Building Worlds takes you behind the scenes of our opening show Free Your Mind to meet the teams and people that create a show.
What does art have the power or potential to do, when we allow ourselves to dream? We explore this in our new podcast, hosted by Gemma Cairney.
In the Studio
Artists and collectives show us the space where their ideas come to life.
Discover live performances from the best in the business and Manchester’s next gen of musicians.
Editor in Residence
Introducing our very first Editor in Residence: Kemi Alemoru. Taking over Factory+ for the next month, Kemi is exploring radical ideas about space. A writer and editor originally from Manchester, Kemi is the former Culture Editor of gal-dem – the editorial platform dedicated to centring people of colour from marginalised genders – and has worked as a presenter for BBC3 and Channel 4.
For Factory+, Kemi has commissioned some of the most exciting voices in contemporary UK writing to explore the theme of space. Through a series of articles and deep dives, Kemi has curated a range of viewpoints and opinions on the political nature of space and who gets to occupy it – from the sticky dancefloors of club culture to safe spaces for queer communities.Read Kemi's editorial
Postcards From Now
Postcards from Now presents five distinct perspectives on the Global Pandemic from leading international artists of every stripe – choreographers, musicians, visual artists, theatre-makers, animators and more. Commissioned and created at the height of the lockdown, these films explore everything from community to communication, patriarchy and power. And in very different ways, they consider the question that we’ve all been asking ourselves and others: what happens next?
Breathless Puppets [Akram Khan & Naaman Azhari]
Download & Run Zoom [Lucinda Childs & LA(HORDE)]
Love Campus ABCD 2019-2021 [Ibrahim Mahama]
Eve(s) [Angelique Kidjo]
Immersive Tech In Performance
In 2019, we began a major piece of research and development exploring how audiences of the future will experience live performance. Fifteen specialist organisations, including MIF brought together their expertise in theatre and performance, the music industry, video production, gaming and the research sector to explore what it means to perform live using technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality.
To celebrate the completion of this research many of the findings have been published at Findings In The Future, a collection of panel discussions and technical documents that share insights into the making of DYSTOPIA987, Dream and more.
Adapting Story, Character & Performance for XR
Performance, Puppetry and XR Stages
Cross Sector R&D
Physical and Virtual Counterparts: Blending Real and Virtual Worlds
Polyglot Radio [feat. Adam Thirlwell]
Chasing Phillip Glass [feat. Phelim McDermott]
The School Of Integration [feat. Tania Bruguera]
A Podcast For All Animals [feat. Sibylle Peters & Lois Keidan]
Alphabus [feat. Young Identity]
Explore the Tours
Tour of Captioning The City by Christine Sun Kim
Tour of Poet Slash Artist with curators Lemn Sissay and Hans Ulrich Obrist
Tour of Your Progress Will Be Saved with artist LaTurbo Avedon
Formations: Tino Sehgal and Juan Mata In Conversation
All Of This Unreal Time