FutureEverything 2011

Now in its sixteenth year, FutureEverything festival is coming to Manchester in May.

By Lee Isherwood | 13 April 2011

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Art: Nicolas Felton, Adam Nieman, Iohanna Pani, Google Data Art
Music: Steve Reich, Das Racist, Beach House, Warpaint, Rob da Bank
Conference: James Bridle, Kars Alfrink, Sue Thomas, Juha van ‘t Zelfde

Now in its sixteenth year, Manchester’s FutureEverything festival has announced yet another original and innovative line-up of events for May.

Formerly known as FutureSonic, this is the essential place to find out what’s on the horizon in creative new technologies and digital culture. FutureEverything 2011 brings the future into the present through art, music and ideas.

With an interactive fun-day on Saturday 14 May, week-long music events, a free digital art exhibition and bars that measure brainwaves, The Umbro Design Studio will form the Northern Quarter hub of the festival. Other artistic interventions and music concerts will spill out across the city.

Music headliners include Steve Reich, Das Racist, Beach House, Warpaint, and live film scores realised by Rob da Bank (King Kong, 1933, PG) and 65daysofstatic (Silent Running, 1972 PG). See the full Music Line-up here.

FutureEverything founder Drew Hemment comments:
“FutureEverything 2011 explores the changing ways people live, play and create in an increasingly digital world. As computers become more human, displaying emotions and empathy, and social technologies are integrated into everyday objects and activities, people’s experiences and environments are becoming more mediated. The creative technologies showcased at FutureEverything will help us build a better, more connected society together.”

Emotional computing, the digital self and the integration of digital technology within our cities are al topics on the agenda for the two-day FutureEverything Conference at the nearby 4 Piccadilly Place. Visionary guest speakers, including James Bridle, Kars Alfrink, Sue Thomas and Juha van ‘t Zelfde, will explore how relationships between people and their environments are set to change in an increasingly digital world.

With stunning views over the city, just metres from Piccadilly Station, the brand new 4 Piccadilly Place business development will also form a second creative arts hub. Exhibits are due to include the world premiere of a one-to-one, reality bending performance by Brighton film-art collective Me and The Machine. Elsewhere in the city visitors can find Handmade creative hacking workshops at Victoria Baths and an interactive artwork from Elliot Woods activated by Xbox Kinect controllers. And throughout the festival Adam Nieman’s OurCity experiment will use Voice Your View technology to translate visitors’ views on Manchester’s future into actionable policy recommendations for the city.

A year-round organisation focused on digital innovation, in recent years FutureEverything has led Manchester’s Open Data revolution, guiding the city to be one of the first in Europe to embrace the next era of community managed digital societies. The Data Dimension art exhibition at 4 Piccadilly Place will look at ways in which artists and individuals can creatively visualise, personalise and make sense of streams of data. Highlights will include Nicolas Felton’s Annual Reports of everyday personal interactions, Nadeem Haidary’s posters revealing the nutritional content of food in art and presentations from Google and BBC Data Art projects.

Also see the Music Line-up here

For more information please visit www.futureeverthing.org follow @FuturEverything on Twitter or search for FutureEverything on Facebook.