Maxine Peake wearing a blue jacket and speaking – in They at John Rylands Library
Now available to watch on Factory+ following a sell-out run at MIF23 in the iconic John Rylands Library, Maxine Peake, Sarah Frankcom and Imogen Knight return with the film premiere of They – directed for the screen by Joseph Lynn. Available on demand until May 8.



Editor in Residence

  • Writer, editor and academic McKenzie Wark

    McKenzie Wark

    McKenzie Wark takes over Factory+ for Autumn 2023.

    Inspired by the iconic club scenes within The Matrix films directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, the New York-based academic and writer has commissioned a range of voices to muse on the question: where do you go to free your body? The responses represent a range of cutting-edge fiction, reflection and essays.

    McKenzie is the author, among other things, of Love and Money, Sex and Death (Verso Books), Raving (Duke University Press), and Reverse Cowgirl (Semiotexte). She edited the Trans | Fem | Aesthetics special issue of eflux journal and co-edited the Black Rave special issue with madison moore. She teaches at The New School in New York City.



This new browser-based video game from artist and world builder Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley explores Black trans identity, spirituality and resistance through vampires – all wrapped up in a 90s horror aesthetic.
  • We Dwell in Possibility

    The latest digital work in our Virtual Factory series is a queer gardening simulation by Robert Yang and Eleanor Davis.
  • Your Progress Will Be Saved

    LaTurbo Avedon journeys inside Fortnite Creative for the first work in our Virtual Factory series
  • Songs of the Lost

    Paloma Dawkins' magic-realist game odyssey through a surreal and absurd digital landscape.
  • Lost Memories Dot Net

    MIF’s first ever game commission, courtesy of one of the most innovative and individual video game designers working today - Nina Freeman.


  • Factory Works

    A new audio artwork and accompanying film by Neville Gabie – created with Nabihah Iqbal, Mark Thomas and the construction workers who built Aviva Studios.
  • Postcards From Now

    Postcards from Now presents five distinct films from leading international artists.that responded to the Global Pandemic.
  • To the Moon

    In this interactive essay, Laurie Anderson shares how she drew inspiration from constellations to create a new work in VR for MIF19, To the Moon.
  • Big Ben Lying Down With Political Books

    Explore Argentinian art pioneer Marta Minujín’s participatory artwork alongside comprehensive archives of her work.
  • Portrait Of Black Britain Online

    This online gallery profiles a range of Black people living in the UK today, the contributions they make and the roles they play in society
  • The Story of Aviva Studios

    Explore the journey from ambitious idea to landmark cultural venue through four commissioned projects.


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.

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