THE Liverpool Biennial is a 10-week festival of contemporary art, currently taking place at locations across the ciry centre. These are some of this week’s highlights:
FACT is holding a one-day event of talks and performance to celebrate its new series of Random Acts short films, created for Channel 4, which features work from artists including Marina Abramovic, Mark Wallinger and Hollywood actor James Franco.
Among the speakers will be Chip Lord, one of the founders of Californian digital art pioneers Ant Farm, famed for their 1968 work Cadillac Ranch, a row of cars buried in the Texas desert. Friday, October 25, 11am–5pm.
FOURTEEN artists have contributed to Echoes, an Independents Biennial exhibition at Toxteth Reservoir, October 29 to November 2.
THE infamous Pendle Witch Trials of 1612 are the inspiration for Unsettle, a cross-media work that uses audiovisual pieces, music and spoken word to draw the audience into the world of claustrophobia, dread, mundane ignorance and prejudice that led to the trial of 11 men and women, 10 of whom were later hanged.
With music by by Jonathan Aasgaard, principal cellist of the RLPO, and an electronic soundscape inspired by the Black Dyke Band's performance of Nigel Clarke's 1996 work The Pendle Witches. Metal, Edge Hill Station, tonight, 7.30pm, 9.30pm.
ARENA Gallery presents a solo show by Liverpool artist Matthew Lloyd, entitled Think Outside the Box, for the Independents Biennial, October 26 to November 3.
CRAIG SINCLAIR presents video and performance piece Bill is Dead, centring on a socially excluded man branded as evil by society. Wolstenholme Creative Space, Friday, October 26, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm.