The Future of Webcasting from Sefton Park
4 January 2005
On Friday 28 January at 2pm, Eddie Berg Chief Executive of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Paul Smith Deputy Chief Executive of Arena Housing Association and Paul Kelly of Liverpool HAT (Housing Action Trust), will lodge a time-capsule on the site of the £575,000 Community Centre and Arena Housing Office at Sefton Park; where the first ever purpose-built tenantspin studio will be housed. Residents Kath Healy and Eileen Clarke will also attend. The time capsule, including a specially created DVD history of the tenantspin project as well as interviews and personal messages from the current crew, will inform future generations of the impact on the community of this successful and innovative project.
FACT's involvement with the Liverpool's high-rise tenants began in 1999 when the organisation, working with Danish artists Superflex, created tenantspin an internet TV channel co-run in association with Liverpool HAT and high-rise tenants across the city. Everything broadcast on tenantspin has since been produced by and for the tenants, who are trained as crew for the shows. Guests on tenantspin have included Margi Clarke, Will Self and Alexei Sayle, and webcasts have a regular audience in America, Barbados and Scandinavia.
More often than not FACT's Eddie Berg has acted as presenter/interviewer for the shows, a role which will shortly come to an end when he leaves FACT to take up his new post as Artistic Director of the National Centre for the Moving Image in London. Eddie's final webcast will also take place on Friday 28 January, when he will be in conversation with Paul Kelly and tenantspin participant John McGuirk.
The new Sefton Park Community Centre, due for completion in May 2005, will comprise the £75,000 tenantspin studio, main hall, therapy/beauty room, activity room, tenant's office and Arena housing office. The facilities will be maintained by a dowry of £142,000 from HAT, who reach the end of their 12 year fixed-term development programme in March 2005, when Arena take over management of the five tower blocks in Sefton Park.