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Future Everything 2011 – highlights

May 11-14, the best of the digital extravaganza

Published on April 20th 2011.

Future Everything 2011 – highlights

MANCHESTER’s FutureEverything festival has just launched its full line-up for this year’s event. Now in its sixteenth year, the festival aims to sum up Manchester’s edgy urban feel by bringing together forward-thinking ideas, new concepts in the digital world, along with a backdrop of innovative music.

Taking place from May 11-14, all the events and activities come under three strands: art, music and the well-established conference.

This year the creative hub of the festival will be the Umbro Design Studio in the Northern Quarter and Four Piccadilly Place, but with activities spilling out across the city.

Here are some highlights

Art: On Ways to Disappear Without Leaving A Trace by Me and The Machine
Date: May 11-14
Time: 10am – 8pm
Location: Four Piccadilly Place
Cost: Free but booking essential
An intriguing interactive film/art performance for one person at a time, created by Brighton-based art duo Me and The Machine. Located on the fifth floor of Four Piccadilly Place, this involves looking through a telescope whereby a cinematic plot unfolds before.

Music: Rob Da Bank; King Kong Re-scored
Date: Friday, May 13
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford Road
Cost: £9
DJ Rob Da Bank performs his alternative soundtrack to the original 1933 film King Kong. Previously shown on BBC Four last year, this is the first time his interpretation has been performed for a live audience. Digging out a series of diverse tunes from his record collection, the DJ and festival organiser plays tracks from Portishead, Fleet Foxes, Radiohead, Brian Eno and ends with Monkey Gone to Heaven by Pixies.

Film: Life in a Day
Date: May 14
Time: 6pm
Location: Cornerhouse
Cost: £7.50 / £5.50 concs
On July 24 2010, 81,000 people from 192 countries uploaded video of their lives to YouTube. This idea, sourcing user-generated content, resulted in this feature film by Last King of Scotland director Kevin MacDonald, and shows an emotive snapshot of life on earth.

Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: Free, but booking required through website
Location: Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road
Held at Victoria Baths, Handmade is a day of contemporary craft, digital hacking, interactivities and DIY culture. The fair, hosted by Manchester’s Fab Lab, will allow members of the public to play and experiment with digital manufacturing equipment to create something they can take away with them.

Future Everything conference
Date: Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13
Time: Various
Location: Four Piccadilly Place
Cost: Full festival passes cost £180, day passes £120. This includes entry to the music events. To buy tickets please visit http://futureeverything.org/tickets/Emotional computing, the digital self and the integration of digital technology within our cities are all topics on the agenda for the two-day FutureEverything Conference. On May 12, half of the conference programme will be dedicated to Open Data and the continuation of the FutureEverything-pioneered Open Data Cities project. All these explore how relationships between people and their environments are set to change in an increasingly digital world.

Visit futureeverything.org for the full programme details, music line up and ticket bookings. Some of the art exhibitions last until May 22.

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