May sees the return of FutureEverything to Manchester. The festival itself is a combination of music, art and lectures from some of the most forward thinking minds around. There’s so much to see and do at the festival it really is a must see for anyone interested in digital media and arts, where as the musical events are a must see for everyone – it’s that simple really.
The big highlight for Example at this year’s festival has to be Amon Tobin. The Ninja Tune pioneer is bringing his ISAM A/V show to Manchester Academy in what promises to be an awesome spectacle. This show is also followed by a FutureEverything closing party curated by Selective Hearing and Idiosync and featuring Marcel Dettman, Faulty DL and more. This is also in the Academy so be sure to grab tickets for both whilst they’re still available.
Tickets are available on the FutureEverything website and you can get a pass which gets you into all the music events so check it out!
Full Press Release:
2012 FutureEverything festival attracts international artists, musicians and technology pioneers to push the creative possibilities of digital connectivity
Manchester’s pioneering FutureEverything festival will take place city-wide from 16-19 May, bringing together an explosive music programme, premieres of contemporary visual art and trailblazing speakers from around the world, in an entertaining exploration of the artistic and political possibilities of new participatory technologies.
FutureEverything 2012 features a line-up of ground-breaking artists and thought-leaders, including acclaimed electronic music producer and Ninja Tune artist Amon Tobin, performance art group Blast Theory and talks by a host of seminal thinkers including Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a past spokesperson for Wikileaks who instigated a massive change in the Icelandic political system through social media. The festival occupies the city across a diverse mix of venues including the Museum of Science and Industry and the historic Victoria Baths.
In its 17th year, FutureEverything 2012 takes inspiration from two significant milestones; the 75th anniversary of the Mass Observation Movement and the UN International Year of Co-operatives. The common theme for both movements is the changing nature of collective action which is examined by the art, music and conference strands of the Festival which, this year, is named ‘FutureEverybody’.
Drew Hemment, festival founder and director: “Technology has profoundly changed the ways people connect, work and play. Nowadays, we can collaborate with tens or thousands of strangers across networks to create original, sometimes beautiful media objects and new kinds of participatory experiences, this is no longer just the domain for geeks and tech-heads; everyone is affected by digital technology in the consumption and sharing of information.
“The art and conference programme explore these themes and the conference takes it one step further, examining the new forms of participation made possible by digital technology and considering the debate surrounding related trends from crowdsourcing to the Arab Spring, Wikileaks and Occupy London.”
Music Programme Highlights
Headlining the festival is Amon Tobin ISAM (Live), the spectacular A/V show from the Ninja Tune artist. FutureEverything brings the show to the North of England for the first time. With the only other 2012 shows taking place in Brixton and at Coachella festival, this offers a real opportunity for Northern audiences to experience the dizzying onslaught of projection mapping onto an enormous stage set – an A/V show that is truly dependant on both sound and visuals to create a masterful, 3D assault on the senses.
Where Amon Tobin heralds the pinnacle of A/V, Matthew Herbert’s One Pig marries production techniques with the absurdly theatrical to underline a political point. Tim Hecker performs his organ compositions in-situ within the wonderful St. Philip’s Church, a space also utilised by Forest Swords. Alt-J and No Ceremony headline a specially curated North-West showcase at Quay House, whilst artists such as Deadbeat, Andy Stott and Szare refine their craft by going back to basics at the FutureEverything Opening Party with MUTEK.
Art Programme Highlights
Located in the 1830 Warehouse, a Grade 1* listed building which forms part of the Museum of Science and Industry’s site in Castlefield, highlights include the premiere of ‘I’d Hide You’, a ‘game of stealth, cunning and adventure’ to be experienced by participants using smartphones, the internet and smart television, staged by internationally renowned artists group, Blast Theory. And ‘Human Resources’ by Lawrence Epps is a new interpretation of a piece, which in 2011 saw 6,000 “additional commuters” taking to the streets of London and Stoke-on-Trent in the form of miniature ceramic figures for the British Ceramics Biennial.
Aaron Koblin and Takashi Kawashima’s trailblazing ‘Ten Thousand Cents’ is presented in Manchester for the first time as a print and video installation and a magical ‘Ant Ballet’ by Ollie Palmer is the world’s first ballet to exclusively feature ants. ‘Theatre Jukebox presents Mass Observation’ is a new work by artists Theatre Jukebox, presented on a new digital canvas taking material and inspiration from the Mass Observation Archive. Artists Joern Roeder & Jonathan Pirnay explore issues around accessibility and internet privacy with ‘fbFaces’ a fascinating installation using the public profiles of Facebook users and their friends, newly created specific to Manchester following its German premiere in 2011.
Manchester’s historic Victoria Baths is the venue for ‘Handmade’, an interactive craft fair from artists working in craft and digital technology, designed to encourage visitors to create their own DIY artworks. Alongside ‘Handmade’ is a ‘Zine Symposium’ displaying Manchester zines, with workshops where audiences can contribute to the making of a collective Victoria Baths Fanzine.
On 17 & 18 May 2012 at the Museum of Science and Industry, the FutureEverything Conference examines a new participatory culture that is changing our world. Bringing together the latest debate and visionary ideas from the people who are at the forefront of change, and the future-thinkers who enable us to see the possibilities of such connectivity including keynote speakers Carlo Ratti, Rohan Gunatillake and Cesar A. Hidalgo (featured in Wired Magazine’s The Smart List 2012: 50 People Who Will Change The World). Additional keynotes, speakers and panellists include Bilal Randeree (Al Jazeera) and Birgitta Jónsdóttir.
“FutureEverything has always inhabited the territory between creativity and technology and it excites me that increasingly this is a playground that has shifted into the mainstream. This is the only festival that attracts musicians, artists and provocateurs, each at the forefront of their field, and it is a chance for everyone to come together, have a good time and get some really exciting insights into what the future holds for digital technologies, and in our everyday lives.”
FutureEverything 2012 takes place at the Museum of Science and Industry, Islington Mill, St Phillips Church, Royal Northern College of Music, Instituto Cervantes, Spinningfields, Manchester Academy and Victoria Baths.
For more information about the programme, venues and to buy tickets: www.futureeverything.org/ Tel: 0161 834 1300 / Email: email@example.com