibition which is presented as a deconstructed movie set, with the curator as director, artists as actors, Miéville as scriptwriter and acclaimed artist collective The Kazimier as set designers.

Our story looks to the bleak, man-made landscapes of the future and asks: What happens when virtual environments become indistinguishable from reality? Will our global culture allow us to choose where to live, and who will stop us? What will we do with knowledge that becomes freely available to all? With social platforms acting as camera, how will ‘selfies’ develop and what new forms of narcissism will thrive? What is it that we need to preserve, and what do we need to change?

Accompanying the exhibition will be The Personal Archive, a specially curated selection of clips from science fiction films and television programmes, books and memorabilia alongside homemade science fiction films submitted in response to an international open call by FACT.


OPPORTUNITY

We want your Sci-Fi films!


Deadline:
Fri Jan 17, 2014 00:00

We’re launching an open call to find the best home made Science Fiction films to feature in our Spring 2014 exhibition, Science Fiction: Myths of the Present Future.

In March 2014, Science Fiction: Myths of the Present Future will consider how our relationship with technology has blurred the lines between the real and the virtual; making our everyday lives feel increasingly like science fiction.

We are looking for the best home made Science Fiction films to include alongside a series of new commissions and presentations from leading artists such as Ryan Trecartin, Mark Leckey, Jon Rafman, Sascha Pohflepp, Larissa Sansour and James Bridle.

The selected films with be featured in the exhibition at FACT for 12 weeks and will be seen by thousands of our visitors! No efforts are too low budget or otherworldly. Any and all home made Science Fiction films will be considered and there are no age, or location restrictions. Absolutely anyone can enter!

We want to see personal, imaginative and interesting responses to the incredibly broad topic of Science Fiction. Whether it’s a 30 second short, or a 30 minute drama our judging panel want to be amazed, entertained, amused, scared, surprised, astounded and astonished!

Open Call Details

• There are no age or location restrictions to submit your work. Anyone can enter!
• Films must be a maximum of 30 minutes long
• The deadline for submissions is 17 January 2014
• For full details and information on how to submit your film, please visit http://www.fact.co.uk/projects/science-fiction-myths-of-the-present-future/


EVENT

Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life


Dates:
Thu Dec 12, 2013 18:00 - Sun Mar 09, 2014

Location:
Liverpool, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

This December, we are collaborating with the Royal College of Art’s Creative Exchange (CX) Hub to present the exhibition Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life which has resulted from a major research and innovation programme. Artists include Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Harun Farocki, Oliver Walker, Blake Fall-Conroy, Sam Meech, Molleindustria, Jeff Crouse and Stephanie Rothernberg, Andrew Norman Wilson and The Creative Exchange.

A Time & Motion Study is a scientific method - developed by Frederick Taylor and later by Frank and Lillian Gilbreth - used to analyse work procedures and determine the most efficient method of operation. This approach has been used extensively in workplaces including factories, hospitals, retail, and banks since the industrial age.

Using this as a starting point, the exhibition Time & Motion will use artworks, research projects, archival materials and interventions to track our journey through the world of work, from clocking on at the factory gates to checking in online from our home office or local entrepreneurial networking space. As our industrial economy has given way to a service and knowledge economy, producing ideas and experiences rather than artefacts, how have our patterns of day-to-day working life changed?

At a time of structural changes in the labour market, growing youth unemployment and sharp transitions in business practice to address global recession, the subject of rethinking working life is one that artists and designers have an obligation to explore.

A new online game What’s Your Number commissioned by FACT and developed by the Royal College of Art invites people from all over the world to test their own understanding of their working life and the traditional notion of eight hours work, eight hours rest and eight hours play. Users will be encouraged to think about their working life in a new way as they answer a series of questions to reveal their own three-digit number. How many will be the traditional eight, eight, eight?

Time & Motion will work with a range of artists, creative producers and researchers to experiment across venue, audience, workspace and digital space, transforming FACT into a hybrid between factory and exploratorium.

The exhibition asks timely questions including ‘What happened to the eight hour day?’ ‘What is your work life balance?’ and ‘How has technology affected the way that you work?’ each encouraging the visitor to consider their own working life and the changes happening around them.

Entry is free.