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The latest exhibition at the FACT gallery explores the use of social media, where most people access a social media profile and have an online identity. the exhibition runs from the 11th December until 21st February 2016.

Ant Hamlyn is a graduate of Liverpool Hope University who has been undergoing a residency in the gallery at FACT in Liverpool. His piece called The Boost Project explores how social media is used to seek validation.

The interactive piece inflates and deflates as it receives a like or is tagged with #theboostproject it will gradually increase in size until reaching its peak. If ignored, it begins to deflate. And it can be interacted with from the website theboostproject.biz where there is also a live webcam.

The Boost Project as displayed in the FACT gallery. Photo Credit: Brian Slater

One of the highlights of the exhibition was created and hollywood superstar Shia LaBeouf performed a piece of work called “#touchmysoul” in collaboration with Ronkko and Turner. The piece allowed audiences to phone in and speak to the artists including Shia LaBeouf.

Sam Aindow and Daniel Leung spoke to some Liverpool Hope University students who told us about their social media usage and how long they spend on social media, and also to Ant Hamlyn who displayed his work at FACT.

Social Media and Ant Hamlyn Interview by This Radio on Mixcloud

Header Image Credit: Brian Clough

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