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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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Random Acts: Artist Interventions into Broadcasting


Dates:
Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:00 - Fri Oct 26, 2012

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

This forum celebrates the Random Acts series of commissions - including new commissions from FACT for the strand - and opens up a dialogue about the future of television as a shared space that has the potential to bridge new relationships between socially engaged audiences, curators, creative producers, and broadcasters.

Random Acts is a short form daily arts strand on Channel 4, late nights. It is television as art, rather than television about art. Created by established and emerging talent, without presenters, ignoring the clichés of the usual arts TV.

Using Random Acts as its starting point, this day long event will ask what is the future for TV as a shared space? How should artists use the medium? What should TV aim to be in the age of the Internet? How can television bridge new relationships between socially engaged audiences, curators, creative producers and broadcasters?

The forum will celebrate the Random Acts commissions (including 25 new films curated and co-commissioned by FACT) and discuss new models of broadcast and their dissemination in our increasingly networked culture.

Channel 4's Commissioning Editor for Arts, Tabitha Jackson, who is responsible for all arts programming on C4 and More4 as well as any cross platform and transmedia arts projects joins us to consider the future. She will discuss the potential impacts and opportunities for artist interventions in broadcasting with Director of FACT Mike Stubbs, and Lucky PDF, an artist collective from South East London.

International speakers include American performance, video, drawing and installation artist Marisa Olson, who in 2004 created 'Marisa's American Idol Audition Blog' where she documented and crowd sourced suggestions for her upcoming American Idol audition. Readers were asked to help choose her 'look', her song choice, whilst she practised walking in high heels, went tanning, campaigned in front of Fox HQ and took interview training classes with MTV presenter Tabitha Soren.

Chip Lord will be discussing histories of artist intervention with artist John Hill, of the ground breaking collective Lucky PDF. Chip Lord was a co-founder of Ant Farm, one of the most important and radical media collectives to come out of the United States.

Artist performances will take place including Jeremy Bailey's The Future of Television, a 'tele-presence augmented reality performance', and Roney Fraser Munro, who will be intervening throughout the day with a series of alternative personae that seek to create a DIY and punk aesthetic for the future of television.

Produced by FACT, and online with ArtPlayer TV, in partnership with Channel 4, Arts Council England and the Liverpool Biennial

Tickets cost £10/£8 (members/concessions) and are available online, from the Box Office or by phone on 0871 902 5737.


EVENT

Liverpool Biennial 2012: The Unexpected Guest at FACT


Dates:
Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:00 - Sun Nov 25, 2012

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

Liverpool Biennial 2012: The Unexpected Guest at FACT
Saturday 15 September - Sunday 25 November

The Unexpected Guest is part of Liverpool Biennial. It is an exhibition that brings over 60 artists together across 19 sites in the City including galleries, museums and the public realm.

The exhibition begins with the idea of hospitality. Hospitality is the welcome we extend to others, as well as a metaphor encompassing issues of the body, territory, politics and commerce. In an age of unprecedented movement between both people and knowledge, different cultures of hospitality confront one another as never before.

Whilst each artist has chosen to respond differently to this idea, at the heart of the exhibition at FACT is each artist's desire to critique social and political hierarchies and to re-imagine hidden or untold histories. Spanning collaborative and cross-disciplinary practices, the works study and address contemporary cultures of exchange, violence, and the romance we might feel for a world that seems to have adopted an increasingly inhospitable façade.


EVENT

The Humble Market: Trade Secrets


Dates:
Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:00 - Sun Aug 26, 2012

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

The Humble Market: Trade Secrets
Friday 22nd June – Sunday 26th August 2012


Part performance, part experience, Trade Secrets presents us with an universe threatened with complete control. Using the lens of the marketplace to ask, "What do we really trade? What should be traded? And what cannot be bought?"

Trade Secrets is inspired by the spectacular rise of Brazil as an economic power and the trading cities of the Northwest in the UK and Southeast in Brazil. Through a choreographed journey of interactive vehicles expect intimate provocations that confront us with the follies of mass consumerism. The Humble Market: Trade Secrets is presented as part of the Abandon Normal Devices festival, which is taking place across the region in 2012.

For information about visiting Trade Secrets visit http://www.fact.co.uk/projects/the-humble-market-trade-secrets/.

The Humble Market is a co-production between Abandon Normal Devices, FACT and Derry - Londonderry - City of Culture 2013 and WE PLAY, commissioned by AND, FACT, WE PLAY Expo and Derry - Londonderry - City of Culture 2013 and London 2012 Festival funded by Legacy Trust UK and Arts Council England.



EVENT

Robots and Avatars


Dates:
Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:00 - Sun May 27, 2012

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

Robots and Avatars

16 March – 27 May

Join us in a near future where robots, avatars and telepresence form part of an exciting new reality.

From pervasive networked gaming to robots that teach, touch, care or scare, Robots and Avatars are already co-habit the world in which we work and play.

Co-curated with interdisciplinary design collective body>data>space (London), this exhibition at FACT showcases some of the most exciting new ideas from international artists and technologists in the field. Expect playful post-industrial creatures, sensory virtual worlds, and responsive inflatable objects in this major new exhibition.

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)
88 Wood Street
Liverpool
L1 4DQ

www.fact.co.uk


EVENT

Republic of Moon


Dates:
Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:00 - Sun Feb 26, 2012

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

Republic of the Moon
16th December 2011 - 26th February 2012
Imagine living on our closest celestial neighbour.... Seven
international artists are declaring a Republic of the Moon in Liverpool in this new exhibition.
Curated by The Arts Catalyst and FACT, Republic of the Moon presents major new commissions by Agnes Meyer-Brandis
and WE COLONISED THE MOON, and works by Leonid Tishkov, Andy Gracie,
Liliane Lijn and Sharon Houkema.
Weaving together fact, imagination and storytelling,
the artworks offer alternative visions of lunar life: a remote lunar habitat
for mythical “moon geese”, an immersive encounter with the smell of the
moon, DIY astrobiology experiments and the tale of a man who met the moon (and
stayed with her for the rest of his life).
Who will be the first colonisers of the Moon?
Perhaps it should be the artists. 
 
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more information call 0151 707 4464 or visit www.fact.co.uk