strange octagonal device flying through the sky above a fully blossoming cherry tree, on the right is a weather station with wind, rain and temperature sensors and a sign with the word 'Future' printed on it

Future Machine

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 is being launched in Finsbury Park, London on Saturday 12th October as part of the Furtherfield 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. To be built and launched at Furtherfield Gallery (London) between July – October 2019, to travel across England and return to Furtherfield Gallery in 2021.

The Future Machine is being built to help us to respond to environmental change as the future unfolds. The machine will record people’s visions of the future, make predictions, facilitate new rituals and helps us to make decisions about the future we want, not one we fear.

The artwork is being 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.

The development of the artwork will take place from March – July 2019 through monthly workshop sessions. These will take place at Furtherfield Commons with a design team that includes 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.

This development process will be presented as a series of images at Furtherfield Gallery as part of their Time Portal’s exhibition and eventually a film of the ‘Making of the Future Machine’.

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.