Winter Sparks

  • 13 December 2012 - 24 February 2013

Experience a light and sound show with electric sparks, interact with the dramatic charges from Tesla coils, and explore the mysteries of the Wilberforce pendulum, with work from four exciting international new media artists being seen in the UK for the first time. Winter Sparks turns away from the traditional understanding of the museum as a contemplative and interpretive white-cube space, and seeks to engage visitors in a journey through impressive large-scale installations exploring the connections between art and science.

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Edwin van der Heide

Edwin van der Heide
Artist (Netherlands)

Winter Sparks turns away from the traditional understanding of the museum as a contemplative and interpretive white-cube space, and seeks to engage visitors in a journey through impressive large-scale installations exploring the connections between art and science.


Each work, in its own way, seeks to make scientific processes visible, and all of the artists reference pioneering inventor Nikola Tesla whose many experiments included electricity, x-rays and wireless communications.

Within the tradition of Tesla's curiosity, the international artists presented here at FACT share a view of making 'direct art'. They talk about the external world without creating narratives or discourses referring to storytelling. Instead, they engage with a non-representational tradition of using the materials, allowing the experience to make an impression on the spectator. It is up to us to make meaning from these direct experiences of what, in some settings, might be termed nature or magic.

Winter Sparks is supported by the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec; the Québec Government Office, London; Mondriaan Fund and The Performing Arts Fund, Netherlands.

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Installation by Arciform

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Winter Sparks Explore Days

30 January / 13 February
Bring your students for a morning at FACT. Explore the exhibition with a special guided tour and take advantage of this rare opportunity to see the 1931 classic, Frankenstein on the big screen!

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School Tours

We offer guided tours for schools, please contact anna.kronenburg@fact.co.uk to book.

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Interactive Tours

Tour the exhibit with artist Kevin Hunt, explore the artworks and take part in some specially devised activities. For more information or to book contact anna.kronenburg@fact.co.uk

 

 

 

Teachers Resource

Our learning resource for Winter Sparks is available to download now from the Downloads section on the right hand side of the page.

Its packed with information, facts and activities about the artists and their works. To here from the artists themselves check out the links below:

Alexandre Burton answers some questions from young people on whether he is an artist of a scientist, how dangerous his work is and magic - http://vimeo.com/55555234 

Edwin Van der Heide talks about whether his work scares people, why he likes electricity and what his work means - http://vimeo.com/55552197

Peter Bosch of Bosch and Simons discusses how complicated their sculptures are, whether they really move by themselves and whether art should be fun  - Coming Soon

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Teachers Survery

FACT's Schools and Learning team are looking to hear from teachers to help develop their programme. Just fill out the following short survey to help FACT's engagement work and to be in with a chance of winning a year's FACT membership and a copy of We are the Real Time Experiment: 20 Years of FACT.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SchoolsandLearning

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jen.chapman@fact.co.uk

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