FutureFest: what might the world be like in decades to come?
FutureFest 2015 will beam its torchlight on some lively, urgent - and even dangerous - trends for the next few decades, with radical speakers including Edward Snowden, Baroness Helena Kennedy, Owen Jones and Amir Taaki.
A festival of future ideas
We live in a busy schedule of elections and referenda - but what is the future of democracy in a world where participation and consultation have been shaken out of their traditional forms?
Money seems one of our most ancient social institutions - but the continuing wobbles of big finance, and the anarchic vigour of crypto-currencies, makes its future ever more necessary to explore.
And are machines, whether software and hardware, invisible or robotic, encroaching on our own smarts and talents? How can we make them partners in, rather than the enemies of, our own progress and potential?
We have some ground-breaking commissions which I’m incredibly excited about:
- ‘Emotive City’, a unique combination of robotics and city design from Minimaforms
- ‘Neurosis’, the world’s first neuro-driven thrill ride
- a startling new multi-sensory music experience from BitterSuite
We won't simply be talking about these themes, we will be manifesting them as tangible, exciting experiences for our visitors.
We’ll also be showcasing future-thinking from two of Africa’s most vital cities, Lagos and Johannesburg, in partnership with the British Council. It will challenge preconceptions about the relationship between Londoners and African urban citizens, and ask whether we have a misplaced sense of certainty about our future.
A vital conversation
For me, FutureFest is a unique opportunity to use the 'maximum city’ that is London to its fullest advantage. We’re pulling in a huge range of talents, practices and creative communities, who can help us explore the possibilities before us as we head for the mid-century. In our clamorous society, the chance to test out possible worlds - in a spirit of friendly and enjoyable inquiry - seems to me more vital than ever.
Tickets are now on sale for FutureFest, which runs 14-15 March 2015 at Vinopolis in London. Visit FutureFest.org to find out more.
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