Review | Futuresonic09 round up

So it’s May again which means that it’s time for me along with hundreds of other art-tech and social media types to descend on Manchester for Futuresonic09.


First of all I’d like to say a BIG ‘well done’ to the Director of the festival Drew Hemment and his brilliant team. This years conference was really well organised and brought a great collection of speakers together. The ranging insight and expertise each speaker brought to the conference felt relevant and the mix of practicing artists and ‘tech-industry’ representatives generated some interesting debates on the platform.

The over arching thread of the conference was environment 2.0 but within that key sessions were guided by a few more specific themes. These were:

Some InterventTech round up posts on specific sessions to follow soon.

Other facets of the conference included a contemporary exhibition of art combining newly commissioned pieces and existing works at CUBE and a number of participative events for people to get involved in around Manchester. I didn’t manage to do all of these but will share some thoughts on the stuff I did have a go at in the next couple of days.

My highlights

Before I sign off here’s some links to a few of my personal highlights from the conference:

  • James Marriot talked about PLATFORM. This group of clever folk promote creative processes of democratic engagement to advance social and ecological justice
  • Usman Haque introduced Natural Fuse and Pachube
  • Dave Griffiths talked about the importance of plants and growing things in his work at foam
  • Aaron Koblin demonstrated the power of data with his awesome data visualisations
  • Jonah Brucker-Cohan’s social subversions, the newest Thwonk launched at Futuresonic


~ by claire_w on May 16, 2009.

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