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Liz Magic Laser, In Real Life (2019). Installation view at FACT. Photo by Rob Battersby.
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REAL WORK

Tue - Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Free Entry

Gallery 1 & Gallery 2

Part of the Summer 2019 season

Real people. Real stories. Real work.

Immerse yourself in two new powerful installations by artists Liz Magic Laser and Candice Breitz. REAL WORK is a major exhibition at FACT that presents 15 people’s uncensored stories about work that goes unrecognised. From a Liverpool scriptwriter to South African sex workers, the exhibition lends a voice to those who typically remain unheard.

In Real Life (2019) by Liz Magic Laser highlights the experiences of five freelancers, who rely on work they find through online platforms and apps such as PeoplePerHour, Upwork and Fiverr. Developed as an experimental reality show, each episode follows one of the five gig-worker cast members. They are seen taking part in a professional development and tech-savvy self-care programme, designed by Liz Magic Laser in collaboration with a life coach and a spiritual advisor - both of whom also function in the online gig-economy. We witness their personal journeys of discovery and self-care, as they follow a training programme consisting of “biohacking” tools which use technology and cutting-edge research to improve their quality of life and work.

Sweat (2018) by Candice Breitz sees the artist collaborate closely with ten members of a community of Cape Town-based sex workers, who each offer a series of anecdotes and insights into their lives and labour. All ten individuals are activists affiliated with SWEAT (the Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce). Their statements—each of which is ten- tweets-long in duration—are drawn from a series of longer interviews. Shown for the first time as an immersive 10-channel video installation at FACT, the resulting cacophony of voices addresses the rampant gender-based and racist violence that sex workers face on a daily basis. Sweat (2018) addresses the lack of legal protections within the sex work industry, insisting on the necessity of extending human rights and labour rights to sex workers. The work features the voices of Zoe Black, Connie, Duduzile Dlamini, Emmah, Gabbi, Regina High, Jenny, Jowi, Tenderlove and Nosipho ‘Provocative’ Vidima.

REAL WORK is a legacy project from The Future World of Work season, commissioned by Culture Liverpool as part of the Liverpool 2018 programme.

Header image: Liz Magic Laser, In Real Life (2019). Installation view at FACT. Photo by Rob Battersby.

Still of Zahid Iqbal/thelancersinc, graphic designer on Fiverr, Pakistan. From Liz Magic Laser, In Real Life (2019). Courtesy of the artist. Various Small Fires (Los Angeles), Wilfried Lentz (Rotterdam).

Artist Talk: Liz Magic Laser

Join us for a round-table discussion with artist Liz Magic Laser in conversation with the real-life gig-workers starring in her experimental reality show.

LightNight: Ritual, 2019. Photo by Rob Battersby.

Do Something Saturdays

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Dear future me. Have you survived the robot uprising? Are we still talking about Brexit? Send a message to the future you and thank yourself later. Drop in on Saturdays to learn and create as a team with family and friends. Free refreshments provided. 

Sweat Jowi

Curator Tour

Join us for a guided tour of our summer exhibition, REAL WORK, for an in-depth look at works by Liz Magic Laser and Candice Breitz.

Body Arcana

Workshop: Body Arcana

If your body could speak, what would it say? Join us for a performance with British Ghanian artist Lesley Asare who creates large-scale drawings using her body.

Bristol Relay Outside Spike Island Open Studios A

Talk: Precarity in the Arts

Join a-n, the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK, in conversation with artists in Liverpool on the ongoing debate about precarious work in contemporary art.

Do Something Saturdays

Proto-Live Summer Camp (8-10 year olds)

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In our latest Proto-Live Summer Camp, you will design wonderful devices to support your future job, apps to fix your well being and work together to decide what kind of work is important for the future of the planet!

Protolive To Use Learning Young People

Proto-Live Summer Camp (11-16 year olds)

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In our latest Proto-Live Summer Camp, you will design wonderful devices to support your future job, apps to fix your well being and work together to decide what kind of work is important for the future of the planet!

Sweat Jenny 1

Curator Tour

Join us for a guided tour of our summer exhibition, REAL WORK, for an in-depth look at works by Liz Magic Laser and Candice Breitz.

Sex Work City Walk

Tour: Sex Work City Walk

A unique opportunity for a guided walk of Liverpool’s sexual entertainment venues. Led by activist, performer and researcher, Dr. Gemma Ahearne.

Birmingham Complaints Choir

Artist Talk & Film: The Liverpool Complaints Choir

Meet the artist duo Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen plus the singers from The Liverpool Complaints Choir for an artist talk and special screening of their new film that documents the story behind the choir.

LightNight: Ritual, 2019. Photo by Rob Battersby.

Families Takeover

Join us for a family takeover day, where young people will compete against their families in fun, exciting activities.

People in cinema

SYMPOSIUM: REAL WORK

In collaboration with Edge Hill University, this full-day event presents discussions about the past, present and future issues of precarious and invisible work.

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