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, 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 development of a Future Machine – a new artwork that combines public involvement, digital systems, engineers, programmers, scientists and workshops, to be built and launched in London and Nottingham, reflecting the 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, Cornwall and Somerset, through collaborations that navigate the coming changes, between lead artist Rachel Jacobs, artists Frank Abbott, Wallace Heim, Juliet Robson, Matt Watkins, Caroline Locke.
The Future Machine will return to each place in London, Cumbria, Oxfordshire, Nottingham, Cornwall and Somerset annually. With an exhibition of the machine and all it has witnessed planned at Furtherfield Gallery (in London) in 2021.
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, 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.
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
The Drumming School, Finsbury Park – Alex Dayo
Edible Landscapes, Finsbury Park
Pedal Power, Finsbury Park
With financial support from the Arts Council of England, Haringey Festival of Learning, Furtherfield and the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham