Future Machine

Future Machine
will be appearing in Oxfordshire
as winter turns to Spring on King Wood Common,
in Nottingham
when the cherry trees blossom in Christ Church Gardens,
in Cumbria
when summer comes to Tilberthwaite,
and in Finsbury Park to welcome the Autumn.

The Future Machine sits on a hand cart ready for the journey, travels the country and plugs into a greater whole of many parts. It stands as a witness to the places, people, stories and events of these turbulent times, as the Earth changes, and we take a journey into an uncertain future.

The Future Machine was launched in Finsbury Park, London on Saturday 12th October 2019 as part of Furtherfield’s Citizen Sci-Fi programme and Time Portals exhibition.

The Future Machine, combines digital systems, rituals and actions as part of a mysterious interactive device that responds to global and local environmental change.

The Future Machine helps us to respond to environmental change as the future unfolds. The machine records people’s visions of the future, facilitates new rituals and helps us to make decisions about the future we want, not one we fear.

The artwork was created by the artist Rachel Jacobs in collaboration with a team of engineers, programmers, climate scientists from the British Antarctic Survey, researchers from the University of Nottingham, with ideas and visions developed by participants in a series of artist-led workshops, taking place in London and Nottingham in 2019. Documentation of the Making of the Future Machine can be seen in the video below.

The development of the artwork took place from March – July 2019 through monthly workshop sessions at Furtherfield Commons with a design team that included the collaborating artists, researchers from the University of Nottingham and University of Bristol, engineers, programmers, climate scientists from the British Antarctic Survey and local people.

A parallel research project is taking place with the University of Nottingham to study the long term relationship between anthropogenic climate and environmental change, and mental and physical wellbeing through people’s interaction with the Future Machine as it travels around England.