Leonardo Network “Touchpoints” Workshop, May 19th…
…at the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT), Liverpool (www.fact.co.uk) in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University.
Touchpoints… The 2nd Leonardo workshop, in Liverpool on 19th May, puts centre-stage the artworks that we have committed to develop as part of the network project. How do we make them compelling as examples of technology, interaction and art? Bring your ideas… and hear how others are addressing the challenge.
This workshop provides opportunity to meet like-minded Leonardo Network members with whom joint working might be possible. Added to which, FACT’s rich environment offers its own forms of engagement: in particular, architecture, cinema and rope.
Architecture? There will be time to look round FACT, a rather striking building and ‘the UK’s leading organisation for the commissioning and presentation of film, video and new media art forms’, and visit the current installation by Vito Acconci – poet, performer and architect who has spent more than 35 years exploring the relationship between the body and public space. Early work featuring intimate interactions is contrasted with his recent architectural designs.
Cinema? For those who prefer their culture more ‘popular’, there is the opening of “Stars Wars, Episode 3″, at the FACT main cinema. The workshop ends in time for the 6.15pm showing (and even allows for a swift drink beforehand too). Check out, also, the screen in the foyer that relays live images of the cinema audience watching the film.
Rope? FACT stands on Wood Street opposite Ropewalks Square, an area where ropes were traditionally woven by workers along the length of the street. ‘Rope-making’ has been adopted as the official metaphor of the workshop.
Please find a (rough) schedule of the day, and location information below, with details of the bidding process to follow (you don’t have to be there on 19th to bid). NB. Do circulate this to colleagues and inform Sally Rainbird at [firstname.lastname@example.org] by 12th May if anyone else is planning to attend. There is no charge for the workshop, but we do need numbers for catering.
There will be an informal meal on the night before the event for anyone who wants to be included (please email me on [email@example.com] to join in) and overnighting management group members are intending to stay at the Travelodge Liverpool Central (see http://www.travelodge.co.uk/ for details) should you wish to book in here too.
10. 00 Registration and breakfast
10.30 Introductory exercises
11.00 Touchpoints Talk 1: Ideas from .:thePOOCH:.
11.20 Touchpoints Talk 2: Vito Acconci, Interactions
11.40 Tour of FACT – a cinema, art gallery, resource for artists and overall interesting building.
12.15 Bidding process briefing
12.35 Developing ideas briefing
1.00 Lunch – including a demo from Liverpool John Moores
2.00 Further pitches
2.30 Capturing ideas
2.45 Ideas marketplace
3.30 Revised and new pitches
4.30 Closing discussions
5.00 What next?
6.15 Star Wars (opening on 19th – you may want to book ahead – see: www.fact.co.uk/whatson/detail/?infoID=8623275732333722599) or further drinks.
Getting to FACT: 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ
For a detailed map see http://www.fact.co.uk/main/visit/how_to_find_us/?group=4&parent=43&link_id=43#map
FACT is in Liverpool city centre within walking distance of the main rail and bus stations.
From Lime Street station (with St. George’s Hall directly in front of you) turn left and walk along Lime Street for 50 metres until you reach the end of the station. Cross Lime Street at the lights by the Crown Hotel to Elliot Street Bus station.
Follow pedestrianised Elliot Street by taking the steps down from the bus station. Continue past Clayton Square shopping Centre (on your left) and Tesco Metro (on your right) until you reach Church Street (a large shopping street). Turn left when you reach Church Street continue to the end (about 50 metres) and cross Hanover Street to Bold Street via the traffic lights.
Follow Bold Street up the slight hill for 200 metres, at about 100 metres Bold Street ceases to be a pedestrians only zone, continue until you see RopeWalks Square on your right, by the fruit stall. FACT is across RopeWalks Square on Wood Street.