Expo 2017 Astana: We Are Energy
Aug
25
to Oct 6

Expo 2017 Astana: We Are Energy

We Are Energy is an architecture and animation exhibition by Factory Fifteen. Commissioned by UK Trade & Investment, the artwork forms part of architect Asif Khan’s UK Pavilion at the World Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan. It celebrates British innovation, creating a unified and animated landscape of a past, present and future Britain.

The exhibition showcases a triptych that interweaves three animations played on a loop. Scenes of industry, transport and energy production unfold over five generations. Steam trains and canal boats move coal and steel throughout the vista; while refrigerated vehicles transport consumables between farms and cities. Within this vision, communities can develop sustainably through graphene innovation and its ability to desalinate seawater. Natural energy is harnessed throughout, including the largest offshore wind farm, solar panel array and even high-altitude kite energy.

This event is free and runs from 25 August until 6 October 2017.

Open weekdays, 09:00-17:30. 

 

Factory Fifteen is a directing collective formed by Jonathan Gales, Paul Nicholls and
Kibwe Tavares. As trained architects and designers, they bring a mixed media approach to film-making. They have directed renowned, thought-provoking short films, narrative driven music videos, animations for brands, interactive websites and immersive installations. Their multi-disciplinary talents and distinctive approach to film-making has been engaged by high profile brands including Channel 4, BFI, UEFA, Samsung and Guinness.


The collective has won a raft of awards, including the Jury Prize for animation direction
at the Sundance Film Festival, Best Music Video (Berlin Music Video Awards), Best
Architectural 3D Film and Best Architectural 3D Image. In addition, their creative shorts
and artwork has been exhibited internationally at festivals and venues such as SXSW,
Onedotzeoro, Arts Electronica, Alpha-ville, The Creator’s Project and The Whitechapel
Gallery.

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CHTHONOPOLIS: A NIGHT WITH NIC CLEAR
Jun
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

CHTHONOPOLIS: A NIGHT WITH NIC CLEAR

Join us at The Factory for the launch of Chthonopolis - A Night with Nic Clear

Chthonopolis is an exhibition that explores the subterranean post-singularity city. Called ZeroSix and located on the Gold Mine peninsula in the Thames Estuary, it attempts to encourage people to 'remember utopia' by inverting the traditional hierarchical relationships of vertical space.

Nic Clear (Head of the Department of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Greenwich) will be talking about this new subterranean project, with a Q&A to follow. The night will play out to a curated 'Gold Mine' soundtrack, with a drinks reception.

This event is free, but booking essential. Book here.

 

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Chthonopolis
May
4
to Jun 23

Chthonopolis

  • 120 London Road London, England, SE1 6LF United Kingdom (map)
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Chthonopolis is an exhibition that explores the subterranean post-singularity city. Called ZeroSix and located on the Gold Mine peninsula in the Thames Estuary, it attempts to encourage people to 'remember utopia' by inverting the traditional hierarchical relationships of vertical space. The brainchild of Nic Clear, Head of Architecture & Landscape at the University of Greenwich and Hyun Jun Park, the project's labyrinth spaces are huge Memory Palaces with cognition and perception at the heart of the design. 

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Spitfire Audio Pop-Up
Apr
10
to Apr 21

Spitfire Audio Pop-Up

Spitfire Audio celebrates their 10th anniversary and the launch of pioneering music software, BT Phobos here at The Factory.

Masterclasses by top composers are available throughout the pop-up and visitors are encouraged to try out BT Phobos, a new synthesizer for composers writing cinematic electronic and hybrid compositions. 

Factory Fifteen created the User Interface for BT Phobos and also designed the launch film, which you can watch here.

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Cohesion : The Blueprints of Eric Wong
Mar
1
to Apr 7

Cohesion : The Blueprints of Eric Wong

This exhibition is a celebration of architecture as illustration. Ten visionary drawings by Eric Wong tell the story of 'Cohesion', a future where a new capital city has been created for the United Kingdom. The project is a speculative driver and investigative model to cultivate accessibility, green sustainability and compassion through architectural drawing. 

Eric studied Art and Architecture at the Byam Shaw School of Art, Central Saint Martins. He completed his undergraduate degree at Cardiff University and later graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He was nominated for the RIBA President's Silver Medal 2016 and is a recipient of the Bartlett School of Architecture Medal for outstanding academic achievements in professional performance, the Sir Banister Fletcher Medal for highest marks in Part 2 graduate studies and the Fitzroy Robinson Drawing Prize for best drawings in Part 2 graduate studies.

www.ericwong.co.uk

Tickets to the private view are free but booking is essential. Please register here.

Open at The Factory on weekdays, 1 March - 7 April 2017 10:00 - 17:30

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Justin Mortimer in Conversation with Daniel P. Carter
Feb
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Justin Mortimer in Conversation with Daniel P. Carter

A conversation between artist Justin Mortimer and artist/musician, Daniel P. Carter. The event marks the close of Justin Mortimer / While the Worst, an exhibition showcasing a selection of collages and a major new painting by the artist.

Hosted by Jonathan Gales, creative director and co-founder of Factory Fifteen, the talk will shed light on both artists' working practice and explore the role of the artist in contemporary society.

This event is free but booking is essential. Book here.

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Justin Mortimer is an acclaimed British painter, recognised for his paintings of well known high society including Harold Pinter, Sir Steve Redgrave and Queen Elizabeth II. He won the National Gallery's BP Portrait Award in 1991. His solo show, It Is Here will be exhibited at Parafin gallery from 30 March until 20 May 2017.

