Less and More: Rethinking Resources
FutureEverything, Manchester’s prestigious city-wide ‘festival as labority’ returns to the city 30 March to 2 April, with the theme Less and More’.
The festival, now in its 21st year embraces
The festival follows its incredible success in Singapore last autumn when it delivered its first large-sale international commission to critical and public acclaim.
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 and beyond.
There will also be a vibrant nigh-time programme of gigs, DJ sets and experimental music throughout the festival at various Manchester venues.
Festival Shot – Emmanuel Biard & Koreless (2015)