FutureEverything will soon celebrate a pivotal point in its history. On 25-28 February 2015 we celebrate our 20th Anniversary Festival, where we ask “what now?” for the foundational values and narratives in digital culture. In the run up to this milestone event, today we reveal some exciting news around the company itself, our expanding team who make things happen, and announce our search for a new Chair of the Board.

20th Anniversary Festival: 25-25 February 2015
The FutureEverything Festival returns to Manchester on 25-28 February 2015. In its 20th year, FutureEverything asks “what now?” for our digital culture? Do we need a bigger vision than open, local, bottom up is best? What are the values and narratives that will define the twenty years to come? The 2015 Festival features a two-day conference, new commissions, installations, conference speakers, film screenings and live events across Manchester. Tickets are on sale now.

New Workspace: BASE at Manchester Science Park
We recently set up new headquarters at Manchester Science Park’s ‘BASE’ building on their central Corridor site. As FutureEverything continues to expand and diversify its programme, the move to this new home will also see the core team grow to 14 members of staff. This new space, with multiple collaborative working areas, breakout spaces and a flexible workshop/screening/presentation area allows us to host meetups, workshops and events in our very own space. From project workshops, to guest talks and screenings, we will be hosting a number of public events at BASE throughout 2015 and beyond.

View some photos of BASE here.

Now Recruiting: Chair of the Board
After a hugely successful period at the helm, our current Chair of the Board, Lou Cordwell (CEO, magneticNorth) is stepping down, and we would like to express our huge thanks for her invaluable efforts over the last two years.

We are currently searching for a new Chair to help steer FutureEverything into the next phase of our development, and are now accepting expressions of interest. Read the full role description here.

Tom Higham appointed Executive Director
Helping to lead the growth of the company, Tom Higham has stepped up into a new role as Executive Director. Tom’s background is in festival and new media art production, but reflecting the growth of the Company he now has broad responsibilities for the Company and across our projects portfolio. Tom works closely alongside Drew Hemment, FutureEverything’s Founder and CEO, and has been a major factor in the positive forward steps the company has taken since he joined in 2012.

Data Artist Moritz Stefaner Commissioned for EUPORIAS
Award-winning data visualisation artist Moritz Stefaner has been appointed to develop an interactive visualisation for FutureEverything’s EUPORIAS climate services project. Working alongside FutureEverything and a number of international stakeholders, the work will demonstrate the potential of data visualisation for the emerging climate services sector. FutureEverything previously worked with Stefaner on emoto – a data art project that captured and visualized the excitement around the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Find out more about EUPORIAS here.

GMDSP Wins Public Sector Award
The Greater Manchester Data Synchronisation Programme (GMDSP) has recently been recognised as a leading example of how the power of linked open can data can be harnessed for positive impact. GMDSP was awarded the Local eGovernment Standards Body (LeGSB) Award as part of the iNetwork innovation awards. Find out more about GMDSP here.

FutureEverything Moscow: Photos, Film and More
FutureEverything Moscow took place on 20-23 November 2014 at venues across Moscow. Over four days, we presented live performances by leading artists and musicians from Russia and the UK, an exhibition of cutting edge ideas spanning art and science, and workshops exploring participatory technologies and creative communities. View our highlights film here, and photos of the event here.

“Quantum Physics Meets the Visual Arts” –The Creators Project

Light Barrier named CAN project of 2014
This stunning light installation by Kimchi and Chips was commissioned by FutureEverything, and premiered at New Media Night Festival in June 2014. Since then it has received numerous accolades, including a grand prize at the Media Architecture Biennial in November 2014.

CAN have published their 2014 review – a handpicked selection of the most memorable and inspiration projects of the year – and Light Barrier has been given the coveted first place. Find out more about Light Barrier here.