Ars Electronica Garden Liverpool presents four days of performances, conversations and tours about The Living Planet. Taking place at FACT and online, the mini-festival presents augmented reality performances by artist collective Keiken, a narrative game experience and artist talk with Kasia Molga and Ivan Henriques, and a virtual exhibition tour that invites you to see FACT’s galleries from the perspective of non-human species.
The Living Planet
The multiple crises that have dominated this year have laid bare grave social inequalities and the fragility of our relationship with the natural world. The desire to come together in collective response to the climate crisis and racial injustice has been frustrated by the equally pressing need to isolate and contain a disease that is disproportionate in its effects on the most vulnerable in society. How, in this time of separation and increasing alienation from one another, can we use readily available technologies to augment our perception of ourselves and our realities, and to connect with others (both human and non-human) in ways that are sensorial and empathic? Can we unlearn the physical limitations of our identities to exist in other speculative forms that transform and transpose us to the collective bodies we wish to be with?
Expanding on FACT’s year-long exploration of The Living Planet, Ars Electronica Garden Liverpool will feature livestream performances, artist conversations, an online interactive fiction game where users can explore a visual and textual world created from a conversation between two artists, and exhibition tours from the perspective of non-human species.
As part of The Living Planet, FACT’s programme focusing on the non-human, the artist collective Keiken have developed a multi-layered participatory project called Augmented Empathy in collaboration with FACT’s Learning team.
This immersive exhibition brings you face to face with animals from around the world through film, art and creative technology.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and funded by Liverpool City Council.