Giant Laser Beam Connects Tate and FACT Liverpool

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Look out for this, I think it’s switched on every evening. The exhibitions at Tate and FACT are very good too of course.

Giant laser beam to connect two Liverpool galleries

A huge green laser will conjoin FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) with Tate Liverpool this winter. Travelling 800 metres as the crow flies, the beam of light will make a symbolic connection between the two galleries during their joint exhibition of video artist, pioneer and composer Nam June Paik.

Artist Peter Appleton, who was behind the laser which joined the Anglican and Metropolitan cathedrals in Liverpool during 2008 Capital of Culture, has been commissioned by FACT to create the artwork, Laser Link, which references Nam June Paik’s innovative laser works.

The artwork also marks 2010 as the 50th anniversary of the laser.

Liverpool-based artist Peter Appleton, who has worked with new technology across the world for 20 years, is fascinated by the communicative powers of light. Appleton, whose work with creative technology builds on Nam June Paik’s legacy, will also be reconfiguring a previous work commissioned by Tate St Ives, State of Sea for FACT’s
atrium. The artwork will allow visitors to the building to interact with visitors in another part of the building across a beam of light.

Mike Stubbs, Director/CEO of FACT said:
“This laser will not only make an impressive visual connection between FACT and Tate Liverpool on the occasion of this collaborative exhibition, but will act as a fantastic tribute to Nam June Paik – the godfather of new media art without whom FACT, might not even exist!”

Nam June Paik (1932-2006) dedicated his career to pushing the boundaries of art. Considered to be the first video artist, Paik worked with then-emerging technologies such as satellite TV and was one of first artists to use laser technology in his work. The exhibition, which takes places across the two venues and runs from 17 December to 13 March, is the first UK retrospective of the pioneering Korean-born artist.

FACT’s exhibition will focus on Paik’s innovative use of creative technology. Visitors to the gallery will be able to see the UK premiere of Laser Cone: a major laser installation representing Paik’s ‘post-video’ period, as well as a range of Paik’s later video works.

Tate Liverpool’s exhibition offers a definitive look at Paik’s body of work, from the scores of early music  performances and TV works, to robot sculptures and large-scale video installations.

Kindly supported by Laser Quantum Ltd.

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