The Future Machine will be next appearing in Finsbury Park, London on the 24th October 2020.

Creating Rituals For When the Future Comes is a series of artist’s interventions each witnessed by a mysterious and mystical device – the Future Machine.

This ambitious and long term project explores how site specific art, environmental science, technology, ritual, myth and storytelling can help us respond to environmental change in these uncertain times. The project is due to take place over at least 3 years, with an ambition to continue for 10 years and beyond.

The core of the project is the Future Machine – a new artwork that combines public involvement, digital systems, engineers, programmers, scientists and workshops, it has been built and launched in London and Nottingham, with a focus on bringing people together across different regions and places in England. Four further artistic interventions will take place across communities in inner city Nottingham, post industrial Cumbria, rural Oxfordshire, and Somerset, through collaborations that navigate the coming changes.

Since the Covid-19 lockdown in England the artists have been working on ways the Future Machine and the meetings in London, Oxfordshire, Nottingham, Cumbria and Somerset can continue as the seasons change. Rachel and Robin have built a Future Machine mobile phone app that will be ready to download in October 2020 as a companion to the artwork. We are hoping to restart the journey in October 2020 in Finsbury Park – check the public events to find out more.

Lead artist Rachel Jacobs
Frank Abbott (Nottingham)
Wallace Heim (Cumbria)
Juliet Robson (Oxfordshire)
Alexandre Yemaoua Dayo and David Kemp (London)
Caroline Locke (Somerset)

Creative Technical Team:
Robin Shackford (Creative Programmer and Interactions)
Ian Wood (Carpenter and co-designer of the physical Future Machine)
Dominic Price (Programmer and Researcher)
Matt Little (Engineer)
Matthew Gates (Programmer)

The Future Machine will return to each place in London, Cumbria, Oxfordshire, Nottingham and Somerset annually.

Each of the interventions experiment with the different ways we can mark, interpret and respond to environmental change, creating supporting ways of looking at the future. These interventions ask questions about the importance of science, data, myth, art, and ritual to how we navigate the impact of environmental change in our everyday lives.

The Future Machine is part of a larger artist-led research project that studies the long term relationship between anthropogenic climate and environmental change, and mental and physical wellbeing. This first phase involves a study of the development, launch and journey of the Future Machine as it witnesses the people and places it travels to across England. The first phase also includes researching the feasibility of extending the project towards a longitudinal study.

Creating Rituals For When The Future Comes follows on from Rachel Jacobs‘ and Active Ingredient‘s previous work including: Performing the Future which took place in 2017-18, The Prediction Machine which was built in 2015 and is continuing to tour nationally, Relate (Timestreams) and A Conversation Between Trees two international co-productions that took place across the UK and Brazil between 2011-2013.

Mixed Reality Lab and Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham – Steve Benford, Dominic Price, Jocelyn Spence

Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham – Elvira Perez Vallejos, Neil Chadborn

British Antarctic Survey – John King, Robert Mulvaney

Furtherfield Gallery and Commons, Finsbury Park, London

University of Bristol – Prof Esther Eidinow

Nottingham City Council – Gursharan Nijran

The Drumming School, Finsbury Park

Edible Landscapes, Finsbury Park

Pedal Power, Finsbury Park

David Kemp ( Arranger, saxophone , over tuned flute )
Miles Ncube ( birds sound )
Indira Lemouchi ( meaninglessness word and vocal)
Alexandre Yemaoua Dayo (composer and arranger)
Percussion, water drums, rain-sticks, kalimba, flute, vocal, bells and whistles