5 March 2007

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and Liverpool John Moores University are once again teaming up for National Science and Engineering Week (9-18 March), inviting kids of all ages to dive into a life-size musical instrument; a unique immersive light space, designed by artist Anthony Hall in response to the work of David Rokeby (forthcoming exhibition at FACT, 20 April - 10 June). The workshops take place on Saturday 17 March, transforming the Box at FACT to allow an exploration into interacting with computers, without using a mouse or keyboard.

Wearing headphones, you'll be able to hear sounds created by quartz light sources, which are modified by your presence around them. Special goggles distort what you can see, so the only way to find your way around is to dance and follow the music your body is making while navigating this half virtual half real space.

This unique experience has been made possible through sponsorship from the British Computer Society Merseyside branch, celebrate 50 years of the British Computer Society. The day's activities are linked to FACT's next exhibition, in which Canadian artist David Rokeby examines movement, computers and perception with several installations including his most famous work Very Nervous System (1986 - 1990).

FACT's Education manager Karen Hickling says, "These workshops are a chance for young people to learn about how computers work in a challenging and creative way." North West artist Antony Hall, who was formerly artist in residence at the University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology, will lead the workshops.