'TENANTSPIN' by SUPERFLEX 1999

tenantspin is a Liverpool-based Community TV Channel. It was established by the Danish artists? group Superflex in 1999 and is now managed by FACT(Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), city-wide tenants and Arena Housing, a North-West Housing Association. This unique collaboration enables all parties to explore issues around ways of living and interacting.

For The Fifth Floor, tenantspin will design and establish a fully-equipped TV studio within the galleries where stories, opinions, and views will be collected from visitors, and where live discussions, readings and performances will take place. All content will be available on the tenantspin website.

tenantspin are also providing Media Training to individuals and community groups in Liverpool. In tandem with the International Festival stage, the tenantspin studio will be a hub for a live programme of events on The Fifth Floor.

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By working with tenants over an extended period of time, empowering them to lead and shape the programme, tenantspin developed their skills and creative practice. This approach to participation still lies at the heart of FACT?s Collaboration and Engagement Programme. 

In its formative years, tenantspin took the form of a Superchannel, a web-streaming platform and live-chat facility created before the rise of Youtube, that enabled tenants to produce online content. This allowed tenants to connect with their neighbours and the global community in real-time. Webcast content ranged in subject matter from serious topics relating to housing or welfare, to light-hearted subjects close to the tenant?s hearts. The project invited artists, leading cultural figures, experts and innovators from across the world to join them in their Liverpool studio to debate and contribute to the 1000 hours of broadcasted content and produce new work. In the later years, tenantspin continued to work in a social housing context working in neighbourhoods such as Sefton Park and North Liverpool developing tenant-led content, artist commissions and webcast content.

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