Part of a groundbreaking nationwide public artwork, FACT have unveiled a new augmented reality exhibition to mark the 10th anniversary of the August 2011 UK riots. Artist Baff Akoto’s UP:RISE is on display in locations across the country where unrest was recorded a decade ago, and can be experienced via QR codes from 6th August to 30th August.
The exhibition can be accessed by visiting the Ropewalks Square venue and activating the QR code. There is also a programme of events relating to UP:RISE, and an accompanying website uprise-exhibition.com to find out more about project. The exhibition, event programme, workshops and online content explore themes of pathology, history and the underlying drivers of civil unrest in the digital age.
Baff’s UP:RISE continues a rich artistic tradition of works which memorialise and commemorate previously denigrated sociopolitical and historical moments such as Picasso’s Guernica, Accra Shepps’ Occupy Portraits and Kara Walker’s Gone, Battle of Atlanta.