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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Science Fiction: New Death

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

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.


We want your Sci-Fi films!

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


Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life

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

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.


Everybody Knows Something

Thu Oct 24, 2013 09:00 - Thu Oct 24, 2013

Liverpool, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Here at FACT, we believe in the idea that everybody knows something and somebody wants to know it! This is why we are launching a new series of FREE seminars and workshops for the benefit of Liverpool's creative industries.

Each event will be different; the common theme being that somebody is prepared to donate their time to share their knowledge and help others working in the creative industries whether that be art, architecture, gaming or graphic design.

Our inaugural event on Thursday 24 October ‘kicks off’ with Stephanie Pereira, Art Program Director for Kickstarter; an online funding platform for creative projects, commonly known as crowdfunding.

Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects, from films and games to music and technology that are brought to life through the direct support of others.

Kickstarter: Thursday 24 October / 9 - 11am

Kickstarter’s Stephanie Pereira will explore successful projects and explain how to structure a campaign, how to spread the word, and other helpful tips. Book your free place now! (space is limited so only one person per organisation please)

Do you know something?

We want this new series to be useful and about topics that local creative industries are keen to learn more about. If you have a great idea for an Everybody Knows Something seminar, or would be willing to share what you know about a particular subject area, then get in touch!

Featured business

Everybody Knows Something is also a great opportunity to learn more about the fantastic businesses on our doorsteps and we'll be featuring great examples at our seminars. First up is One For Sorrow who designed our lovely Everybody Knows Something logo!


BFI Film Academy

Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:00 - Sat Dec 21, 2013

Liverpool, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

FACT is delighted to be hosting the BFI Film Academy in Merseyside for the second time. This intensive filmmaking course is a chance for 16 to 19 year olds to collaborate with a professional filmmaker to make a short film.

• The course is free and will start on 19 October for 8 weeks.
• There will be two groups, one on a Saturday, one on Sunday.
• Alongside the weekend activity, participants can attend specialist masterclasses in script writing and distribution, networking events & curate a special series of films to be screened to the public at FACT.

How to apply: To apply please go to our website, and download the aplication pack and return it to Louise Latter by email ( or post by 5pm on Monday 30 September.

The BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.

The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture in the round.

The BFI Film Academy forms a key part of the BFI’s ambitious plans to revolutionise film education for 5-19 year olds, a core aim of the BFI’s Film Foreverfive year plan to support the future success of UK film. Film Academy funding partners include the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland. Strategic partners include BAFTA, Pinewood Studios and Creative Skillset, helping to ensure the Academy is a gold standard film industry-focused educational programme.

BFI CEO Amanda Nevill comments:'The BFI is committed to developing tomorrow’s film audiences and talent and the BFI Film Academy is at the heart of our comprehensive strategy to give young people across the UK opportunities to engage with film. We’re proud that through the BFI Film Academy young people of all backgrounds are given a springboard to a career in film. Following an enormously successful inaugural year in 2012, the Academy is now establishing itself as a gold standard training and development programme with a vision for future growth. This wouldn’t be possible without the backing of the Department for Education and we thank them and all our partners for their continuing support as we this year take the Film Academy to more people than ever across the UK.'

About the BFI

The BFI is the UK’s lead film organisation, with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

• Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
• Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
• Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
• Promoting British film and talent to the world
• Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences