FACT: Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing

Thursday 4 June – Monday 31 August 2015 

Open Tue – Sun 11.00 – 18.00


Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing will explore how digital technologies come together with traditional processes of production to create new ways of working, sharing and collaborating.

Will Shannon and Assemble’s new commission Homework will explore domestic spaces as platforms for experimentation, production and learning by setting up a casting factory in the backyard of a newly refurbished house on Cairns Street in Toxteth, Liverpool.

Linda Brothwell will carry out research within Liverpool’s large Polish community for her project Acts of Care: Liverpool Edition, in order to create paving slabs influenced by traditional Polish paper-cutting techniques and patterns. The slabs will be permanently incorporated into the street in a Liverpool area.

Rachel Rayns’ project Neurotic Machines (working title) developed with the Raspberry Pi Foundation will show us how an ‘Internet of Things’ machine – a Raspberry Pi greenhouse – can help us take care of our gardens, and DoES Liverpool will set up a production line of 3D printers at FACT, which will supply the components for building prosthetic hands for local people with real needs. The blueprints for the prosthetics are provided by the e-NABLE community’s open-source network, showing visitors how easy access to 3D print technology and open source projects can help communities and change people’s lives.

The wide range of projects that fit under the Build Your Own umbrella show that the nature of craft and DIY has changed drastically. The ability to make clothes, furniture and other household goods used to be absolutely necessary to provide for the family, but nowadays we are just as likely to create a website as to knit a sweater. New times call for new skills – but the old ones have an important role too. This exhibition will explore what the democratisation of digital tools really means, whom the emergence of new technologies will affect, and how traditional craft skills can connect with new digital tools.

The projects will be showcased through the exhibition at FACT, a series of creative interventions taking place across the city and an ambitious and inclusive public programme of talks, skill sharing workshops and maker hacks, a summer school for children and young people, a publication and a conference to be held in Norfolk. All activities intend to bring alive the joy of making.

Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing will tour to Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery 3 October 2015 – 3 January 2016, where the artists will work with local communities and develop their artworks further.


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