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Celebrations for Breaking Routine
Flamingo 50
Flamingo 50

Kristin Lucas with Flamingo 50, Exit 3 and Venus

Celebrations for Breaking Routine

10th May - 22nd June @ FACT

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Liverpool's 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.

Exit 3

Three 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.

Majorettes © Kristin Lucas

These 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 possible.

© Kristin Lucas

Kristin 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.

© Kristin Lucas

Lucas 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.

Celebrations 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.


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