The New Observatory

Friday 23 June 2017, 11:00am - 11:00am

FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ

The New Observatory – A collaboration between FACT, Liverpool and the Open Data Institute (ODI) – transforms FACT into an observatory for the 21st century, bringing together an international group of artists exploring new and alternative modes of measuring, predicting, and sensing the world.

22 June 2017 - 1 October 2017


Image: Thomson & Craighead (UK), Recruitment Gone Wrong, 2017

Humans have always used tools to observe, but now technology alters our perceptions more than ever. Today we are all connected to ever-growing systems of data. Corporations, governments, machines and individuals are constantly tracking and interpreting the smallest details of our lives.

Artists in The New Observatory create instruments, or use data, to measure the world differently. They conjure new and untold stories, from the personal to the political, micro to macro. They collectively challenge assumptions and standardisation, investigating the moments when logic fails and how that failure might create new possibilities.

Artworks reflect upon how powerful observational tools, once the preserve of scientists, are now part of everyday life. Liverpool has its own unique history of observation. The Liverpool and Bidston Observatories, active from 1845 and 1867, monitored natural phenomena from the stars to the tides, and created their own bespoke scientific instruments. The exhibition engages with this history and spirit, reimagining what an observatory, and observation, can be.

  • Tickets: Free
  • Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 6pm

  • Dates: 22 June 2017 - 1 October 2017
  • Address: FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