29 October 2008

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is launching a new online portal for audiences to experience digital arts and culture in a new environment. FACT TV  which will be online from 30 October, acts as a virtual gallery space showcasing the best and newest in international video and new media art, experimental cinema and animation, artists' talks and youth and community filmmaking. Designed in-house by FACT's Media Services team and funded by Arts Council England, FACT TV offers a chance to see the vast programme of work by the UK's centre for film video and new media art, plus work by FACT and Arena Housing's ground-breaking web-casting project tenantspin and FACT's work with young filmmakers.

Sarah Fisher, Head of Visual Arts at Arts Council England says, "We are delighted to be supporting FACT as the leading media arts organisation in the UK. We are keen to help develop the organisation's work in new services and new approaches. The way people interact and relate to visual arts is changing - we don't just experience artwork in gallery but on the street, on TV and on our computers. FACT is keeping ahead of the curve in helping art lovers all over the world engage with their programme whenever they want to."

Some of the highlights you can watch right now on FACT TV include:

  • An exclusive interview with Australian artist Stelarc who was at FACT in February for sk-interfaces, and exhibition exploring the role of skin in art. Stelarc included documentation of the surgical procedure to install a third ear in his forearm as part of the show. He also presented at the sk-interfaces conference
  • Documentation of a breakfast with AL and AL, chaired by Jude Kelly in the Box at FACT as their exhibition opened in April
  • AL and AL's film charting the installation of their FACT commission in Beijing as they participated in a new media art show, Synthetic Times as part of the cultural programme for the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • An opportunity to revisit Pipilotti Rist's record-breaking exhibition at FACT this summer in an exclusive eight-minute film
  • tenantspin's Cultural Commentators, a quarterly catch-up in 08 revisiting the highlights of the city's year as European Capital of Culture
  • Films from FACT's young filmmakers, including an interview by the freehanders with U-Ram Choe whose Liverpool Biennial commission, Opertus Lunula Umbra fills the FACT Atrium, short films made for Young Liverpool Film Night and Made Up in Liverpool