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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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YouTube Killed the Video Star


Dates:
Tue May 14, 2013 19:00 - Tue May 14, 2013

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

Bido Lito! music magazine and FACT present a panel event that explores the future of the music video as a medium, and its current importance in an ever more varied world of digital content consumption.

Music and video are the key drivers of content in the modern, plugged-in world, and predictions show that we are due to devour more and more over the coming years as the tentacles of the world wide web become more and more ingrained in the way we interact with both. So what does the future hold for the music video as a form? Is the golden ‘MTV Generation’ but a distant memory? Has the form become cheapened by the sheer volume of film now available at the click of the button? Are music videos becoming purely marketing tools rather than a treasured and respected medium? Has YouTube actually killed the traditional video star?

Bringing together three new and exciting Liverpool-based filmmakers, YouTube killed the Video Star aims to dissect these questions and more in a dynamic discussion event.

Mike Isted studied Fine Art, and then did a Master’s in 3D Animation. He has since worked on a number of advertising projects, before being approached to produce a music video for Smiler – On Top Of The World (feat. Professor Green) by Warner Bros. This has since led to further work with Warner Bros., including producing an animated music video for Lianne La Havas, and several lyric videos for Muse. The Madness lyric video has had nearly 10million views on YouTube, and is now used by Muse as live on-stage visuals. Mike is currently working on developing an interactive music video for the band.

Lee Isserow has been working in the film and TV industry for a number of years, and has a healthy back catalogue of work that stretches from TV advertising to music video. Having directed his first music video for a friend’s band in 2001, Lee has built up an extensive background of expertise in cinematography, animation and visual effects, and direction. Lee has produced music videos for Arrows Of love, Howard Be Thy Name and The Helmholtz Resonators among others.

Jack Whiteley spent three years doing a practical filmmaking degree – ‘Contemporary Film & Video’ – at Manchester Metropolitan University, and the three years spent creating short films was a great grounding for him in the art of film. He has since developed an impressive body of short film work with a distinct style, documenting many of the events undertaken by The Kazimier. He followed up his first music video – Stealing Sheep’s I Am The Rain – with further videos for Dan Croll, Wave Machines, and a return to working with Stealing Sheep on the epic production of their Rearrange music video.

Part of the programme for The Art of Pop Video exhibition
Celebrate The Art of Pop Video in the first exhibition of its kind in the UK. More than 100 video clips tell the story of the pop video, marking the medium's substantial contribution to popular culture.


EVENT

Flaming Creatures - The Art of Pop Video Film Season


Dates:
Wed Mar 27, 2013 18:30 - Wed Mar 27, 2013

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

Nothing short of notorious, Flaming Creatures marked a significant moment in the history of postwar American film and culture. The film was banned and seized, caused cinemas to be shut down, and was the subject of an obscenity case that reached the US Supreme Court. And yet Flaming Creatures was, according to Smith, ultimately meant to be a comedy. On a rooftop above one of New York's oldest extant (now demolished) movie houses, characters disrupt gender and sexual norms as they act out carnal fantasies on a set resembling an Arabian harem.

Part of the programme for The Art of Pop Video

Celebrate The Art of Pop Video in the first exhibition of its kind in the UK. More than 100 video clips tell the story of the pop video, marking the medium's substantial contribution to popular culture.

#artofpopvideo

www.fact.co.uk/projects/the-art-of-pop-video/


EVENT

The Art of Pop Video


Dates:
Thu Mar 14, 2013 18:00 - Fri May 24, 2013

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

Celebrate The Art of Pop Video in the first exhibition of its kind in the UK. More than 100 video clips tell the story of the pop video, marking the medium’s substantial contribution to popular culture.

MTV defined a generation with its bite-sized, fast-paced offering of 24/7 music videos, but it was long before then that the medium had become a vital form of artistic expression. Showcasing the music video as an artistic medium in its own right, the exhibition follows its history from the very beginnings in the 1920s to its most contemporary manifestations.

Placing the music video in the context of the history of visual arts and film, FACT's exhibition celebrates the variety of the medium and invites visitors to become acquainted with its filmic predecessors and take a peek at the future. Providing an insight into experimental approaches to the medium, it focuses on the recent shift in the audience's role from passive viewer in the 90s to active producer now.

Artists featured include Björk, Michael Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Fred Astaire, Man Ray, Madonna, Daft Punk, Lady Gaga and Radiohead.

Directors featured include Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Dudley Murphy, Anton Corbijn, Andy Warhol, Uwe Flade, Julien Temple, Wim Wenders and Chris Cunningham.

The exhibition showcases the work of major visual artists whose work has been heavily influenced by the pop video. Artists featured include Andy Warhol, Pipilotti Rist, Wolfgang Tillmans, Carsten Nicolai and Christian Jankowski.

A selection of the best home grown talent in the shape of Liverpool bands and filmmakers is included throughout the exhibition.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of events and exhibitions for music lovers of all ages.

#ArtofPop

Curators: Michael P. Aust (film producer and director of SoundTrack_Cologne); Daniel Kothenschulte, film critic and writer.
Associate Curator: Georg Elben, Director of Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl.
Art of Pop Video was first exhibited at the MAKK Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Cologne


EVENT

Noisy Table


Dates:
Thu Dec 06, 2012 00:00 - Sun Feb 24, 2013

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

Noisy Table
December 6 2012 – February 24 2013
FACT, Liverpool
Free entry

Noisy Table, an augmented ping pong table that will make music and sounds as games are played, will be available for the public to try at FACT from December 6.

