Brendan Dawes's digital portrait of Liverpool

  • 7 December 2012 - 24 February 2013

New artwork for the city on show at FACT. The hot topics that get Liverpool talking online have been captured for the first time, in a unique digital portrait of the city created by world renowned digital artist, Brendan Dawes. The results can now be seen in the FACT Bar, where the work is on display through to the new year.

Commissioned by EE to mark the of arrival 4G in the UK, Dawes worked closely with a data analysis team at University College London (UCL), capturing the social media conversations and topics trending across the region over the three day period from 29 - 31 October 2012.

Dawes and UCL aimed to dig deeper into the topics that affect how people communicate in the city, and what they talk about when they go online.

Dawes said, "People know the Scouse accent as soon as they hear it. Now, for the first time, we've discovered what it actually looks like."


He added: "This design is a modern sophisticated response to the representation of a city - formed from millions of bits of data as people talk and interact about the biggest events of the day. The shape, derived from nature, evoking the organic nature of a network softens the often harsh representation of digital, leaving instead an impression of a modern dynamic system, that we call cities, in the 21st century."