FutureEverything is delighted to announce that seven artists have now been selected for inclusion in its pioneering FAULT LINES programme. Supported through an Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence award, FAULT LINES aims to encourage the development of new artwork across forms and sectors, and explore how artists can have an impact on innovation in the technology sector.

The selected cohort of artists will be supported to create new artwork contributing to the dialogue between culture, society, technology and innovation. The artists will be supported to explore contemporary issues in their work, and to use artistic approaches to translate challenging concepts into experiences or tangible form. Up to twelve new commissions with technology and arts partners will be developed over the duration of the project.

The inaugural FAULT LINES Artists for the the 2016-18 programme include:

Kasia Molga, a design fusionist, artist and creative technologist, working on the intersection of art / science / engineering.

Dan Hett, a BAFTA-winning freelance creative technologist, digital artist, games designer and live visual performer

Ling Tan, a designer, maker and software developer interested in how people interact with the built environment and wearable technology

Helen Knowles, a multi- media artist whose work stems from an interest in the new sovereign territories of the internet and how these grind upon the old ‘horizontal’ sovereign territories of land, sea, and mineral wealth.

Naho Matsuda, a transdisciplinary artist whose work investigates the social and cultural issues found within contemporary technological practice

Chomko & Rosier, an art and design studio creating interactive experiences, installations, products and infrastructures for the public realm.

Peter J Evans, is an artist with a pluralistic practice investigating the patterns which weave through everything

Drew Hemment, Founder and Creative Director of FutureEverything, said

“These seven artists are opening up new dimensions and forging new visions around the role of art and technology in the future of society. We are excited to embark on a two year journey with such talented creators, who actively cross the boundaries between art, design, science and innovation.”

“Art can explore the social impact of emerging technological trends, this ranges from the Internet of Things and the role of connected objects in everyday life to the transformation of the city through new urban technologies; algorithms as new agents of decision making to the cultural and social applications of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning.”

Vikas Shah, Chair of FutureEverything, said..

“FutureEverything’s new programme FAULT LINES offers a genuinely exciting opportunity for artists to work in new ways in the innovation sector. We have been overwhelmed by the number and high standard of applicants applying to be part of this inaugural programme and are particularly pleased that Manchester and the North of England is pioneering work in this field.”

The first two artists commissions will take place in 2017 in Manchester as part of CityVerve and in Taipei, Taiwan as part of the Taipei Arts Festival.