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Four artists imagined the shape of things to come in Factory International's new home

Factory International's new home, Aviva Studios, is a cultural space where the art of the future will be made. For our Virtual Factory series, we invited some of the world’s most exciting artists to create online artworks that imagined the shape of things to come in our future home. Each of the artists in the Virtual Factory series use visual art, film and digital culture to reimagine our world and construct new worlds of their own.

The final project in the Virtual Factory series will launch later in 2023, with a new film by director Jenn Nkiru.

An illustration by Eleanor Davis showing two nude characters walking to the right of the frame. The character on the left holds a boombox on their shoulder.

We Dwell In Possibility

For MIF21, video game developer Robert Yang and illustrator Eleanor Davis created We Dwell In Possibility, a browser game that invites you to imagine a garden shaped by intimacy and politics, with music by Aya. Learn more here, or play the game for free on any device on the Virtual Factory website.
Close up of a white woman's eye. She is horizontal. Green shiny dots make up the shape of long stemmed mushrooms

The Neon Hieroglyph

Turner Prize-winning visual artist Tai Shani led the second commission in the series, The Neon Hieroglyph; a series of videos that constructed a story-world drawing inspiration from her research into ergot, a fungus that grows on rye and other grains from which LSD is derived.
A screenshot of LaTurbo Avedon in Fortnite Creative - they are shot from the left side, and their face is lit by the blue light of the phone they are looking at.

Your Progress Will Be Saved

The first work in the Virtual Factory series was Your Progress Will Be Saved, an online experience created by elusive avatar artist LaTurbo Avedon that reimagined The Factory as a space within the hugely popular video game Fortnite's Creative Mode. You can explore it now online for free – as a Fortnite player, or on our special online adaptation of the game.

Accessibility

The Virtual Factory website has been tested by individuals with visual, auditory and learning disabilities and their recommendations have been incorporated where possible, though we recognise that the site will not be fully accessible for everyone. All visual assets will be subtitled and any live streams will have closed captions where possible. Where closed captions are not possible, transcripts will be made available. If you have any requests or suggestions about how we could make this site more accessible, please get in touch via access@mif.co.uk

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