FACT Centre

Orientation Wall

1999-2003

The Orientation Wall uses a conventional approach of a building-based CCTV system but instead uses it to provide feedback of the life of FACT back to its users.

It functions as the informational core of the building, providing a single composite live image of the activities within the building. Using a number of discrete video cameras sited at specific locations throughout the building, the wall generates a dynamic exposure of the life and workings of the FACT Centre to visitors to the building.

It is located in the busiest part of the foyer, between the Tickets and Information area and the Media Lounge and is formed by 14 LCD monitors mounted on 7 columns. Text data is generated live from a content management system designed specifically for the project by SODA, providing automatically updated programme data throughout the day, while visual images are provided by cameras located in spaces throughout the building.

In addition, the central display on the orientation wall is a live arial view from the roof of the building looking towards the sunsets over Liverpool bay.

The sun, representing the primary source of illumination, tracks across the field of view, while the context of Liverpool bay, the prime geographical and historical signifier of Liverpool, frames it and channels it to deep into the heart of the building itself.

UPDATE 2012: The Orientation Wall has been dismantled by the current operators of the FACT Building