Mark Boulos #Echo @ FACT Liverpool

Mark Boulos @ Fact

FACT; many things to many people. On the rainy evening in question, it was the venue for the launch of Mark Boulos’s latest work; Echo.
The space lends itself perfectly to the installation and on entering you walk down the long, dark corridor into Gallery 1 wondering what to expect… As you turn the corner you are met with a large video screen. Scenes of early morning London shudder to life; police cars fly past…The noise is just the right side of Loud… This is a piece you take part in, three spotlights land on the floor beckoning you to stand in the eerie light. Once under the lights, you appear on screen, a ghostly reflection of yourself …. any movement you make is delayed, speech distorted, time desynchronized, ‘spatial perspective is broken and distorted’…the effect is very dreamlike or even similar to a drug a induced state (at least how we imagine a drug induced state would be!).

Inspired by neuroscientific and psychoanalytic theories of embodiment and selfhood, Echo has been developed in collaboration with Professor Olaf Blanke, Director of the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Brain-Mind Institute in Lausanne. Prof. Blanke has pioneered research to induce out-of-body experiences in test subjects

We love Art that gets people involved and this installation certainly does. The work is presented as part of the Abandon Normal Devices festival and runs 3 October – 21 November.

We highly recommend a visit..definitely go and see Boulos’s other work upstairs in Gallery 2, a collection of thought provoking documentary based works…it’s well worth a look…

Special thanks to Jen Chapman @Fact.

Until Such Time – the ‘Eye

EYESIGHT

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So, an eventful weekend for Liverpool’s music scene and no doubt some bleary eyed people out there today ;-). Friday saw Alan Mcgee’s 359 launch their club night at District and Sunday the North end of the City played host to the Stanley Park Festival…onwards and upwards folks…

Here’s a wee interview we did with 359’s Chris Grant Eye to Eye #11

Keep em peeled for this Fridays interview with John Lennon McCullagh…..

Until Such Time.. The ‘Eye

MANGO BIKES

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Stylish, affordable bikes you say? That you create yourself; from a variety of different coloured, wheels, chains etc?….On yer bike!…

Actually, its true. Mango Bikes was set up by Jezz Skelton and Ben Harrison (who were ex uni housemates) because they couldn’t find stylish affordable bikes…

We cant decide which colours look best together…take a look here and choose your scheme…

Festival of Firsts 6-14 July

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The festival runs 6-14th July and takes place on the Wirral or to be more specific, Hoylake, West Kirby and New Brighton in various venues.

To quote the festivals organisers-

“Wirral Festival of Firsts was established in Hoylake in 2011 to deliver an innovative, community based arts festival to encourage participation, the showcasing of local talent as well as the opportunity for the community to access and enjoy some examples of the best art, music and poetry in the country.
The Festival is run by volunteers consisting of an elected executive committee supported by steering groups and managers responsible for different aspects of the Festival.”

Sounds good to us.

The festival is directed and chaired by John Gorman, vocalist, comedian, actor…. You may know him from here

We digress, as well as the poetry andmusic on offer the festival will run workshops on a variety of arts from writing to would you believe it shamanism! There are also talks on various subjects as well as the host of acts for your delectation.

For a festival it’s a long runner and we think there’s something for everyone. We’re up for a bit of the Wirral Ukulele Orchestra and the various bands playing the festival. More importantly though this kind of festival needs your support so get yourselves there and tell them the ‘Eye sent you…

Festival website

The Eyelet

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Tomorrow sees the debut of our new feature…

We get many emails etc from musicians, just signed, unsigned or just starting out asking for a shout, so we created The Eyelet.

If you know any musicians that you would like to see featured, or you’d like to get your own music out there get in touch via our Facebook page. We welcome music beyond Liverpool as well!! Keep ’em coming!

 

Until Such Time – the ‘Eye

The Eyelet

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We receive a lot of mail from unsigned bands, solo artists etc wanting a mention, So……As of next week we will be posting links that the more unknown/unsigned folks have sent us.  We say unknown maybe you’ll know them maybe you wont….(all the more reason to tune in!)

The Eyelet #1 will be posted next week. If you know of  any bands you think should be under the spotlight, or you think YOUR band should be ….get in touch.

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Eye to Eye

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With Liverpool’s Sound City a mere 2 days away what better way to launch our new series of band interviews, Eye to Eye. Over the coming months we will be talking to our favorite up and coming and established bands. To begin with we have the Tea Street Band, Dirty Rivers, Bird and Jagwar Ma to name but a few. Stay tuned for more details.

Circles of Care

 

grey eyeHow far does your Circle of Care extend? For some it doesn’t go beyond themselves, for others its their kids, partner, family. Clicktivism has some people extending their CoC to worldwide concerns from the comfort of their armchairs, while other will get down and dirty with true activism. Fighting the fight on the front lines. With what’s going on in the world at the moment its hard not to give a shit about world affairs. More often than not though your left thinking ‘What can I do about that?’ then you go about your daily business.

While your Circle of Care is ultimately about self preservation I think when faced with natural disasters, wars, economic downturns, etc it sees people retreating and caring less? Because the weight of the problems leaves you feeling powerless and demotivated. When what the world really needs is more people to question what’s going on and extend their CoC further.

I’ll use Facebook as my case in point. You browse around clicking like on peoples posts and pages and before you know it you have all sorts in your feed about Worldwide causes needing your attention.

I suddenly had about five sites which report on misinformation spread by the American government and the host of stuff they get away with, on a daily basis and have done for years. I mean we all know about JFK, right?

Collective-evolution.com, True Activist,Gathering of the minds, Truththeory.com, the Max Kaiser report. all of these sites suddenly dominating my feed. You are provided with a mass of facts that are hard to deny ( and i think most will agree corruption runs deep in politics around the world) But, WHAT DO WE DO WITH THIS INFORMATION. Take to the streets armed with facts? I want to see change in the world and stop the capitalist rot that is destroying everything in its path. But the question remains. HOW?

http://www.naturalnews.com/037289_monsanto_corporations_ethics.html

We have been divided, distracted and dis-informed for too long. The majority of folks live in a lovely warm ignorant bubble. The truth is once its been popped, there’s no going back.

 

-Until Such Time.

 

Blowing Smoke and Patchwork Quilts

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While its very easy to point out other peoples success. it can come across like blowing smoke up their arse. Which is precisely what the device above was intended for.

As for Patchwork quilts the roads of Liverpool resemble a poorly made one. Driving has become a game of dodge the hole as you weave about the road as if driving a clowns car..Honk Honk.

-Until such time.