Last week brought down the curtain on what has been widely celebrated as the most successful FutureEverything festival and conference to date.
Below are just a few choice highlights, and places you can go to experience a small taste. Videos of talks from the conference will be released over the coming weeks.
The theme of FutureEverything 2014 was ‘Tools for Unknown Futures’. This was explored through the hugely successful conference staged at Manchester Town Hall. One hit at the conference was a new strand introduced for 2014: Fireside Chats – intimate, in-depth conversations with some of the most interesting artists and speakers from across the programme. The first two interviews, featuring James Bridle, Eleanor Saitta and The Space Lady are available now via Little Atoms.
City Fictions was the focal point of our art programme. This took the shape of a pop-up speculative city, with various projects from world leading designers, artists and city makers presented across the NOMA neighbourhood in Manchester.The BBC dedicated a special edition of their flagship technology programme, BBC Click, to City Fictions, broadcast on the World Service and available now on BBC iPlayer.
Highlights of the live programme – profiled by BBC 6 Music in a special edition of Stuart Maconie’s hugely popular Freak Zone show – include world premieres by musique concrète composer Martin Messier and Manchester-based electronic visual artist EMN, the UK premiere of ‘Lumiere’ by Robert Henke, and the European debut performance from proto-techno outsider The Space Lady at Manchester Art Gallery.
Full video and photo galleries will be published soon – in the meantime, please do explore our Flickr stream.