Metropolis Laboratory, Copenhagen
28-30 June 2010
Drew Hemment has been invited to give a keynote presentation at Metropolis Laboratory, part of the Metropolis Biennale in Copenhagen, on Monday 28 June, to talk about how FutureEverything transforms the urban environment in Manchester into a living lab or play space.
Initiated in 2007, the Metropolis Laboratory and Metropolis Biennale in Copenhagen is already established as a focal point for a generation of international artists, researchers and practitioners involved with urbanism.
The main theme of Metropolis is the urban condition as contested and developed in the realm of the arts, and how new technologies change the nature of the understanding of the public realm. The Laboratory is a starting point for the Metropolis Biennale in August 2011.
FutureEverything: The City as Living Lab or Play Space
Drew Hemment will give a keynote presentation on Monday 28 June looking at how FutureEverything transforms the city of Manchester into a living lab or play space.
FutureEverything is an art, technology and social innovation organisation in Manchester that all year round runs innovation labs and an annual festival of art, music and ideas. The festival is the crucible that allows artists, technologists and future-thinkers to share, innovate and bring the future into the present. It seeks to reimagine, liberate and alienate the city through collaborative art and technology practice.
The organisation is an independent, artist- and research-led project, which over 15 years has developed very strong collaborative links with strategic city partners as well as a broad range of communities, companies and institutions. As a result it is able, through festival events, to transform the urban environment in Manchester into a living lab or play space for participatory experiments in art, society and technology.
Drew Hemment: Biography
Dr. Drew Hemment is an artist, curator and researcher based in Manchester England. Recent projects have been on open data, remote collaboration, new mobilities and environmental mass observation. He is Director and Founder of FutureEverything (formerly Futuresonic), and is Associate Director of ImaginationLancaster at Lancaster University.
An interest in social technologies and art in urban space was developed through a 3-year study on the shifting boundaries between art practice, the event and data systems. Participation in a series of workshops and online discussions in 2003 which helped to elaborate the field of locative media, was followed by the Mobile Connections exhibition within Futuresonic 2004 that sought to explore forms of expression that are intrinsic or unique to mobile and wireless media.
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