Celebrations for Breaking Routine

  • 10 May 2003 - 22 June 2003

Kristin Lucas works with video, installation, performance and the World Wide Web to address and question the presence and effects of technology in our media saturated world. Over the summer of 2002, Lucas collaborated with three girl-led bands - Venus, Exit 3 and Flamingo 50 - to write and record songs based on their visions of the future. Flamingo 50's Science and Nature was transposed for brass band by composer Paul Mitchell-Davidson and performed by Rainford Silver Band in a unique open-air performance on Liverpool's Albert Dock Waterfront in October 2002.

Like a LadyScience and Nature and Right to Speak differ from staple pop music fare. Written and performed by relatively new musicians, studio footage of the recordings show shy experimentation and low-tech reinvention of the polished performances and highly aestheticised surfaces of mainstream music videos. These songs and their recordings engage groups of people, strategies and issues that don't normally intertwine. Indeed, music now is so completely hemmed in by commercial interests that more explicitly politicised music - whether about gender ideology specifically, or critical issues more broadly - is often met with scepticism. With its karaoke-style set up. the installation disrupts the conventional relationship between music and listeners, and the standard channels of radio, Internet and commerce that connect them. 

A response to the heavy commercialisation of pop culture, Celebrations for Breaking Routine shares its ambition to create social and cultural networks and legacies using rock music with other contemporaries like artists Jeremy Deller and Le Tigre. Where most collaborative community efforts are linked to churches, synagogues, or government sponsored initiatives, and most music-making is now dominated by transitory fads and the cycles of international markets, Celebrations for Breaking Routine centres on the flexibility and mobility of "rock'n'roll" as a socially bonding and liberating form of entertainment and expression.



Throughout its existence, FACT has invested in experimental productions by artists and communities, and like many cultural institutions it has a stake in future generations of local creatives, firebrands and talents. How does the city nurture its young people to experiment and find their own voices within its current public culture? How do young women think about their future? How does technology get introduced into the city, historically and currently? Discuss...

Celebrations for Breaking Routine is a FACT Collaboration Programme Commission. The project was realized in partnership with Venus Working Creatively With Young Women, Bootle, Rainford Silver Brass Band and The Merseyside Majorettes, and was funded by Arts Council of England, BT North West and Arts & business North West.