Walking tour: Voices in the Air, Ghosts in the Machine
The history of ‘mechanical manifestation’ in Manchester
Thu 01 January - Sun 07 July
Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, M3 4FP
8+, Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
£12 webBreak £2 transaction fee per order (no per ticket fee)
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). Future Sessions
All Walking Tours depart from outside the Science and Industry Museum at the front entrance on Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP. Google map link: https://bit.ly/2KC9Nfq
Please look out for a Future Everything member of staff waving and holding a clipboard!
The walking tours will last around 90 minutes each and cover a maximum distance of 1.2km. The tours will take place in a group, and the group will stay together throughout.
There are toilets (including accessible toilets) located close at the tour start and end point at the Science and Industry Museum. If required during the walking tour, your guide can ensure that the group passes a toilet.
There is a Changing Places facility is at Central Library (3 mins’ walk away), which is open 9am-8pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-5pm Friday and Saturday. For a full map of Changing Places in Manchester city centre, please visit the Changing Places website.
Please bring comfortable footwear, an umbrella or hood (in case of light rain) and bottled water if you need a drink along the way.
Filming and photography: We may be filming/taking photos as part of the walks, we will ask for your consent at the start of the tour.
Audio recording: We will be audio recording some of the tour along the way via a field recorder and an electromagnetic ghost detector.