13 February 2013

It's FACT's last few weeks with Noisy Table, the augmented ping pong game that has taken pride of place in the foyer over the last few months.

Everyone from groups of primary school children to some of the city's hottest bands have come to try out the table, made and modified by Will Nash and maintained by local digital artists including Ross Dalziel and DoES Liverpool's Adrien McEwan, who have taught the public how to 'hack' the table's sounds.

Noisy Table was a big hit right from the off, and was named a cultural pick of the Liverpool Echo and stylish art and design website We Heart, and made a list of great family weekend activities by the Times.

Bay TV and the Echo came down to make films about the installation. 

As Noisy Table is supported by Dunlop Table Tennis, it has received coverage on table tennis and sports websites like the English Table Tennis Association's, as much as arts and culture ones.

Our friends at Bido Lito! magazine, with whom the Bats and Bleeps battle of the bands ping pong challenge came into being, have documented each match of the tournament with photo galleries. 'Ping pong ding dong as bands compete' was the rather brilliant headline from Liverpool Student Media.

"Ping pong - it's all about the zeitgeist," said Creative Tourist, in an article praising the wide variety of table tennis activities happening around the North West and giving Noisy Table a mention. "The humble game of ping pong is becoming a lot easier and a whole lot more sociable to play."

Who can argue with that? Come along for a game on Noisy Table while you can - it's at FACT until February 24.