FutureEverything 2016: LESS AND MORE

For twenty years, FutureEverything has looked at big questions facing society through the lens of art and digital culture. Now in its 21st year, the FutureEverything festival brings people together to discover, share and experience new ideas for the future.

This year, we’re working to the theme of ‘Less and More’, with our festival exploring how we can rethink resources within a world that is changing exponentially. Whether it’s a change to our antibiotics and food, or the world’s natural resources, the first thing that we look for is alternatives. With the carbon economy reaching its peak, we need to adapt to changes in climate, and find more tools, and more methods as a way of working with the inevitable. This forces a rethink on how we can gather, and manage, the resources of Earth to overcome the dependencies of the industrial age.

Today we’re pleased to announce more speakers, more projects, and more of our live programme including, amongst many others, a landmark data visualisation tool to help us predict future wind conditions developed with the Met Office and designer Moritz Stefaner, and a world premiere from industrial-pop artist Gazelle Twin, Chris Turner and Tash Tung (pictured above).

FutureEverything 2016 Conference

Our theme this year focuses what resources we need less, or more, of. Split up into four distinct categories, each session of this year’s conference will draw a keen focus on the elements that make up the world as we know it, and look towards the world as it could be.

New Speakers

Joining Addie Wagenknecht, Madeline Ashby, Darius Kazemi, Sarah Kember and Alice Bell, we’re excited to announce a whole new round of speakers.

2015 Turner Prize winning architecture collective Assemble (Mathew Leung), designer Stefanie Posavec, curator Hannah Redler, cellular agriculturalist for New Harvest Abi Aspen Glencross, Chair in Science communications at Univerity of Salford Andy Miah, senior climate scientist for The Met Office Carlo Buontempo, designer and member of Deep Lab Maral Pourkazemi , technologist David Cranmer, senior researcher at Nesta Lydia Nicholas and artist Ed Carter. 

Public Programme

One of the highlights of the festival will be Project Ukko, a new climate service for wind energy that breaks new ground in the effort to improve the resilience of society to climate variability and change. Commissioned and developed by FutureEverything, together with The Met Office and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, and data visualisation artist Moritz Stefaner. Read more on Project Ukko here.

The Corridor by Andrew Hodson is an interactive audio project relating to site specific areas in Manchester, created by local Trafford residents using found sound, ready to listen to on your mobile device. blueSCI and Seed Studios will also present a workshop at Manchester Centre Library, creating an open-environment, sonic playground of digital audio workstations and sample triggering devices, based on the sounds found along The Corridor.

And finally, we are delighted to be announcing a new FutureEverything commission and world premiere, Gazelle Twin: Kingdom Come an audio-visual performance for two vocalists, which will take place at Manchester Art Gallery. Commissioned by FutureEverything and in collaboration with filmmakers Chris Turner & Tash Tung, this conceptual performance for two vocalists will be staged in six chapters, incorporating electronics, film, and a brand new soundtrack from Gazelle Twin, created from samples and live vocal manipulation.


The city-wide live music and performance programme will present work from across the spectrum of contemporary instrumental, electronic and experimental music.

On Thursday night, FutureEverything and the Islington Mill present the highly acclaimed duo of Peter Brotzmann & Heather Leigh, who first came together in Glasgow in 2015 and created such blistering results that further exploration of their explosive possibilities have been scheduled.

Meanwhile across the city, we present an extremely rare performance from Reagenz, the live vehicle of Move D and Jonah Sharp.

FutureEverything’s Friday night party is hosted by a bloc of Manchester’s forward and outward looking music promoters; Faktion, P13, High Bank and Annex Agency. Hotly-tipped new producer/DJs, Nidia Minaj and Nkisi, showcase respective solo sets alongside a slot by revered sound designer and selector, Errorsmith, and support from some of the city’s most crucial resident DJs – Croww, Acre, and Crono Hotmas.

Babble is an experimental event series co-organised by Breeze Creatives and The Occasion Collective exploring inter-disciplinary performance, utilising text, movement, sound, voice and live coding and visuals, who will host one 3-hour workshop at Islington Mill.

meandyou. For Saturday night’s closing club party we present a showcase from Sweden’s influential Northern Electronics, featuring live sets from founder Abdulla Rashim and the formidable Varg.

All evening events and public programme are free to full festival pass holders, but please check individual events for ticket information and further capacity details.

Tickets for meandyou and Reagenz are on sale now. Ticket details for other events coming soon.

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