ART FOR SHOPPING CENTRES
Thirty years after Brian Eno’s Music For Airports, Futuresonic presents Art For Shopping Centres, an exhibition of major artworks, after which you will never look at a shopping centre the same again.
A part of FUTURESONIC 2007
10-12 May, Manchester
10-20 May 2007, 09.00 – 20.00
Transforming the city into a space of experimentation, freeing urban space, making it strange.
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.
Staged in partnership with Manchester Arndale, Manchester’s main city centre shopping centre as one of their 3 major cultural events in 2007.
ITS ALL AROUND US
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 Festival, 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 Contact Theatre.
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
(Free access to over 30 events)
Delegate Pass £45
(Includes a Weekender Wristband)