The announcement was made last night at the private view of Liverpool Hope University's Degree Show at the University's Creative Campus - where Hamlyn has just completed his third year - and marks an overall shift in FACT’s approach to making production a more visible part of the exhibition process.
Hamlyn’s proposal explores how social media can allow us to live in a paradoxical reality online, in which we can attain a false sense of belonging and temporary appreciation. He will create an inflatable structure that responds to social media interaction, by making the size of the living installation change depending on likes or other types of online recognition. This change in appearance will directly manifest the installation’s own popularity, working as a visual metaphor for how we are affected by the attention of others online.
Hamlyn will receive funding and technical support for the production of this project, which will be exhibited at FACT in December, and receive a stipend for the period of the two-month long residency at FACT.
Ana Botella, Programme Producer at FACT and member of the committee that chose Ant Hamlyn to be the winner of the Production Residency, said:“We are incredibly impressed by Ant’s proposal, and delighted to support him in bringing it to life. During the intense two months of the residency, Ant will work closely with FACT's technologists and producers in the context of our brand new pilot programme FACTLab - an experimental workshop space for technologists and artists to collaborate and produce projects in an open environment.
Ant's resulting work will then be showcased as part of our Winter exhibition, which will provide the perfect conceptual framework to share it with the larger public. We are very happy to be able to support Ant throughout the whole creative process of his project, including research, production, engagement and presentation. It is our wish that this production residency with Hope University is the first of many more to come.“
Funding for the residency has been provided by FACT, the Liverpool Hope Vice Chancellor’s Initiative Fund and an Innovation Award from the University’s Learning & Teaching Committee.