In October 2014, FutureEverything announced a three month UK-Russian digital culture exchange programme, in partnership with British Council Russia as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

Alongside live performances by leading artists and musicians from Russia and the UK and an exhibition of cutting edge ideas spanning art and science, FutureEverything Moscow’s workshop programme invited participants to explore hands-on design, prototyping and idea generation around a theme. In this programme, the participants sought to understand how the past influences our present reality and what the future will entail.

As a result, four new participatory prototypes were created, and are being trialled at this year’s FutureEverything festival. All the teams present will introduce the concepts behind their work and reflections at the FutureEverything festival, and will be presenting their prototypes as part of our Lightning talks programme during the conference.

Dissolve
Thursday 26th February and Friday 27th February
All day, FutureEverything Conference, Manchester Town Hall
Get annoyed by social networks, but don’t want to stop using them? Dissolve, by Valentin Fetisov and Alexander Burenkov, allows you to leave digital space and observe your digital identity live a life of its own by handing over your control of it. Visit readytobedissolved.com to dissolve your online identity.

Empath
Thursday 26th February and Friday 27th February
All day, FutureEverything Conference, Manchester Town Hall
Empathy is an essential component of understanding oneself and others, so how can we empower people with technology that induces the experience of empathy towards other people? Empath, by Andrey Goncharov, Filipp Kaz, Irina Lobanovskaya, Olga Polishuk, Dmitry Pianov, is an experiment in digital and physical empathy. The team will be exploring their theory through an experiment involving FutureEverything’s visitors – keep an eye out for their on-site interventions.

Touchback
Thursday 26th February and Friday 27th February
All day, FutureEverything Conference, Manchester Town Hall
Touchback, developed by Zakhar Kharitonov, Alexandra Ermolenko, Andrew Pantyukhin, Galima Akhmadullina and Zhanna Gugunova, is a tool for frictionless feedback during events, giving a new mode of communication between during public events. You’ll be able to ‘Touchback’ on designated channels during the festival, see the URLs listed under session titles.

THNGS
Thursday 26th February and Friday 27th February
All day, FutureEverything Conference, Manchester Town Hall
And finally from Moscow, THNGS, by Dima Dewinn, Maxim Zuev and Andrey Kuznetsov, is a unique research tool that allows the categorisation of objects and their history, through a chronological timeline of iterations and innovations. Find their stand in Room 4, or explore online at thngs.co

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