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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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Echo: Mark Boulos


Dates:
Thu Oct 03, 2013 18:00 - Thu Nov 21, 2013

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

This October, FACT will premiere Echo, an ambitious new installation, by the artist-filmmaker Mark Boulos. Echo will be the centerpiece of a solo show of Boulos’s work, and is presented as part of the 2013 Abandon Normal Devices festival.

Echo marks a significant technical and formal development in Boulos’ practice from his previous documentary-style video works, which represented revolutionary militancy and religious ecstasy. Echo was commissioned and produced by Forma in partnership with FACT, with development and production supported by The Wellcome Trust.

Echo will be a large-scale immersive video installation presented in FACT’s Gallery 1 in which viewers will encounter a ghostly ‘reflection’ of themselves – that moves and speaks as they do in real time - but transposed upon a documentary background of an urban landscape. As the viewer continues to observe their doppelgänger, time is desynchronized and spatial perspective is distorted and broken, inducing a feeling of disorientation, alienation and anxiety.

The work combines neuroscientific research with innovative video techniques--including Hitchcock’s vertigo-inducing ‘contra zoom,’ and the 19th-century stage-magic illusion ‘Peppers Ghost’--to produce an innovative three-dimensional effect which can be seen with the naked eye.


Inspired by neuroscientific and psychoanalytic theories of embodiment and selfhood, Echo has been developed in collaboration with Professor Olaf Blanke, Director of the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Brain-Mind Institute in Lausanne. Prof. Blanke has pioneered research to induce out-of-body experiences in test subjects.

Echo will be presented alongside three of Mark Boulos’ previous video works.

All that Is Solid Melts into Air (2008) is comprised of two large-scale videos and presents two communities at opposite ends of the world - from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, to the Niger Delta in Africa - each locked in a struggle to control oil. Oil surrounds us on a daily basis, and yet we are scarcely aware of its source or presence, when refined into commodities. Boulos’ installation makes visible the mechanisms of this process of abstraction, and the brutal political-economic conditions they conceal.

The Origin of the World (2009) - an play on the Gustave Courbet painting of the same name - is a experimental self-portrait realized through psychoanalysis, theatrical fiction and narrative deception. In this video, the artist filmed his face reflected in his own eye while under hypnosis.

For the three-channel documentary video No Permanent Address (2010), Boulos spent eight weeks living in the Philippine jungle with two guerilla squads of the New People’s Army, a Communist insurgency designated as a terrorist organisation by the EU and USA. No Permanent Address examines the persistence of communism beyond its supposed death, nostalgia for lost idealism, and the relationship between feminism, love, and militancy. No Permanent Address is, then, about the other side of terrorism: when poverty and desperation meet love and idealism, and turn violent.

A programme of related talks, films, events and a symposium on Friday 4 October with guest speakers including Professor Olaf Blanke, Mark Boulos and Yann Chateigne will accompany the exhibition as part of the Abandon Normal Devices festival 2013.

#MarkBoulos

The development and production of Echo has been supported by the Wellcome Trust. The presentation of Echo has also been supported by the The Mondriaan Fonds, Pro Helvitia, and The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.


EVENT

Turning FACT Inside Out


Dates:
Thu Jun 13, 2013 18:00 - Sun Sep 15, 2013

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

This summer at FACT Liverpool, a selection of provocative international artists tackle some of the most pressing, controversial and literally ground-breaking political issues of today, as Turning FACT Inside Out opens on Thursday 13 June.

Exploring aspects of environment, architecture, capitalism and augmented reality, Turning FACT Inside Out is an exhibition that will take over the entire building and beyond, including recreating an indoor fracking site complete with earth tremors and flames.

As FACT celebrates the first decade of its building as one of the UK’s primary centres for new media art, it has commissioned an artists’ take over, featuring bold, new or never before seen in the UK works from emerging and established artists, including HeHe, Nina Edge, Katarzyna Krakowiak, Steve Lambert, Manifest.AR, MeYouandUs and Uncoded Collective.

Offering an opportunity to explore and debate the role and possibilities for the cultural institution and arts venue in a post-digital age, Turning FACT Inside Out is set to continue FACT’s tradition of staging risky and exciting immersive installations such as Kurt Hentschläger’s ZEE (2011) and Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson’s indoor fireworks (At 25 Metres, 2007).


EVENT

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