FACT is one of the UK's leading media arts organizations, housed in a versatile building encompassing three galleries, four cinema screens, a café and a bar. FACT’s mission is to provide a place for people, art and technology to meet, with the aim of nurturing and developing innovative minds, supporting emergent talent and creating a culture of curiosity. It was established in 1988, and has since been showing leadership in the fields of video, film and digital media, with ground-breaking exhibition, education and research programmes. The organisation aims to pioneer new forms of artistic and social interaction with individuals and communities, exploring issues of contemporary relevance through hybrid methodologies merging processes of research, education, collaboration, presentation and distribution. During its history, FACT has commissioned and presented over 250 digital media works with artists including Bill Viola, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Vito Acconci and Isaac Julien.
Mike Stubbs / Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) Liverpool - Director
Mike Stubbs is director of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK's leading organisation for commissioning, exhibiting, promoting and supporting artists' work and innovation in the fields of film, video, and new media.
Mike Stubbs' work encompasses film, video, mixed media installations, performance and curation. He has won more than a dozen major international awards including first prizes at the Oberhausen and Locarno Film Festivals, and in 1999 he was invited to present a video retrospective of his own work at the Tate Gallery, London. A selection of his work was featured at the 2003 Adelaide International Film Festival.
Trained at Cardiff Art College and the Royal College of Art, Mike Stubbs has worked for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image as Curatorial Manager. Previous to this, he was Senior Research Resident at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (Dundee, Scotland) and Director of Hull Time Based Arts, where he established several innovative schemes to encourage production and exhibition of new media art.
With cinematographer and producer Roland Denning, Stubbs co-founded Metamedia, a London-based production company specialising in art and music. He has produced installation group Granular Synthesis (Venice Biennale, 2002) and curated new media programs for various international festivals.
Stubbs has collaborated with performance companies, dancers and musicians in many of his works. He was exploring multi-channel cinematic installation, and participating in critical debates about the nature and future of new media art.