Public Events

Halfway to the Future
19th-20th October, 2019
Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham

Future Machine will be on demonstration at the Halfway to the Future conference as part of the partnership with the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham. We will be 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 will lead 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 are invited to join the procession and dress up to celebrate the Autumn and the coming of the future ending with food and storytelling around a fire at Furtherfield Commons at 6pm.

The Future Machine has been built by local groups to witness changes to people and places over time, across England. It gathers evidence and stories, as the Earth changes, and we journey to an uncertain future. 

You are invited to join the Future Machine on it’s first procession around Finsbury Park on Sat 12 Oct. 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. 

Please join the procession at any of the stops and dress up in your best or wildest Autumn clothes.

Public Workshops

Future Machine Workshops at Furtherfield Commons, next to the gate on Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, London
Session 4: Tuesday 18th June – 3-6pm – (Data, Myths and Storytelling – Furtherfield, London).
Session 5: Saturday 13th July – 1 – 4pm – (Folklore, Nature and Ritual Furtherfield, London)
These workshops are taking place as part of Haringey’s Festival of Learning.

To see what happened at the Building a Future Machine workshop (at Nottingham Contemporary) look here:

Future Machine as part of Time Portals, Furtherfield’s Citizen Sci-Fi Programme
Furtherfield Gallery, Finsbury Park, The McKenzie Pavillion, London N4 2NQ
Thursday 9th May – Sunday 27th October 2019
Documentation of the Future Machine workshops, conversations and process of building the artwork

Furtherfield Commons is accessible to wheelchairs, parking is available on Seven Sisters Road outside the park gates and there are parking spaces from the entrance off the B150. Please get in touch if you need closer access to the building or have any further enquiries about accessibility or the nature of the workshops by emailing us:

The Future Machine – Creating Rituals for When the Future Comes is being created with accessibility in mind. We welcome any feedback about making the machine and website more accessible, at the email above. 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 over the next year.

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.  Please contact Furtherfield for more access information about the venue.