FutureEverything 2016: Wednesday 30th March – Saturday 2nd April, Manchester

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“Progress is measured by the speed at which we destroy the conditions that sustain life.” – George Monbiot

For twenty years, FutureEverything has looked at big questions facing society through the lens of art and digital culture.

Taking the theme of ‘Less and More’, FutureEverything 2016 will explore how we can rethink resources, held in Manchester, this year’s European City of Science.

Human actions have shaped a new geological age and brought the world to a point of crisis. We need to find new ways to gather, and manage, the resources of Earth to overcome the dependencies of the industrial age. Whether it’s our antibiotics and food sources running out, or the world’s fossil fuels, the first thing that we look for is potential alternatives, and ask where they can be found. This year’s conference takes a range of experts to task, spanning biology and physics, to artificial intelligence and climate change. We’ll be discussing how life, intelligence, the Earth, community and uncertainty can be used as resources, often in unexpected ways.

This year our FutureEverything 2016 conference features speakers such as Turner Prize winning architecture collective Assemble, designer and director Nelly Ben Hayoun, artist Addie Wagenknecht, counter-terrorism expert Charlie Winter, and award winning bot-artist Darius Kazemi.

Our live events include our annual Friday night party, held this year at Islington Mill, featuring emerging acts Nidia Minaj, Nkisi and Errorsmith, a world premiere from Gazelle Twin, and a specially commissioned series of improvisational performances in response to our commission Smoke Signals from Jon Hering, Sara Lowes and Joe Dudderidge & Harry Fausing Smith.

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