Future Machine in the garden of the drumming school in Finsbury Park

When The Future Comes

When the Future Comes is a series of artist’s interventions in these 5 places across England each witnessed by a mysterious and mystical device – the Future Machine.  A newly formed ritual or special occasion will take place as the Future Machine appears. The Future Machine will make an appearance in the same place, every year for the next 30 years. 2020 – 2050

When the Future Comes takes place in London, Cumbria, Oxfordshire, Nottingham and Somerset.

Each of the interventions experiment with the different ways we can mark, interpret and respond to environmental change, creating supporting ways of looking at the future. These interventions ask questions about the importance of science, data, myth, art, and ritual to how we navigate the impact of environmental change in our everyday lives.

This ambitious and long term project explores how site specific art, environmental science, technology, ritual, myth and storytelling can help us respond to environmental change in these uncertain times. The Future Machine – is an interactive artwork that combines public involvement, digital systems, engineers, programmers, scientists and workshops. It has been built and launched in London and Nottingham.

In February 2021 the project was awarded National Lottery Project Funding from the Arts Council of England, match funded by Horizon Digital Economy, University of Nottingham (ESPRC/RCUK). A Future Machine mobile phone app has also been developed, in response to Covid-19, that will be ready to download in 2021 as a companion to the artwork. 

When The Future Comes follows on from Performing the Future which took place in 2017-18 and Rachel Jacobs‘ and Active Ingredient‘s previous work including: The Prediction Machine which was built in 2015 and is continuing to tour nationally, Relate (Timestreams) and A Conversation Between Trees two international co-productions that took place across the UK and Brazil between 2011-2013.

Mixed Reality Lab and Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham – Steve Benford, Dominic Price, Jocelyn Spence
Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham – Elvira Perez Vallejos
British Antarctic Survey – John King
Furtherfield Gallery and Commons, Finsbury Park, London
University of Bristol – Prof Esther Eidinow
Nottingham City Council – Gursharan Nijran
The Drumming School, Finsbury Park
Edible Landscapes, Finsbury Park
Pedal Power, Finsbury Park
Primary Studios, Nottingham
Mellers Primary School, Nottingham

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