Academic research will be taking place alongside the project exploring these key research questions:
PyschologyHow the Future Machine captures the impact of environmental change, the pandemic and other uncertainties, opportunities and changes on our wellbeing. Led by Prof Elvira Perez, Mental Health Institute, University of Nottingham.
Computer ScienceHow the design of the Future Machine emerges and changes over time, how interactive devices can be designed for futurity and longitidunal interactions and support reflections on key moments in time. Led by Prof Steve Benford, Boriana Koleva and Jocelyn Spence Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham.
Climate ScienceHow can stories, narratives, poetry and metaphor support our experience of and understanding of risk and uncertainty in response to environmental and climate change? How can the Future Machine help people connect to local and global environmental and climate changes in ways that help them mitigate damage and adapt for the future? In collaboration with Dr John King, British Antarctic Survey.
for more information about contributing to the Future Machine Research
There will be opportunities to take part in the research throughout 2021/2022. If you have been a witness to an appearance of the Future Machine and would be happy to talk to a researcher then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch about taking part.
Purpose of the Research. The Future Machine is an interactive art installation led by Dr Rachel Jacobs that is designed to last 30 years and is aimed at exploring people’s engagement with climate change issues in a long-term context. The research we are conducting aims to investigate your understandings of the artwork, the themes that it presents and the role of technology within those.
Participating in the Research. Participation is entirely voluntary and involves taking part in an interview and/or video recording your interactions with the Future Machine for no more than 30 minutes. You will be asked to complete a consent form for us to be able to use the research data that we gather through your participation, however this is not binding, and you can withdraw consent at any time up until the research is published.
Benefits and risks of the research. The findings from this research will help to further the use of technology and the arts in addressing other long-term future focused activities and contribute to research publications and presentations. The study involves the gathering of personal data and there is a risk that you may be identifiable in research reports and publications. Data collected will be held in a secure and safe manner in accordance with the Data Protection Act (2018), including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR 2018).
Use of your data. Data gathered during the research will be used in project meetings, presentations, and reports. The results of the research may be disseminated via conference workshops, presentations, publications and academic journals. All published data will be anonymous unless you specifically ask to be identified in publications and presentations.
Future use of your data. Your data may be archived and reused in future for purposes that are in the public interest, or for historical, scientific or statistical purposes, for example, the development of new technologies and contributing to research publications and presentations. Data will be stored on the researchers’ password protected personal computer and a secure digital environment provided by the University of Nottingham.
Procedure for withdrawal from the research. You may withdraw from the study at any time and do not have to give reasons for why you no longer want to take part.