15 January 2007

Read on to find out what to expect from FACT during 2007, Liverpool's 800th Birthday year.

The Ghosts of Songs: A Retrospective of the Black Audio Film Collective 1982 - 1998 (02 February - 01 April): FACT launches the world premiere retrospective and cinema screenings of the work of The Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC), curated by The Otolith Group and designed by architect David Adjaye. Through award-winning films, videos, installations, essays and statements, John Akomfrah, Lina Gopaul, Reece Auguiste, Trevor Mathison, David Lawson, Avril Johnson and Edwrad George created one of the most singular and influential bodies of work in post-war European culture.

David Rokeby (21 April - 10 June): Canadian David Rokeby has shaped the history of media arts for over two decades. His artwork explores the grey space between the human and the machine encouraging the visitor to look, listen, learn - understanding logic and creativity in the same breath. This will be Rokeby's first major exhibition in the UK giving Liverpool the opportunity to see his most famous work, Very Nervous System (1986 - 1990).

Anna Lucas: Lucas is making three major new works for her solo exhibition in Gallery 1. These intensely filmic explorations investigate the use of plants for cultural, spiritual and medicinal purposes in her local Brixton markets. Lucas will be following a 'spiritual survivalist' plant, found in a Catholic-Voodoo shop in Brixton, on its journey back across the deserts of the Middle East to its native Jericho, where it will bloom again.

Bold Street (29 June - 19 August): FACT's colloaborations programme, inspired by the themes of Lucas' major exhibition, will explore one of Liverpool's most famous and historic roads in an exhibition designed to illustrate how the world really can live on one street. From international cuisine, to Georgian architecture, a bombed out church and Beatles' history, Bold Street maps Liverpool's culture on its cobbled path.

FACT Video Positive Commissioned Artists Retrospective (30 August - 04 November): FACT reflects on its history within Liverpool and also some commissions from key artists over the last decade. It's an opportunity for people to understand why we are so important for Liverpool and why FACT's building has developed from a landmark into a national institution. It also offers a chance to celebrate the work of FACT's ground breaking Collaborations programme which celebrates its 15th Birthday.

Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson (16 November - 13 January 2008): Manchester based artists Crowe and Rawlinson invite you to see off 2007 and welcome 2008 with a bang. The main exhibition space at FACT will be alight with Roman candles, Catherine Wheels and Chinese Crackers all set off to a precise firing schedule and the display will be filmed. Entry to all exhibitions at FACT is free.