FutureEverything Fireside Chats are a series of intimate, exploratory conversations with internationally renowned artists, FutureEverything Fireside Chats are a series of intimate, exploratory conversations with internationally renowned artists, designers, thinkers and business leaders from across the FutureEverything Festival programme. They offer an opportunity for a more in depth, nuanced exploration of the work and ideas of captivating festival guests. Hosts include Luke Turner, editor of The Quietus, with others to be announced.

Memo Akten is an artist from Istanbul, currently based in London. Rooted in his obsession with science, trying to understand the world and human nature; he develops systems that extract, amplify and abstract the hidden tensions and harmonies within nature, technology and society. Through visual, sonic and behavioural metaphors he creates provocations that encourage new perspectives on the human condition and its relationship with science and technology. His work spans multiple disciplines including image, video, sound, light, sculpture, dance, installation, performance, software and online work. Integrated with his art practice, he is currently working towards a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, investigating the intersections of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cognitive science, data dramatization and artistic, expressive human computer interaction. In 2013 his work FORMS won the Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica.