The world has never been more connected – nor more divided. The old world order is being challenged by a new populism, with fear and mistrust on both sides. And yet such uncertainty and upheaval can inspire original thinking, as genuine engagement with opposing arguments breaks down barriers, reveals our shared humanity and gives rise to bold new ideas.
FutureEverything, alongside VICE and The Guardian, have been invited to curate two special sessions for Manchester International Festival’s Interdependence 2017: We Need To Talk – Heroes & Power – on Saturday 1st July.
Following a discussion with Turner Prize nominated artist Phil Collins, early member of the Baader-Meinhof Group Astrid Proll, artist Yael Bartana and more, FutureEverything present a session addressing the gender information gap on one of the world’s most prominent websites.
FutureEverything want you to help us play a small but vital role in building the presence of women on Wikipedia – less than 10% of Wikipedia contributors identify as female, leading to a significant gender gap in the website’s content on women. Through a call-out on social media, we’ll choose one woman from Manchester to add to Wikipedia, and we’ll need help finding stories, pictures, news articles and journals to build an online profile from which countless others can benefit in years to come.
Following a discussion with Academy Award winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Turner Prize nominated artist Lubaina Himid, FutureEverything team up with Bad Language the multi-award-winning, Manchester-based live literature team, to ask ‘What Can We Demand of the Digital Age?’ This special literature event will explore the relationship between power and digital culture at a time when we need to reinvent the role of narrative to suit our rapidly evolving, technologically mediated society. With contributions from Andrew O’Hagan, the acclaimed author and journalist, and Deanna Rodger, a leading spoken-word artist and the curator of Come Rhyme With Me.
We Need to Talk About Heroes & We Need to Talk About Power is part of Interdependence: We Need to Talk, six themed sessions of provocative conversation and new ideas staged every Saturday during MIF17.
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival. In association with FutureEverything.