When the Future Comes is a series of artist’s interventions each witnessed by a mysterious and mystical device – the Future Machine. A newly formed ritual or special occasion will emerge as the Future Machine appears in Oxfordshire, Nottingham, Cumbria, Somerset and London every year - until 2050 the year that scientists predict will be a watershed for more extreme climate and environmental change.

Future Machine will next be appearing:
In Rotherfield Peppard, Oxfordshire at the 2024 Spring Equinox
(exact dates and times to be confirmed)
In Christ Church Gardens, Nottingham when the trees blossom
(expected for Saturday 20th April 2024)

 

Research

When the Future Comes is an art/research project taking place in collaboration with researchers at Horizon Digital Economy and the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham, University of Derby, University of Bristol and University of Exeter. The research focuses on themes of human-nature-technology interactions, identifying the ineffable in our localities, considering responsible digital futures and ways to archive this longitudinal art/research project.

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People

Rachel Jacobs

Lead Artist

Frank Abbott

Artist

Juliet Robson

Artist

Wallace Heim

Artist, Writer, Philosopher

Caroline Locke

Artist

Alexandre Yemaoua Dayo

Musician, Composer and Arranger

David Kemp

Musician, arranger (saxophone , over tuned flute)

Miles Ncube

Musician (bird sounds)

Robin Shackford

Artist, Creative Programmer and Interactions

Ian Wood

Carpenter and co-designer of the physical Future Machine

Dominic Price

Programmer and Research Fellow, University of Nottingham

Matt Little

Engineer

Prof John King

Senior Atmospheric Scientist, British Antarctic Survey

Esi Eshun

Artist

Gabriella Giannachi

Professor of Performance and New Media, University of Exeter

Dr Jocelyn Spence

Research Fellow, University of Nottingham

Prof Steve Benford

Professor of Computer Science, University of Nottingham

Prof Esther Eidinow

Professor of Ancient History, University of Bristol

Dr Alan Chamberlain

Senior Research Fellow, University of Nottingham
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