Urban Play was a FutureEverything art programme from 2006 to 2008, presenting social and participatory artworks in unexpected city spaces. Urban Play led to three curated programmes presented within the festival, Social Networking Unplugged (2008), Art For Shopping Centres (2007) and Off The Map (2006). Urban Play emerged out of the Mobile Connections programme in 2004, which led to a focus on art and design interventions around the city.
The Duellists (2007) by MediaShed, was a project commissioned for Art For Shopping Centres (2007), curated by Drew Hemment. Combining free running with ‘free media’, The Duellists (2007) was created using only found and hacked technology in the city. In this case, the artist group was given the freedom of the Arndale Shopping Centre for three days and nights, including unrestricted access to the state of the art in-house CCTV system.
The Duellists was a spectacular performance and film in which two free runners perform a duel throughout the Arndale Shopping Centre in central Manchester.