Transforming the city into a space of experimentation, freeing urban
space, making it strange.
Featuring three major new artworks commissioned by Futuresonic 2007 :
MEDIASHED FT METHODS OF MOVEMENT,
Parkour, or freerunning, involves fluid, uninterrupted movement,
adapting motion to obstacles in the environment. Like free-media,
freerunning makes use of and re-energises the infrastructure of the
city. MediaShed ft Methods of Movement present an acrobatic parkour
competition between two late-night traceurs, staged overnight in the
Arndale shopping centre, filmed using only the in-house CCTV system,
in the first official implementation of the GEARBOX free-media video
toolkit, and shown on the screens inside the shopping centre, with an
original soundtrack by Hybernation.
EVERYTHING REALLY IS
CONNECTED, AFTER ALL
Visit the Arndale to discover a whole new shopping experience. Using
a flock of mobile devices, emergent narratives adapt to the proximity
of other people around you while you roam the plazas and arcades. The
shopping centre is a 'non-place', a space that is unique but
identical everywhere across the world. The stories are tales of
everyday people encountered in this space. As a backdrop for desire,
projection, and the acquisition of material objects, the Arndale and
the experience of shopping is explored in order to locate and find
experiences and concerns that bind us together in small and large ways.
Harwood seeks to uncover truths forgotten in the light reflected from
the endless shop windows, in an ever-evolving 'network image' showing
how the Arndale and Manchester city centre have risen from the ashes
of the 1996 IRA bomb. Coinciding with the date Ian Paisley and Gerry
Adams are scheduled to form an historic power-sharing government in
Northern Ireland, Harwood revisits the legacy of the 1996 IRA bomb,
which famously detonated just a few meters away from Manchester
Arndale. Harwood's NetMonster software searches the internet for
thematic content, sniffing out links and connections, creating a
living, composite image from images splintered around the worlds media.
We are increasingly surrounded by media and devices of every kind all
of the time. As a result art can often be found in unexpected places,
and the means to create it are all around us.
Futuresonic is presenting a series of events and gatherings across
the UK, including a series of network meetings on free-media help to
draw together and grow UK and international networks.
GEARBOX LAUNCH, SEMINAR
AND NETWORK MEETING
Launch of the GEARBOX free-media video toolkit, a set of resources
for producing and editing video on free software and free hardware
platforms, developed by MediaShed with the Eyebeam Production Lab.
Plus a public seminar introducing the themes of the project, and a
network meeting for people working in free-media.
25-29 April 2007, Enter_Unknown Territories, Cambridge
Futuresonic 2007 will host the Art For Shopping Centres exhibition,
plus a Free Studio strand at the Social Technologies Summit,
introducing the leading figures in the grass roots open source
movement that is sweeping across Brazil like wild fire and
captivating the world's imagination.
10-12 May 2007, Manchester Arndale / Futuresonic 2007, Manchester
VIDEO SNIFFING AND
A participatory workshop by MediaShed will involve hands-on
experiments with free-media and "video sniffing", a technique in
which signals are intercepted from wireless closed circuit video
cameras in the urban environment.
19 May 2007, Access Space / Lovebytes, Sheffield
A 2 day free-running and free-media workshop at Contact, led by
MediaShed and Methods of Movement, presented in partnership with
26 & 27 May 2007, Contact Theatre, Manchester
Presented in association with MediaShed, Enter, Lovebytes, Access
Space and Contact.
FUTURESONIC 2007 TICKET INFO
Weekender Wristband £30
(Access to over 30 events)
Delegate Pass £45
(Also access to Social Technologies Summit)