Daniel P. Carter is a British artist, musician and radio DJ. He is currently the singer and guitarist for hardcore punk band Hexes, bassist for A, and guitarist for metal group Krokodil and alternative rock band Bloodhound Gang. Daniel is also the host of BBC Radio 1's Rock Show.

Justin Mortimer / While the Worst  is currently exhibited at The Factory until 3 February (weekdays 10:00 - 17:30) - map.

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JUSTIN MORTIMER - While the Worst
Jan
12
to Feb 3

JUSTIN MORTIMER - While the Worst

  • 120 London Road, London SE1 6LF (map)
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Book your free place to the private view on 12 January here.

We are proud to have the privilege of showing a selection of Justin Mortimer's maquettes and collages alongside his painting work. 

This exhibition explores the unusual working process of the acclaimed British painter Justin Mortimer (b.1970). Mortimer is widely regarded as one of the leading British painters working today and is an emblematic figure for a younger generation, an artist who has pursued a particular vision and way of working independently of the vagaries of fashion.

Mortimer’s powerful paintings reflect upon a world in a state of disorder. Mortimer is an observer of the social and political upheaval that defines the international news agenda and recent works address events in the US, Ukraine, West Africa, Syria and Afghanistan. His paintings combine contemporary imagery sourced from the internet with archival material from old books and magazines in order to visualise a world in which nothing is stable or certain. In Mortimer’s work images are fragmented. This suggests the ways in the world is both fractured and constantly shifting, and echoes the tectonic cracks and shifts appearing in the old world order.

For each of his paintings Mortimer makes as many as forty collages. As each painting develops through successive iterations of its source material, Mortimer follows certain possibilities and rejects others, constantly returning to and refining, introducing new motifs and culling elements that are extraneous. Working in this way Mortimer has built up a vast reservoir of imagery over time, a visual compendium that reflects his obsessions and his very particular and idiosyncratic view of our times. This new project opens this process up for the first time by contrasting a mass of preparatory material with Zona (2016), a major new painting that is being exhibited for the first time.

The exhibition’s title is taken from The Second Coming (1919), a poem by WB Yeats, specifically the lines:

            The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity

Curated in association with Ben Tufnell of Parafin Gallery.

Justin Mortimer lives and works in London. He has won several prestigious awards including the EAST Award (2004), NatWest Art Prize (1996) and the BP National Portrait Award (1991). Recent solo exhibitions include Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham (2015), Parafin, London (2015), Future Perfect, Singapore (2015) and Haunch of Venison, London (2012). Recent group exhibitions include Blow Up: Painting, Photography and Reality, Parafin, London, (2015), The Nude in the XX and XXI Centuries, S|2, London (2015), How to Tell The Future from the Past, Haunch of Venison, New York (2013), Nightfall, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, Hungary (2012) and the 2011 Prague Biennial. His work is in numerous private and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, London, the National Portrait Gallery, Canada, Royal Society for the Arts and the Flash Art Museum of Contemporary Art in Trevi, Italy.

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Artist talk - Hynek Martinec
Nov
10
to Nov 11

Artist talk - Hynek Martinec

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Join us at THE FACTORY for a talk with artist Hynek Martinecand gallerist Ben Tufnell of Parafin to mark the close of Hybrid, an exhibition showcasing a selection of new paintings and drawings by the artist. 

Hosted by Jonathan Gales, creative director and co-founder of Factory Fifteen, the talk takes place on the penultimate day of Martinec's show, currently exhibited at THE FACTORY (weekdays 10:00 - 17:30) - map.

The talk will shed light on the mystery behind Martinec's oil paintings and drawings, which aim to distort ideas about time, history and spirituality, while appropriating imagery from vintage photographs and the Old Masters.

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Hynek Martinec. Hybrid.
Sep
30
to Nov 11

Hynek Martinec. Hybrid.

Hynek Martinec’s paintings and drawings explore ideas about time, history, reality and spirituality, often appropriating imagery from vintage photographs and the Old Masters.

Martinec's exhibition at The Factory juxtaposes two distinct bodies of work. The first is a pair of large new paintings, based on vintage portrait photographs taken in the J. Svodboda Atelier [in Prague] in 1929. These new paintings are contrasted with a group of drawings that combine motifs from different art historical periods with images from vintage photographs and the instantly recognizable signatures of great artists including Picasso and Duchamp. That the images and signatures do not match suggests a strange hybridity but also hints at the ongoing mechanism of artistic influence across time.

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Virtual Cities
Sep
1
to Sep 28

Virtual Cities

Virtual Cities invites architects, engineers and the general public to draw and experience space in virtual reality. The way in which we conceive and design spaces is changing. Using VR as a tool is radically shifting our perception of how to DESIGN, VISUALISE and EXPERIENCE space.

Virtual Cities will document over a period of 4 weeks, how visitors have responded to representing architecture through drawing in room-scale VR, using TiltBrush technology.

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Five Years of Factory Fifteen
Sep
1
to Sep 23

Five Years of Factory Fifteen

The Factory is home to Factory Fifteen, a design and directing collective formed by Jonathan Gales, Paul Nicholls and Kibwe Tavares. Their backgrounds range from architecture, 3D visualisation, engineering, animation and photography. They use a multi-disciplinary and distinctive approach to film making - working to the mantra:  “A design-led approach to filmmaking / A narrative led approach to architectural visualisation.

Five Years of Factory Fifteen celebrates the evocative images and animations the studio has created since its inception in 2011, with projects ranging from built Olympic stadiums to speculative, dystopian environments. 

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