Futuresonic – Social Technologies Summit

ENVIRONMENT 2.0
a Futuresonic 2007 festival special feature.

Futuresonic is taking steps to reduce the environmental impact of the festival, starting with a pioneering study of the carbon footprint of the Futuresonic 2007 festival, undertaken in collaboration with the Manchester-based Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Creative Concern, and a series of projects which highlight social and environmental impact of future arts and technologies.

The issues raised by this will be explored under the banner of ENVIRONMENT 2.0 within the SOCIAL TECHNOLOGIES SUMMIT, the main conference strand of the Futuresonic festival.


SOCIAL TECHNOLOGIES SUMMIT
*SPECIAL ADVANCE BOOKING RATE AVAILABLE TILL 31 DECEMBER*

£25 (Normally £45)
http://www.futuresonic.com/07/bookings.html
The Delegate Pass gives you access to all Futuresonic seminars and talks, the Social Technologies Summit, and entrance to Futuresonic Live events over the festival weekend. See below for details.

A part of Futuresonic 2007
http://www.futuresonic.com

SOCIAL TECHNOLOGIES SUMMIT
http://www.socialtechsummit.org
The main conference strand of the Futuresonic festival, the Social Technologies Summit, is a major international conference exploring the creative and social potential and implications of new technologies, bringing together leading figures to explore “a whole new way of doing things in the air”.

KEY THEMES FOR 2007:

ENVIRONMENT 2.0
In 2007 a focus of the Social Technologies Summit is ENVIRONMENT 2.0, a new international initiative in which two worlds collide:
o The world is waking up to realities of climate change, long predicted but until now too easy to ignore.
o The world is in love with smart environments, mobile communication, pervasive media, wearable computing.
Can these two approaches to environment, each one iconic for our times, be reconciled?

The Social Technologies Summit will host a network meeting for ENVIRONMENT 2.0, and present the findings of a pioneering study of the carbon footprint of the Futuresonic festival, undertaken in collaboration with Manchester-based Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Creative Concern.

FREE-MEDIA
A linked focus is FREE-MEDIA. Free-media is about finding inspiration and resources in our built and natural environment that were previously dismissed as being without value or irrelevant. It doesn’t cost much because it makes use of public domain Free and Open Source Software, and recycles freely available old equipment, waste materials and junk (FOSS). Free-media increases access to media technologies, especially to the people who need it most and can afford it the least, and lowers environmental impact of the media we produce and consume.

THE MAP DESIGNERS
The 2007 Summit will also play host to THE MAP DESIGNERS, an event drawing together map hackers, artists, cartographers, DIY technologists, architects, game programmers, bloggers and semantic web philosophers. Presented by the British Cartographic Society, the event will focus upon the interface between cartography and cutting edge design.

FUTUREVISUAL
As the main conference strand of the Futuresonic festival, the Social Technologies Summit will also host discussions of the festival’s artistic themes. In 2007 this will involve a conference strand supporting Futurevisual, a city wide celebration of future image and sound. It will mark the 40th anniversary of the first multimedia events of the kind that we would understand today, which took place in the halcyon year of 1967, the year that also saw the first crossover between avant garde and popular music, and the introduction of the Moog synthesiser. The conference will feature seminal figures from the period, alongside contemporary artists who can connect with the energy and openness of 1967, and bring it bang up to date.

FUTURESONIC 2007
Futuresonic, the urban festival of electronic arts and music, is moving from July to May, back to the Spring date it occupied in 2004.
Futuresonic 2007 will feature profile music events in Futuresonic Live, and art and technology events in Urban Play, a strand of the festival introduced in 2006 that has since been mirrored in other events in the UK and Europe.

DELEGATE PASS
Advance Booking Rate
£25 (Normally £45)
Reserve your discounted Delegate Pass before December 31st 2006 and make payment by January 31st 2007 http://www.futuresonic.com/07/bookings.html

The Delegate Pass gives you access to all Futuresonic seminars and talks, the Social Technologies Summit, and entrance to Futuresonic Live events over the festival weekend. You must reserve your discounted Delegate Pass before December 31st 2006 and make payment by January 31st 2007. To reserve email tickets2007@futuresonic.com stating your name, address and contact details. You will be sent purchasing information from the festival box office by January 8th 2007.

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