Noisy Table is the first project and the launch of the FACT Connects programme, which is committed to reaching out to local artists, musicians, organisations and independent businesses, allowing their presence to be felt in the FACT building.
Created by artist Will Nash, Noisy Table is programmed with a library of digital
instruments and samples. The vibrations created when the ball hits the table are turned into sounds, which are then broadcast live back into the game. Buttons at either end of the table allow players to scroll through the library and change the sounds.
Nash describes Noisy Table as "an alter-table-tennis experience" that breaks down traditional barriers of art. He says: "People can feel intimidated when they are asked to join in by an artist, but they don't even think about that with table tennis. They just pick up the bat and start playing."
It will launch on December 6 with live music and DJs, and a 'battle of the bands' ping pong tournament will run while the table is in situ. In association with Bido Lito! magazine, eight local bands will take part in customising the table and competing against each other.
Noisy Table will be at FACT from 12pm to 6pm daily (11am to 6pm on Saturdays). Outside of these times, it can still be used if players bring their own bats and balls.