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

When The Future Comes

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).

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.

Since the Covid-19 lockdown in England the artists have been working on ways the Future Machine and the meetings in London, Oxfordshire, Nottingham, Cumbria and Somerset can continue as the seasons change. Rachel and Robin have built a Future Machine mobile phone app that will be ready to download in October 2020 as a companion to the artwork. We are hoping to restart the journey in October 2020 in Finsbury Park – check the public events to find out more. The Future Machine will return to each place in London, Cumbria, Oxfordshire, Nottingham and Somerset annually.

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.

Creating Rituals For When The Future Comes follows on from Rachel Jacobs‘ and Active Ingredient‘s previous work including: Performing the Future which took place in 2017-18, 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.

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