What brought you to Liverpool, to work here at FACT?


Last year when I was working on a project together with Thiago Hersan, in the SP Urban Festival, the partner festival of Connecting Cities, I met Mike Stubbs, Director at FACT. He talked to us about his initial ideas for FACTLab and the upcoming Build Your Own exhibition, and also told us about opportunities to come and work on this project in Liverpool.

 

I'm very excited about the possibility of developing my artistic experiments and teaching in another environment, as this is what I have been doing in Brazil for the past few years. 

 

Can you tell us a bit about your practice as an artist?


I have always been interested in the practice of art; in ideas becoming physical realities. With my background in science and technology, I'm now trying to express art through different critical thoughts, from politics and education to simple aesthetic experiments.

 

Recently, I've been working with robotics, interactive installations and computer programs. I think technology is a powerful channel of communication, especially today where almost every human is directly involved in some sort of digital technology.

 

What are you most looking forward to about FACTLab?


I'm looking forward to seeing FACT grow as a production and collaborative space where you can meet people with different backgrounds, learn, share and build together.

 

Can you tell us amore about the programme of workshops, Hack Nights which will be held in the FACTLab space?


The Hack Nights will be informal guided study groups, where over the few initial weeks we will introduce basic concepts of creative computing and electronics using tools like Processing, Arduino and 3D design tools.

 

After the first six weeks, the Hack Nights become more of a creative environment where people can come to develop their own projects. What sort of things will people be able to get involved with / bring along?


Initially anything related to technology, electronics, computer programming, the web, robotics, or 3D design. But we also want to explore all sorts of materials, for example, Thiago is currently working with silicone mould casting, and I want to make a sculpture in metal using lost-wax casting and 3D printing as way of prototyping.


What do you hope that participants will take away from the programme of FACTLab events? 


I think the most valuable thing will be this new approach of collaboration between the public and the artist, the techniques and the process. FACTLab seeks to demystify and make contemporary art more accessible. Besides talking about technology, it helps to understand many aspects to our digital contemporary world, and perhaps understand why the word "digital" is now so commonly used, rather than "analogic" processes.

 

Now, without giving too much away, can you tell us a bit about the behind-the-scenes 'How-To' videos our audience can look out for? 


Thiago and I are working on a series of very short movies together to help explore the tools we'll be making available in FACTLab. We hope these will be funny and explain in simple terms more about some of the important tools in our workshop, like the soldering iron, Arduino 3D printer and others!


What's your favourite piece of tech-art and why?


That's a very difficult question - there's been so many projects, so many examples of technology I have seen, but if I have to choose, I'd go for a piece of work by Janet Cardiff. The Forty Part Motet is a multichannel sound installation where she plays with sounds of a choir, producing a very unique experience, almost like a spacial sound sculpture.


Fascinating! And finally, what's next for you after FACT - will you be going back to Brazil, or onto another project somewhere else?


I have nothing planned as yet, so perhaps another art residency or I might even join Thiago in his art startup project!

 

The Build Your Own FACTLab will be opening its doors on Thursday 4 June. Get involved with the programme of events and workshops here

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union