It will be the first project and the launch of the FACT Connects programme, which is committed to reaching out to local artists, musicians, organisations and
independent businesses, allowing their presence to be felt in the FACT building
and, in turn, ensuring FACT has a supportive creative presence in the city.

Created by artist Will Nash, Noisy Table is programmed with a library of digital instruments and samples. The vibrations created when the ball hits the table are turned into sounds, which are then broadcast live back into the game. Buttons at either end of the table allow players to scroll through the library and change the sounds.

Nash describes Noisy Table as “an alter-table-tennis experience” that breaks down traditional barriers of art.

He says: “People can feel intimidated when they are asked to join in by an artist, but they don’t even think about that with table tennis. They just pick up the bat and start playing.”

FACT is inviting local makers, musicians and artists to alter the soundscape created by play on the table at its very source. In several planned hackspaces, local bands, creative collectives, artists and technological makers will invited to play with the coding which controls the soundscape, patching in their own audio samples and encouraging the public to join in with their twist on Nash’s work.

Liverpool artist Ross Dalziel will assist would-be hackers in accessing the software for Noisy Table, which can be patched with open-source software, making the possibilities for customisation endless: Illuminate the front window of FACT as games are played, use the sounds as a trigger for other activity, or simply make the table sing your own song…

So whether you just want to play a game, hack a work of art, or find out what an Arduino is and what it does, come get connected with FACT!

Will Nash’s Noisy Table will be available for public play from 12pm to 6pm daily (11am to 6pm on Saturdays). Outside of these times, it can still be used if players bring their own bats and balls.

It will launch on December 6 with live music and DJs, and a ‘battle of the bands’ ping pong tournament will run while the table is in situ. In association with Bido Lito! magazine, eight local bands will take part in customising the table and competing against each other.

Local technicians and hackers interested in customising the table’s play can contact lesley.taker@fact.co.uk.

Noisy Table is supported by Dunlop Table Tennis and funded by Arts Council England. It will remain in the foyer for the duration of the Winter Sparks exhibition, until February 23 2013. See it in action here.


EVENT

Winter Sparks


Dates:
Thu Dec 13, 2012 18:00 - Sun Feb 24, 2013

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

Winter Sparks
December 13 2012 – February 24 2013
FACT, Liverpool
Free entry

FACT’s final exhibition for 2012 and taking the gallery into the new year is Winter Sparks, an interactive programme of works that promises to be electric!

Visitors to FACT will be able to trigger a personal light and sound show with electric sparks, interact with the dramatic charges from Tesla coils, and explore the mysteries of the Wilberforce pendulum, with work from four exciting international new media artists being seen in the UK for the first time.

The idea behind Winter Sparks is to turn away from the traditional understanding of the art gallery as a contemplative and over-cerebral space, instead seeking to engage visitors on a journey through impressive large-scale reactive installations. The selection of works will take over FACT’s building to ensure an immersive experience where the visitor becomes part of the different environments, experimenting with light, sound, space and motion.

Curated by FACT’s director Mike Stubbs, Winter Sparks explores the relationship between art and science through the works of Canadian artist and composer Alexandre Burton, Dutch artist and academic Edwin van der Heide, and Spain-based Bosch & Simons, known for their complex ‘music machines’.

Edwin van der Heide’s Evolving Spark Network (Gallery 1) consists of a grid of electric spark bridges across the exhibition space. The movements of visitors are detected by motion sensors to trigger electric sparks producing both sound and light, generating patterns with distinct visual and sonic qualities. This network serves as a metaphor for the human nervous system. For the artist, electric sparks represent beauty, purity and simplicity.

Alexandre Burton’s interactive installation Impacts (Gallery 2) is a ‘live’ sculptural installation consisting of Tesla coils fitted with a glass pane and suspended from the ceiling, where the presence of the visitor activates an impressive audio and visual experience. The visitor’s proximity to the works engages arcs of electricity of variable intensities as well as a rhythmic articulation, generated by the impact of the electrical arc on the glass.
Impacts has only been shown previously at the PHI Centre in Montreal, and FACT is honoured to re-stage it for new local, national and international audiences.

Bosch & Simons’s Wilberforces (atrium) refers directly to a scientific phenomenon known as the Wilberforce Pendulum. This pendulum is nothing more than a hung spring with a central weight and two eccentric weights for calibration below it, but it works in such a way that once set in motion, its movement can change from vertical motion into rotation without adding energy from an external source.

In this previously unshown work, produced by FACT, Bosch & Simons use pendulum springs for generating and processing video and audio data. Hanging a video camera, a microphone, and loudspeakers from the springs, images captured by the camera are projected in real-time, and at the same time motion data is used as a source for live electronic sound production.

The main interest of the artists is to create a complex system in which various frequencies influence each other. Alongside unstable balances and order and chaos, another theme of the work is the mystery of signal processing. Wilberforces raises questions about what is ‘real’ and what is manipulated by ‘tricks’ - an issue they say cannot be questioned enough in the era of mass manipulation we live in.

A full programme of events around the Winter Sparks exhibition, including artist performance on the opening day, will be announced on www.fact.co.uk in the coming months.

Winter Sparks is supported by the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec; the Québec Government Office, London; and Mondriaan Fund.