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FACT at 15

A weekend of exhibitions, performances, live music, talks and cinema, as our building became a hub of creative festivity. Artists from our past and future filled our spaces.

Part of the Spring 2018 season

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Reflecting on our role as one of Liverpool’s major arts organisations, FACT at 15 invited people to come and celebrate our history and future, with artists, musicians, filmmakers and performers from Liverpool and across the world.

When it opened in 2003 it was the first new arts centre to be built in Liverpool in 60 years; today, FACT is a central pillar of the city’s thriving arts community

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Our first exhibition, Isaac Julien’s 'Baltimore', was commissioned for the opening (and continued to tour for the next decade). Since then, we've exhibited artists including Pipilotti Rist, Black Audio Film Collective, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, LaBeouf Rönko & Turner, Anna Lucas, Orlan, Stelarc, Wu Tsang and more. Sharing the building with Picturehouse at FACT, our home has become a key cultural destination in Liverpool, attracting film lovers and filmmakers, international artists and curators and arts lovers.

Continuing our work with exciting artists and filmmakers, join us for a series of events from 11 - 15 April 2018 to celebrate this special year. Highlights from our party programme include:

Graham Dunning: Mechanical Techno

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Graham Dunning performs 'Mechanical Techno' at FACT at 15. Photo by Brian Roberts.

11 - 13 April / 6:30pm

Known for his vinyl hacks, coding, and turning analogue sounds into electronic music, artist and musician Graham Dunning will collaborate with intergenerational groups from Liverpool to create a new 'Mechanical Techno' composition, over a 3 day residency in FACT's foyer Learning Space. The new work will be performed on Friday 13 April.

Richard Ramchurn: The MOMENT

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12 - 14 April / 11am-5pm

Ramchurn previews his new work, 'The MOMENT', a brain controlled film, screening in a caravan in Ropewalks Square. Using audience members’ vital signs, each viewing creates a unique narrative using brain computer interfaces, the next step in innovation for mass markets.

Vicki Bennett, People Like Us: The Mirror

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Vicki Bennett performs 'The Mirror' at FACT at 15. Photo by Brian Roberts.

13 April / 5-6:30pm

On the opening night of FACT in 2003, artist Vicki Bennett conducted a memorable audio/visual performance. She returns to FACT in 2018 with 'The Mirror', her first dual screen performance, splicing movie snippets with original music to reflect the multiple versions of the person we present to the world as individuals.

Smriti Keshari: the bomb

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Still from 'The Bomb'. Image courtesy of Smriti Keshari.

13 April / 3-5pm

Smriti Keshari presents 'the bomb', an immersive film experience taking viewers through the strange and unsettling reality of nuclear weaponry. Combining archival footage, animation, music and text, the bomb explores the immense power of one of the most terrifying technological developments in human history, the perverse appeal these weapons have, and the profound death wish at the very heart of them. The artist will be present for a Q&A and discussion after the film.

Kinicho: The Cosmos

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Kinicho demonstrate 'The Cosmos' at FACT at 15. Photo by Brian Roberts.

11 - 15 April / 11am-6pm

Liverpool based innovators of sound Kinicho challenge perceptions of how we experience aural environments with an experimental pop up. This kinetic, sonic sculpture it uses synthesisers and 3D audio to enable you to create your own soundscape.

Robin Fox, Aurora Halal and Local DJs

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Robin Fox performs at 24 Kitchen Street for FACT at 15. Photo by Jay Chow.

13 April / 9pm-3am

FACT will take over the underground multi-arts venue 24 Kitchen Street, to present an extended DJ set of psychedelic, immersive techno from Aurora Halal. Artist and creator of New York's Mutual Dreaming party series and the Sustain-Release festival, Halal has toured some of the most forward-thinking underground clubs and festivals in the world, including Unsound and Berghain. Australian audio visual artist Robin Fox will perform a stunning laser show, synchronising sound and visual electricity in hyper-amplified 3D space, and the night will close with support from local DJ talent Binary + Malchance.

States of Play and 15 Years of FACT: A Political Perspective

As someone that studies politics, I find that the political value of the tech, creative and cultural sector is rather underrated, and with the 15th Birthday of FACT Liverpool this year, now is a better time than any to explore this topic further.

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