19 June 2012

Manchester based artists Alastair Eilbeck and James Bailey have collaborated with UK/Brazilian theatre network Zecora Ura for our next exhibition at FACT, The Humble Market: Trade Secrets. We found out a bit more about their previous work to see if it will give us a sneak preview of what's in store for our gallery spaces... 

To celebrate the launch of MediaCityUK, the artists were comissioned to create Lowry to Life, an interactive digital art work. Using motion capture technology, passers by were able to control the movements of digital people taken from LS Lowry's 1954 painting, Piccadilly Gardens. You can see footage of the hip wiggling Lowry figures in action on the media section of this page. 

Their three-channel installation, MeYouandUs, formed part of Robots and Avatars at FACT. Like Lowry to Life, Alastair and James used motion capture technology but this time spliced visitors together with those who had viewed the piece before hand. 

Most recently, Alastair and Zecora Ura went on a research trip to Brazil inspired by the rise of the country as an economic power. They wanted to find out more about what exists at the underbelly of the Brazilian market place. Taking the footage captured on the trip, Alastair and James have transformed a taxi for our next exhibition, The Humble Market: Trade Secrets. Visitors will be able to take a ride during one of our cheorographed tours and look out of the windows into the streets of Rio. 

You can find out more about Alastair and James on our artist directory.

The Humble Market: Trade Secrets opens this Friday until 26 August. The galleries are open from 12pm - 6pm Sunday - Friday and 11am - 6pm on Saturday. Experience The Humble Market through one of our free choreographed tour that will run every 15 minutes during gallery hours.