FutureEverything Future Sessions

Walking tour: Voices in the Air, Ghosts in the Machine

The history of ‘mechanical manifestation’ in Manchester


Thu 01 January -
Sun 07 July

Starting time


Running time

90 mins.


Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, M3 4FP


Age guidelines

8+, Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

Price range

£12 webBreak £2 transaction fee per order (no per ticket fee)


Access information

In this specially commissioned 90-minute walking tour, we’ll trace the history of ‘mechanical manifestation’ in Manchester, discovering how inventors, engineers and performers have materialised otherwise invisible worlds. We’ll follow the journey from the mechanical stage illusions of the Victorian era via early computing and on to the contemporary experiential technologies found in Atmospheric Memory. Join us as we explore the moments when the mystical and alchemical evolved into contemporary science and engineering and ask: whose voices persist, as ghosts in the modern machine, through the influence of their ideas?

Future Sessions is a programme of talks, walking tours and conversations exploring the themes and technologies of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s breathtaking new work, Atmospheric Memory.

Future Sessions is curated and produced by FutureEverything, in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

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