This spring, a special programme of pop-up exhibitions will be showcased in the FACT Connects space, in the foyer at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). FACT Connects is a wide- ranging programme, which engages with members of the community, and allows FACT to connect even more with artists, musicians, and makers.

The first two FACT Connects exhibitions of 2016 will explore perspectives on disability and empowerment, as well as delving into Liverpool’s position as a catalyst for digital innovation.

Trace Elements
4 March – 3 April 2016
Trace Elements by renowned international artist and technology expert Simon Mckeown will invite visitors to explore the mind blowing world of 3D projection mapping, shadow puppetry, and engage with art which considers disability through collaboration.

In 2015, Mckeown created Cork Ignite; a new commission and large-scale live event using six of Europe’s largest outdoor projectors to present a huge artwork in Cork city centre. The project was developed through a series of workshops with people of different ages and with different needs, exploring the perception and production of art which considers disability.

©   Clare Keogh

Simon McKeown – Cork Ignite. Cork City Centre, Ireland 2015

Mckeown based his artwork on the outcomes of these workshops, using traditional techniques such as shadow puppetry, combined with contemporary methods of projection mapping. Trace Elements at FACT will provide an insight into the collaborative process through behind-the-scenes videos and local news footage from the event, and invite the public to try out shadow puppetry for themselves in the FACT Connects space. There will also be a two-part projection mapping workshop held at FACT, bringing together participants from FACT’s community groups to learn to create and project their own artwork onto a surface in the space.

On 1 April, coinciding with Trace Elements, there will also be a free event in the Box hosted by FACT and local partners to discuss arts, disability and collaborative practice. The event will explore the city’s current work with disabled artists, participants and communities, and will present work including exhibitions by Simon Mckeown and Brown & Son, as well as guest speakers from across the local arts, culture, healthcare and community settings. Please find more information and book your free ticket on the FACT website.

Scouse Roots: Art that makes itself

8 April – 1 May 2016

Scouse Roots: Art that makes itself is a new show by Liverpudlian father and son artist duo Paul and Daniel Brown, telling the story of the artists’ roots in the city, and Liverpool’s influence on digital creativity generally. Coincidentally Daniel is disabled and the exhibition will explore empowerment through digital design in computer based and generative art from two generations.

Although the visual appearance of the two artists’ work is very different, the tools and processes they use are similar. Both rely on computer code to create their work and inhabit a role somewhere between artist, designer, and engineer, working with logic and mathematics to generate their artworks. They have exhibited widely, and both earned international reputations for their pioneering work in the algorithmic arts.

The exhibition at FACT will explore the history of digital art by showcasing several of Brown & Son’s early artworks, including pieces made while in residence in Liverpool. By also showing more recent pieces, the exhibition will illustrate the continually advancing possibilities for technologically developed artwork, and how artists work with computers to explore their ideas. This way, the exhibition will look at how Paul’s ground-breaking media based practice has expanded into the pieces Daniel now creates.

The exhibition will also showcase documentary work relating to other pioneers of code art, illustrating the city’s, and the North West’s, contribution to the field, both in the UK and internationally. This exhibition also has special significance to FACT, as Brown & Son had a close relationship to the late Roy Stringer, who was one of the early pioneers of the digital media industry, former Chairman at FACT, and the creative visionary who set up Amaze.

For More Info Visit The FACT Website Here