DYSTOPIA987 Exclusive

Experience Skepta's DYSTOPIA987. Skepta took over Mayfield Depot for three nights at #MIF19: radical noise, immersive technology and blistering live performance, all behind closed doors in this cavernous transformed space of Mayfield. See the full film on MIF Live -

Laurie Anderson Interview | To The Moon

Laurie Anderson tells us more about To the #Moon, her latest #VR project presented at #MIF19. Created as part of Anderson’s MIF19 residency, To the Moon is a special opportunity to explore the ideas and inventions of this singularly brilliant American artist ahead of the new work she’ll be premiering and presenting at The Factory, the future home of MIF. Find out more about To The Moon with an immersive, in-depth article by Laurie Anderson -

Behind the Scenes on Studio Creole

Go behind the scenes of Studio Créole with Adam Thirlwell (Curator), John Collins (Director), Federico Martelli (Co-designer) and Lisa Dwan (Performer). Seven leading writers from seven countries tell us seven new stories – in seven different languages. Studio Créole is an intimate laboratory for stories where we can hear writers read in their original language and simultaneously listen to a live translation, channelle through a lone performer. And as we listen, these stories and languages thrillingly fragment and fuse.

Icaria | Manchester International Festival x NOWNESS

MIF x NOWNESS partnered to create an editorial piece with Emmy-nominated director Fx Goby to breathe new life into the time-honoured Greek myth of Icarus, a young man who flew too close to the sun, featuring Alphabus dancer Yandass. Find out more here:

The Story Behind Atmospheric Memory

See Rafael Lozano Hemmer tell us more about Atmospheric Memory. A breathtaking immersive art environment, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Atmospheric Memory scours the sky for the voices of our past. Inspired by computing pioneer Charles Babbage’s 180-year-old proposal that the air is a ‘vast library’ holding every word ever spoken, Atmospheric Memory asks: was Babbage right? Can we rewind the movement of the air to recreate long-lost voices? And if so, whose would we want to hear? 

Behind the Scenes on Invisible Cities

See the latest behind the scenes video from Invisible Cities. Leo Warner, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Lolita Chakrabarti, 59 Productions and Rambert bring to life a series of fantastical places in this world-premiere production. Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Rambert, Brisbane Festival, Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival, Sadler’s Wells, SMG Live, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre (JACC) and Karl Sydow.

Spotlight on Ibrahim Mahama

Ibrahim Mahama on Parliament of Ghosts a major new installation reflecting on the half forgotten history of his home country, Ghana.

Spotlight on artist Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera’s powerful, provocative and inspiring new work, The School of Integration draws us nearer to those who’ve made this city their home, inviting us to discover and embrace the diversity in our midst.

Behind the Scenes of TREE

A behind the scenes snapshot of TREE, an electrifying blend of drama, music and dance that follows one man’s journey into the heart and soul of contemporary South Africa. Starring Alfred Enoch and multi-award-winning actor Sinéad Cusack. TREE is directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and with music inspired by Idris Elba’s album Mi Mandela.

The Making of Atmospheric Memory

A custom-built chamber has been created for Atmospheric Memory created by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Atmospheric Memory is one of the most exciting and extraordinary events on the MIF19 programme.

Songs of the Lost – Trailer

Songs of the Lost is a magic-realist game odyssey through a surreal and absurd digital landscape.

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