13 December 2012

Winter Sparks turns away from the traditional understanding of the museum as a contemplative and interpretive white-cube space, and seeks to engage visitors in a journey through impressive large-scale installations exploring the connections between art and science.

All of the artists reference pioneering inventor Nikola Tesla whose many experiments included electricity, x-rays and wireless communications. See this brilliant comic which explains why Tesla was the greatest geek that ever lived!

Tonight, we open the exhibition with an introduction from Professor Themis Bowcock, head of particle physics at the University of Liverpool and one of a team of scientists from the university working at the Large Hadron Collider. 

Artist Edwin van der Heide will present a special sound performance in The Box, and Bosch & Simons will be animating their new installation im the Atrium (which you may have already seen, or heard!)

Liverpool Organic Brewery are also generously providing three varieties of local ale, selected by FACT staff...it's a hard job, but someone's got to do it!

All of the activities and ale are free, and everybody is welcome. Come along between 6pm and 8pm tonight and help us open Winter Sparks with a bang!

Plus, if you'd like to discuss the artworks with the artists, join us at the Ways of Seeing Webcast on Friday 14 December at 2pm, and if you fancy experimenting with vibrations and reclaimed furniture, pop-in on Saturday 15 December between 1pm - 4pm for the Vibrations Workshop with Bosch & Simons.