Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown we have been unable to do any public events so far this year but are planning two small meetings in the Autumn to celebrate the season changing and the passing of time in this uncertain times, these will not be widely publicised and will be dependent on what happens with the virus, local lockdowns and how safe it feels to meet together.
Future Machine Procession in Finsbury Park 2020
Sunday 25th October
The Future Machine will be appearing at Furtherfield Commons (the low buildings close to the gate on Seven Sisters Road), there will be a 6 person procession around the perimeter of the railings surrounding the commons and the drumming school. Sadly this won’t be a public event due to the restrictions of only 6 people allowed to meet outdoors at a time, it will be documented online alongside a performance by Alex Dayo, David Kemp, their musicians and the Future Machine… more to come.
When These Leaves Fall in Christ Church Gardens 2020
Saturday 28th November
As we were unable to meet ‘when this tree blossomed’ in April the Future Machine will appear in November as the leaves fall from the cherry tree in Christ Church Gardens. Sadly only 6 people will be allowed to meet together at a time, it will be documented online. We will also be planting a tree to replace the tree that fell during the extreme weather in March, light up the cherry tree to celebrate the Autumn and ring a bell to celebrate the Tree Charter and begin a conversation about tree planting and public spaces.
Halfway to the Future
19th-20th October, 2019
Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham
Future Machine was on demonstration at the Halfway to the Future conference as part of the partnership with the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham. Demonstrating how slow interactions with technologies that are embedded in ritualised, contextualised and complex artworks that encourage people to engage with ambiguity, metaphor and emotion can point us back to the world around us and engage with issues of uncertainty and environmental change
Launching the Future Machine:
A Procession in Finsbury Park
Saturday 12th October, 2019
3 – 8pm
The Future Machine led a procession through Finsbury Park, starting at Furtherfield Gallery at 3pm, stopping at each of the main gates, the athletics track and Edible Landscapes at Manor House (map and times to be confirmed). People were invited to join the procession and dress up to celebrate the Autumn and the coming of the future ending with food and storytelling at Furtherfield Commons at 6pm.
Welcomed at various stops on the way by local groups who promise to care for the future, it ends its journey at 6pm with a party to welcome the Autumn in at Furtherfield Commons Garden.
To see what happened at the Building a Future Machine workshop at Nottingham Contemporary look here:
Future Machine was built and launched as part of Time Portals, Furtherfield’s Citizen Sci-Fi Programme, Thursday 9th May – Sunday 27th October 2019
Documentation of the Future Machine workshops, conversations and process of building the artwork were presented at Furtherfield Gallery
The Future Machine – Creating Rituals for When the Future Comes is being created with accessibility in mind. This website is targeted at basic level (A) standard accessibility and we are aiming to improve the website and marketing standard as the project grows.
The Future Machine will be a sensory experience involving a combination of sound, touch, vibration, visuals and text. Additional large print information and instructions will be available during the public events and the artist will provide guides to the artwork, to be confirmed nearer the time.