Sat 20 July -
Sat 20 July

Starting time

10am-1pm webBreak 2-5pm


Theatre 1, HOME webBreak 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN

Unreserved Seating

Price range

webBreak £8 webBreak £2 transaction fee per order (no per ticket fee) webBreak webBreak Unreserved Seating

In our third and final Interdependence summit as part of Distractions, we take inspiration from DYSTOPIA987 and Atmospheric Memory at MIF19, we’ll explore how science and technology are enabling us to reconfigure our minds, bodies and relationships with each other and the world around us, and we’ll be hearing from the artists and futurists visualising new worlds and the thinkers tackling the big ideas.

Across sessions in the morning (10am–1pm) and afternoon (2–5pm), we’ll be hearing from contributors including:
• Refik Anadol, media artist, director and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence
• Jessica Brillhart, immersive director, writer and theorist widely known for her work in VR, and founder of mixed reality studio Vrai Pictures
• Clusterduck, interdisciplinary collective working at the crossroads of research, design and transmedial media
• Paloma Dawkins, cartoonist and world builder who is creating a brand new video game for MIF19
• Claire L Evans, writer, musician and the author of Broad Band: The Untold History of the Women Who Made the Internet
• Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng, Regius Professor of Computer Science, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Engagement) and an Executive Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton
• Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, artist and creator of Atmospheric Memory at MIF19
• Sarah Ellis, Director of Digital Development at the Royal Shakespeare Company
• Marshmallow Laser Feast, multimedia design studio specialising in VR
• Hardeep Pandhal, artist and creator of the Interdependence artist commission for MIF19
• Anna Ridler, artist and researcher working with AI, machine learning and self-generated data sets
• Professor Verena Rieser, Professor in Conversational Artificial Intelligence at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
• Ash Sarkar, Senior Editor at Novara Media, where her work focuses on race, gender, class and power
• TEM, creative studio for Skepta’s DYSTOPIA987 at MIF19

Produced by Manchester International Festival in association with HOME.

Distractions is presented by Manchester International Festival, Sound City and FutureEverything, developed by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham and Greater Manchester Combined Authority, with the support of Peter Saville, Rose Marley and Modern Designers. The recreational future starts here.

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Sat 20 July 2019
Sat 20 July 2019


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