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An 18 minute single shot walk-through of the Re-Dock exhibition at FACT Liverpool – ‘Can You Hear Me? I Can See You!’. The installation was developed through the Advice Portal project, working with sheltered housing residents to explore the implications and possibilities of communications technology. See the space, learn about the works, meet the project team and the artists involved – all in one epic take.
An 18 minute single shot walk-through of the new Re-Dock exhibition at FACT Liverpool – ‘Can You Hear Me? I Can See You!’. See the space, learn about the works, meet the project team and the artists involved – all in one epic take.
The Moston Small Cinema project continues with this special film event taking inspiration from the heritage of the North Manchester site
3 days, 3 films related (loosely) to mining – pure UNDERGROUND CINEMA! Plus, we’re preceding each screening with an archive short from 1910 – A Day in The Life of a Miner, courtesy of the North West Film Archive
FRIDAY 21ST JUNE, 8PM – MY BLOODY VALENTINE (15)
The original 1981 schlock horror, restored to bluray, featuring a maniac miner who has a grudge against valentines day sweethearts in a coal-mining town. Read more…
Tickets £3 - buy tickets here.
Liam Neeson stars in this 1990 drama about a Scottish miner who takes to bare-knuckle boxing to support his family during a union strike. Read more…
Independent film set during a violent miner’s strike in a quiet Northern village in 1974. A teenage artist meets the gorgeous new girl from London but their attempts to escape make him betray his family, community and best friends. Followed by Q&A with director Andrew Simpson. Read more…
Tickets £3 – buy tickets here.
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Re-Dock and Tenantspin present an exhibition of prototype communication devices, developed through an experimental workshop and training programme with residents of Your Housing sheltered and supported accommodation across the North West.
Through activities and practical advice sessions as part of the ADVICE PORTAL project, artist collective Re-Dock and artist/educator Jon Turton have worked with Your Housing residents aged 55 to 95 to discuss technological innovations within their lifetimes, whilst exploring the outer limits of emerging telecommunications platforms.
The sessions have acquainted the resident groups with iPads, Skype, social media and online research tools, whilst drawing inspiration from people’s memories and experiences of the early days of electronic communications technology.
The show also features 3 new interactive commissions by artists Dave Lynch, Jon Astbury and Sam Meech. A series of prototype devices have been constructed which investigate questions such as “What message would you send to your younger self?” “Can we send a message into space?” “What are the uses of telepresence in an everyday residential setting?”
Everything from early theatrical techniques (particularly the peppers ghost effect) to 20th century versions of apparitions, the video phone in sci-fi cinema to teleportation and the domestication of video-conferencing through products and services like Skype over the last few years has inspired the work in Can you hear me? I can see you!
Presented as an open sketchbook, the ideas shared in this exhibition are works in progress with the opportunity for you to test things out.
The show runs from 17th May - 2nd June in the FACT Connects space.
This project has been commissioned through FACT’s Collaboration and Engagement Programme, funded by The Baring Foundation.
As part of the PORTAL project, we’ve been working with Tenantspin to deliver workshops supporting sheltered housing residents in using iPads. Our approach to this has been to frame the device as the latest step in a series of technological innovations experienced in the life-times of the residents. We have also been discussing possibilities of telepresence, and the ideas expressed through science fiction literature and film, to question to what extent these devices are now present in our everyday lives.
This week we looked at using the video camera function of the iPad, with a view to recording video messages.
Outline – A permanent cinema installation in Moston, North Manchester, developed through community research, film commissions and a festival.
Partners – Buddliea, Manchester City Council, Miners Community Arts and Music Centre
Background – The Moston Small Cinema is the most ambitious expression yet of the Small Cinema project, working with volunteers over 12 weeks to create a permanent screening space in the heart of a community. The result: a 70 seater cinema, replete with authentic cinema seats, built with donated materials, housed in a former miner’s wash house. The project combined community engagement, research and film-making to inform an ambitious plan to develop a cinema facility and hold a 10 day festival of screenings and workshops in November 2012.
The project was commissioned by Buddleia and funded by Manchester City Council, as a means to explore the impact of longterm artist residencies in North Manchester. The cinema continues to be developed as a volunteer-run facility with support from Re-Dock and stakeholders from the community, and has hosted local film premieres, documentary screenings, children’s matinées, theatre shows and fundraising events.
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