Urban Festival of Art, Music and Ideas
13-16 May Manchester UK
Futuresonic's 2009 art programme is more ambitious and relevant than ever.
Themes include society, technology and the city plus this year Environment
2.0. The exhibition takes place across Manchester and beyond, with the focal
point an exhibition at the CUBE gallery.
Kim Abeles (US)
Prayas Abhinav (IN)
Ackroyd & Harvey (UK)
Carlo Buontempo (IT)
Lluis Sabadell Artiga (ES)
Rob Bailey (UK)
Amy Balkin (US)
Mike Bennett (IE)
Jonathan Cohrs (US)
Jonah Brucker-Cohen (US)
Alfie Dennon (UK)
Yara El-Sherbini (UK)
Cleo Evans (UK)
Usman Haque (US)
Drew Hemment (UK)
Aaron Koblin (US)
Megan MacMurray (US)
James Marriott (UK)
Eva Meyer-Keller (DE)
Fujiko Nakaya (JP)
Christian Nold (UK)
Angela Pablo (US)
The Owl Project (UK)
Andrea Polli (US)
Janine Randerson (NZ)
Will Schrimshaw (UK)
Royal College of Art & Yamaha
Yuri Suzuki (JP)
Elin Wikstrom (SE)
CUBE exhibition 13-23 May, opening 5pm on 13 May
All Art exhibitions and events are free
The 2009 exhibition has grown out of three years of background work which
commenced in 2006. It adds an engagement in the environment to the
festival's now perennial themes of society, technology and the city.
Artists here avoid cliches and address environmental sustainability in ways
both forceful and irreverent. Eva Meyer-Keller re-enacts catastrophic
weather scenarios using household objects in Handmade, and Kim Abeles'
exhibits commemorative plates with images of U.S. presidents, created by
exposing the plates to an amount of smog proportional to their environmental
Futuresonic has developed a social engagement within its art programme, and
in Beuys' Acorns by Ackroyd and Harvey this resonates within a wider art
historical tradition. Installing 250 oak saplings grown from artist Joseph
Beuys' acorns, they revisit his notion of social sculpture, where the artist
is asking dangerous questions, seeking to change the social order.
The exhibition includes artworks which are purely aesthetic, such as Janine
Randerson's compelling film Rorschach Clouds, artworks which are conceived
directly as social interventions, such as the urban gardening projects of
Prayas Abhinav in Petpuja, as well as pieces which arise out of a sustained
engagement and dialogue between artists and scientists such as the work of
A focus on participatory artworks continues, with a public recital of the
most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
coordinated by Amy Balkin, an art device for prospecting for oil in the city
centre by Jon Cohrs, and a number of large scale, participatory mass
observation projects on climate and biodiversity by Futuresonic with the Met
Office and Natural History Museum.
Elin Wikstrım introduces us to wheelchair tag rugby in a conceptual art
event and exhibition in which the drama and brutality of the game offers a
metaphor for the invasion of non-native species of plants and animals in the
year of Darwin's bicentenary, and also a celebration of the sporting prowess
of the disabled wheelchair rugby players prior to London 2012.
Several artworks make visible and tangible the outcomes of our actions at a
local level, including aesthetic and conceptual design objects by Usman
Haque and Megan MacMurray & Angela Pablo, and documentation of HeHe's award
winning Nuage Vert projecting energy usage onto a powerstation vapour cloud.
Across the Art Programme artists explore other themes, including a number of
sound art projects, centred on an important exhibition by Yamaha and Royal
College of Art. Futuresonic 2009's focal point is, however, very much this
year in seeking to open an original engagement in the environment, with
projects which aim to provoke and inspire.
Futuresonic Urban Festival of Art, Music and Ideas features world premiers
of astonishing artworks, an explosive city-wide music programme, and
visionary thinkers from around the world. Now in its 14th year, Futuresonic
is the UK's leading festival for digital culture, and this year was
nominated for the prestigious Lever Arts Prize. An urban festival
experience, it is anticipated that over 50,000 festival visitors will engage
with 300 artists and 100 events across 30 venues.
13-16 May, Manchester UK
Futuresonic is presented by FutureEverything CIC. It is a Regularly Funded
Organisation (RFO) of Arts Council England North West, a pillar event of
Manchester City Council and is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
FutureEverything was shortlisted for the highly acclaimed 2009 Lever Prize.
Futuresonic is presented in partnership with ImaginationLancaster
http://imagination.lancaster.ac.uk, a major new research lab at Lancaster
In 2010 Futuresonic will return as FutureEverything
Futuresonic offers a range of opportunities to get involved through
volunteering. In the lead up and during the festival this may include tasks
in marketing, production, artist liason and front of house.
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