newest and most innovative centre for film art and creative technology,
FACT, presents a new commission by New York-based artist Kristin
Lucas. Celebrations for Breaking Routine is Lucas' first major exhibition
in the UK.
Merseyside girl-led bands, Flamingo 50, Venus and Exit 3 were invited
by artist Kristin Lucas to write and record new songs about their
own visions of the future. Sometimes wistful, often defiant, the
songs - Like a Lady, Right to Speak and Science and Nature reflect
the young women's concerns with the environment and global politics
as well as personal dreams and aspirations.
© Kristin Lucas
performances and recordings form the core of Celebrations for Breaking
Routine. In the spirit of an event, videos based on the songs are
presented in a band shell derived from a Buckminster Fuller geodesic
dome. The design recalls the optimism of the World's Fairs of the
Fifties and Sixties. Through animated murals, Liverpool is projected
into a possible future - a time when, once again, anything seems
Lucas works with video, installation, performance, and the World
Wide Web to address and question the presence and effects of technology
on contemporary living. The "future" - as envisioned by
architects, designers, writers and filmmakers - has long shaped
perceptions of the world, inspiring great hope or fuelling the drive
to conquer and control the unknown - often regardless of the consequences.
Today, however, our ideas of where technology may take us are largely
shaped by global corporations and their marketing strategies.
graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art, NY in 1994. Exhibitions
include: Young and Restless at The Museum of Modern Art, the 1997
Whitney Biennial, revolution (International Symposium on Electronic
Art 1998) in Liverpool and Manchester, and a solo exhibition at
O.K Center for Contemporary Art in Linz, Austria in 2000.
for Breaking Routine is a FACT Collaboration Programme Commission.
For the past ten years the Collaboration Programme has brought together
artists with community groups to produce new media artworks through
collective learning environments. Celebrations for Breaking Routine
is the first in a series of three collaborations between FACT and
Venus Working Creatively with Young Women, Bootle.