DXARTS Faculty James Coupe presents A Machine for Living at The New Observatory exhibit at FACT, Liverpool.
In his new work Coupe examines the power and meaning of surveillance in our everyday life. His four-storey wooden watchtower, A Machine for Living, occupies the main atrium at FACT galleries in Liverpool, offering a series of stages for observation designed as ‘a complete living system’.
Exhibition dates: June 22 - October 1, 2017
Curated by Hannah Redler Hawes (ODI) and Sam Skinner, The New Observatory includes interactive works, installations, sound, film, photography, critical design projects, drawing and mixed media. It will be the world premiere of Recruitment Gone Wrong (2016), Divorce Index (2016) and Curtain of Broken Dreams (2016), three new large-scale commissions by internationally renowned British artists Thomson & Craighead and Natasha Caruana, respectively, who were the ODI’s first ever artists in residence in 2015. Other confirmed artists are: Burak Arikan, Wafaa Bilal, James Coupe, Phil Coy, Julie Freeman, Citizen Sense, David Gauthier, Interaction Research Studio, Rachel Jacobs, Jackie Karuti, Kei Kreutler, Libre Space Foundation, Stanza, Liz Orton, Proboscis (Giles Lane and Stefan Kueppers), Jeronimo Voss, and Yu-Chen Wang.
The New Observatory is co-produced by FACT and the Open Data Institute.The exhibition is supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, Canada Council for the Arts, DXARTS (University of Washington), Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA), Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan), COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), and the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership. Commissioning Partners: Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival and METAL. Material sponsors: American Hardwood Export Council and Forbo Flooring Systems. Transportation Partner: Jayhawk