7 November 2006

Liverpool Culture Company launched its 2008 programme at St George's Hall last night (06 November). Included within this first glimpse of events and highlights for 2008 are just a few of the new commissions, exhibitions and events that FACT has planned for this landmark year.

January 08: FACT's new Film, Video and New Media Festival brings an amazing range of the edgiest, challenging, must see international films and new media art to the city in a ten day extravaganza. The festival runs from 22 February to 2 March, alongside a UK first FACT gallery show of film, installation, photos and performance work by a famous international art star, throughout January - March. Watch this space!

March 08: Sk-Interface: sci-art commissions. It's now a reality, artists are in the labs. Biotechnology is no longer just a topic, but a tool, generating green fluorescent animals, pig wings, and sculptures moulded in bioreactors or under the microscope, and using DNA itself as an artistic medium. FACT delivers a major new international touring exhibition profiling the best of artists biological 'wetwork' and introducing some of the most challenging ideas on the past, present and future Liverpool will have ever seen.

July 08: World premiere of Pipilloti Rist's first ever feature film PEPPERMINTA COMES UP - starring a female super hero for the modern era; her mission is to prevent humanity from the perils of total normality and complete conformity! Rist will also launch a new commission in the galleries alongside a favourite work that has won her copius awards and international acclaim (see above Pipilotti Rist, Homo Sapiens Sapiens (2005). Audio visual installation in San Stae Church, Venice, as part of Venice Biennale 2005)

Ceri Hand, Director of Exhibitions at FACT says, "We are very excited about FACT's 08 programme (art, technology, people), as it reflects FACT's position as a world leader in the field of presenting challenging, stimulating and awe-inspiring art and film which as a whole seeks to question what it means to be alive today in this dynamic, fluid time of technological and scientific discovery."