Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT)

Liverpool, United Kingdom
http://www.fact.co.uk

Credit: Still from Cohen Van Balen, 75 Watt, 2013. Supported by Arts Council England; Flemish Authorities; Ask4Me Group; Zhongshan City White Horse Electric Company; FACT, Liverpool; V2_Institute for the Unstable Media; and workspacebrussels. Image courtesy of the artists.

About the residency at FACT:

FACT would particularly welcome residency applications from artists whose research and practice is concerned with issues of labour, and how technological advancements are changing our relationship to work. This will tie into The Future World of Work, a city-wide programme reimagining what employment will look like in the near future. This is Liverpool’s flagship public art and social research programme for 2018, exploring challenging near-future work scenarios and the implications of technology and innovation on working life.

From sole traders to multinational corporations, working life has been irreversibly changed by technology and globalization, be it offshore call centres, flexible labour contracts, or automated production lines. With this in mind, and based on your own practice, we invite you to develop a proposal for The Future World of Work, which challenges thinking in a provocative and accessible way. Future World of Work revolves around five key themes (the gig economy, skilling up, working time, de-globalisation and automation and AI), and includes a new large scale participatory commission, residencies, research and innovation initiatives, and a whole series of public-facing events.

As part of the residency at FACT, the chosen applicant will be placed in a workplace wthin the city region in order to develop an artwork which reacts to that setting. These workplace residencies evaluate the social and economic considerations of work in the contemporary flexible workforce, be they beauticians, factory workers, or uber drivers. Please see the full summary for The Future World of Work project for more information and the scope of these workplace residencies, available at fact.co.uk/fwow

The Future World of Workwill be part of Liverpool 2018, a year-long programme of cultural projects to mark the tenth anniversary of Liverpool being European Capital of Culture.

The outcomes of the programme will be included in the exhibition taking place at FACT in 2019.

About FACTLab:

FACTLab is located on the third floor of the FACT building, next to FACT HQ - the main office. It is an adapted office space ideal for workshops, coworking, presenting, desktop-making, planning, and teaching. It includes work surfaces, a central bank of desks and chairs (seating approx 18), presentation screens and basic kit and computers.

Residents will also have access to a gallery prep space in which they can cut, paint and undertake and other dust-making work with access to a full range of basic tools (including power tools). FACT also have a Technical Manager, Learning Technologist, IT Manager and Video Production Manager on site who are able to troubleshoot and assist during your residency.

Below is an indicative list of the general kit we have available to artists within the residency space:

Screens:
1x 65” display 4K monitor

Kits and Maker tools:
6 x Raspberry Pi model B+ & peripherals
4 x Raspberry Pi model 2 & peripherals
10 x Arduino & programming cables
14 x Breadboards
Misc jumper leads & LEDs
7 x servo motors
7 x moisture sensors
7 x Infra Red distance sensors
7 x volume sensors
2 x heart rate sensors
8 x Ultrasonic sensors
5 x Soldering irons & gripper devices
1 x Oscilloscope
4 x MBot educational robots
1 x Bench Power supply.
1 x Makey Makey
6 x 5v A/C portable power packs

Printers:
1x Ultimaker 2+
1x Formlabs 2
1x UP! Plus 2
4 spools of Edge filament
3 spools of Verbatim filament
Various resins

Virtual Reality
1 x HTC Vive
1 x Oculus Rift CV1

Computers:

  • High-speed PC (i.e. ideal for rendering software etc)
    Specs: AMD Ryzen 1700 8 Core, 16 Thread, 3.7GHz
    16GB of Memory
    Very Fast Storage drive 256GB of storage
    4gb R460 GPU
  • 10x fully networked Intel Mac Mini 2014 computers equipped with both Windows and Apple Mac OSX (inc. Microsoft Office package). Ideal for teaching scenarios.
  • 1 Intel NUC i5 Computer for presenting on large screen + wireless KB and mouse.
  • HTC Vive
  • Range of iPads (4th generation)

Please note in addition to this, we also have a range of exhibitions-standard kit which can be used for testing and/or presentation if available, including:

  • Various Panasonic and Christie projectors
  • Varying size projection surfaces
  • 20x 40” NEC (and some larger Samsung) flatscreens
  • CRT monitors
  • Martin Audio and Genelec speaker systems
  • Sennheiser headphones

FACT also has a close partnership with the Liverpool School of Art and Design at nearby university, Liverpool John Moores. The school boasts a FabLab featuring laser cutters, powder printers, and large format 3D scanners. We are also very close to DoES Liverpool, a nearby makerspace, who host maker nights and have a wide range of kit which can be used by anyone after an induction, at a small cost.