This follows its incredible success in Singapore last autumn when it delivered its first large-scale international commission to great critical and public acclaim, including an endorsement from Prime Minister David Cameron.
Entitled Less and More: Rethinking Resources, the 21st FutureEverything annual festival will take place Wednesday 30 March to Saturday 2 April in venues across Manchester. Hosting events this year will be Manchester Town Hall, Manchester Art Gallery, The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester Central Library, Islington Mill and Soup Kitchen.
Combining a large scale cultural event – encompassing art, music and discussion – together with new technology and playful social experiments, Less and More will challenge audiences to rethink human resources and consider how we navigate an unknown future in a rapidly changing world.
Conference highlights will include presentations from a wide range of international thought-leaders, artists, scientists and academics including:
- Cellular scientist Abi Aspen Glencross, a pioneer of cultivating synthetic meat from animal cells
- Assemble’s Mathew Leung, a member of the 2015 Turner Prize-winning architecture and design collective
- Nesta’s Lydia Nicholas, a specialist in ‘Collective Intelligence’ and an expert in automated data gathering, data regulation, public privacy and government digital policy
- The University of Salford’s Andy Miah, Chair in Science Communication & Future Media, and a leading figure in the debate about ethics, emerging technologies and social media
And the cultural highlights set to be are equally challenging, provocative and engaging:
- The world premiere of Kingdom Come – a new collaboration between the experimental artistic persona Gazelle Twin, and filmmakers Chris Turner & Tash Tung, which will see unworldly audio samples and live vocal manipulation mixed with extreme physical performances together with a highly immersive film experience.
- Smoke Signals by Ed Carter and David Cranmer, a visual and sonic installation which will see a bank of smoke cannons generating a series of seemingly random smoke rings which have actually been triggered by the constant movement of data across email networks.
- Project Ukko by Moritz Stefaner, a joint climate science data visualisation project between FutureEverything, The Met Office and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre which predicts crucial short, medium and long term global wind energy patterns in a format which is both visually stunning and highly accessible to metrological professionals, climate change scientists, academics and governments around the world
- The Corridor by Andrew Hodson, an interactive audio project where the public can tune into a special soundscape via their mobile devices which has been created by local residents along the emerging Oxford Road Corridor district of Manchester.
There will also be a vibrant nigh-time programme of gigs, DJ sets and experimental music throughout the festival at various Manchester venues.
For more information and to book a place go to: futureeverything.org