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Futurefest 2016 and 2018

Futurefest 2016 and 2018

Boddington, Ghislaine ORCID: 0000-0003-0448-579X (2016) Futurefest 2016 and 2018. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

As one of two key co-curators of Nesta's flagship event FutureFest across 4 festivals, this entry is for the 2016 and 2018 editions.

FutureFest is one of Europe’s largest festivals of the future, and explores how the most pressing challenges of our time could be tackled by developing radical alternative future visions. In both of these years my work has involved curating 6-8 main stage speakers, 4 Debate Stage panels (32 speakers) and 4-8 installations, plus involvement in overall theme and integrating other side events. Each event I have curated work involving over 100 people.

I have been enable to evolve my research themes into public facing programmes of work for these two festivals, and for the awards, the exhibitions and performances and debates around them. This has included translating for a wider public complex strands of debate around topical innovations, linked to the future human and digital technologies. To do this I have researched my theme, explored multiple speakrer options and combinations, and briefed and invited experts and speakers. This is followed by further speaker briefings and writing of the public facing copy to demystify and enable these imperative debate about our identity and our future human condition to be accessed by wider environments and communities, beyond the univeristy context.

- FutureFest 2016 - 17-18th Sept - 3900 attendees over 2 day weekender festival in London's Tobacco Docks.

In 2016 I curated the theme 'Future Love' - examining digital intimacy in this time of connectivity, the innovations in digital engagement in love and sensualities. Here I was able to test the most universal of all emotions, exploring what happens to romance, dating, identity and even skin when we move beyond the physical and merge with the virtual, by inviting pioneers, innovators and future thinkers to share their visions.

This included a Human Chip Impant event live on stage with myself, Dr Phoebe Moore & Hannes Sjoblad), BBC journalist Kate Russell on Love in Gaming, Shu Lea Cheang on Viral Love is Future Love, Cindy Gallop on The Future of Love and Work, John Troyer on Death is the Future. Death is Always the Future, Dan O’Neill and Lewis Arnold on directing the series Humans and DJ Spooky on The Future of Love Music.

Debates I curated included Hyper Enhanced Sensualities, Synthetic Emotions and Shifting Identities

The Future of Love theme also includes some visionary installations running on both days: an immersion work ( directed by Ghislaine Boddington) called Collective Reality, which explores digital togetherness, a strong, youth radio work Coming Out by the RoundHouse, and a special room of experts sharing visions for Love After Death in a digital age by Stacey Pitsillides.

- FutureFest 2018 - 6-7th July - 3200 attendees over 2 day weekender festival in London's Tobacco Docks.

I mainly curated into the 'Alternative You' curatorial strand of this 2018 festival. This included programming a range of speakers, installations and debate panels exploring themes linked to the body and data and our emerging digital presence and identity in the world - examining the blending interface between the physical and data self. My panels included the Future of Work, Machines that Care for Us, Virtual Physical Immersion and Augmented Bodies.

Main stage speakers and panel speakers I curated included Douglas Rushkoff, Proff Noel Sharkey, Prof Rebecca Allen, Jude Kelly, Kyle McDonald, Imogen Heap, Atau Tanaka, Vinay Gupta, Imogen Heap, Mike Stubbs, Usman Haque, Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Gareth Mitchell, Prof Noel Sharkey, Ann Branch, Prof Tony Prescott and Russ Shaw and Jasmine Idun Isdrake.

Installations included Stanza's The Reader and Nemisis Machine. I also co-curated, with body>data>spae, the Bio-Body-Tech, a room of innovative projects that only work in connection with our bodies through expanding and enhancing our senses, utilising our bio-signals and reacting to our body transmissions. It expored the way touch, gesture, vibration, muscle motion and all our senses today are part of our digital transmissions, our bio-signal data extending all around us and enabling us to send and receive signals and expand our bodies into new realms.This included projects from Sheffiled Robotics and Goldsmiths University.

See attached documents for more information and Nesta's YouTube Channel for FutureFest 2018 videos including Ghislaine’s curated main stage speakers Professor Rebecca Allen, Kyle MacDonald, Douglas Rushkoff and Professor Noel Sharkey; plus Nesta's Vimeo Channel including Ghislaine in conversation with Russ Shaw (TLA) and Jude Kelly (WOW).

Press coverage mentioning Ghisaines curatorial contributions in depth from Forbes and the Independent.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Uncontrolled Keywords: festival, future human, curation, virtual physical, immersion, love, alternative, digital, technology,
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Creative Professions & Digital Arts
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Last Modified: 05 Aug 2019 09:32
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 2
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/23753

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