FACT and Newcastle University.

Sound Spaces with FACTLab and CultureLab at Newcastle University

FACTLab and Newcastle Uni 1Funded by the Cultural Exchange (CX) Programme and taking place between August and October 2015 during the Build Your Own exhibition at FACT in the new public facing research space the FACTLab this programme of events developed 5 new co-design artworks and performances with the Liverpool public and academics from the Newcastle University. Working with local creative industry partner Kinicho who designed, developed and tested a pioneering new immersive and ambisonic sound stage the Icosahedron during the period, the research was accompanied by two “Show and Tell” events which took place in FACT, one in the Box and one in Gallery 1 (using the existing exhibition soundstage and three screen video capability).  The first with Liverpool-based artist Imogen Stidworthy and Lauren Moffett, both artists who worked with Kinicho previously and the second event was a unique audio/video performance by Phil Jeck, Simon Bowen, Tim Shaw and John Bowers. The recorded performances are being considered for digital release.

The research project included a number of new work (Sound Spaces) that were generated by a young person’s group who revisit the Old Docks and responded to the space, creating materials for the Soundlines interactive VR recreation of the spaces visited.

Sound Spaces was presented as an exemplary project in the CX programme at a recent All-party Parliamentary Committee meeting in Westminster (November 2015).

Roger McKinley, Research and Innovation Manager  roger.mckinley@fact.co.uk

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