Curated Place’s Director Andy Brydon was Programme Director and Festival Producer for Manchester’s FutureEverything Festival 2011-2012.

FutureEverything is an annual digital arts festival that is the UK’s leading event that showcases emerging trends in new media. It was recently rated by the Guardian as one of the top ten international ideas festivals, alongside TEDx, 99% and South by South West.

Based in Manchester, the festival brought together world premieres of participatory artworks, a city-wide music programme, and a conference featuring international speakers, technologists and academics.  

FutureEverything 2012

2012’s festival celebrated the participatory culture that is changing our world. For the first time in the festival’s history, the conference sold out. This successful event was documented in national, local and international media and saw a massive increase in ticket sales on the previous year. Four members of the Curated Place team helped produce this event.

The art programme comprised an exhibition at the Museum of Science & Industry, participatory artworks from Blast Theory and Lawrence Epps, and the Handmade digital craft fair at Victoria Baths.

The music programme featured Amon Tobin’s ISAM (Live), Matthew Herbert’s One Pig, Dieter Moebius, Tim Hecker and many more at venues including Islington Mill, St Philiip’s Church, Manchester Cathedral and the RNCM.

The conference was hosted by the Museum of Science and Industry and explored the interface between technology, society and culture.  It featured speakers including Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Carlo Ratti, Rohan Gunatillake, Fiona Courage (Mass Observation Archive), Ed Vaizey MP, Rufus Pollock, Bill Thompson (BBC), The John Peel Centre, and Adrian Hon amongst others.

FutureEverything 2011

Formerly known as FutureSonic, FutureEverything 2011 hosted week-long music events, and a free digital art exhibition in the Northern Quarter.

Music headliners included Steve Reich, Das Racist, Beach House, Warpaint, and live film scores by Rob da Bank (King Kong) and 65daysofstatic (Silent Running).

Emotional computing, the digital self and the integration of digital technology within our cities were topics on the agenda for the two-day FutureEverything Conference at 4 Piccadilly Place. Guest speakers included James Bridle, Kars Alfrink, Sue Thomas and Juha van ‘t Zelfde.

4 Piccadilly Place also formed a second creative arts hub with exhibitions and events. Elsewhere in the city visitors experienced Handmade’s creative hacking workshops at Victoria Baths and an interactive artworks. The Data Dimension art exhibition looked at ways in which artists and individuals can creatively visualise, personalise and make sense of streams of data. Highlights included Nicolas Felton’s Annual Reports of everyday personal interactions, and Nadeem Haidary’s posters revealing the nutritional content of food in art and presentations from Google and BBC Data Art projects.


Manchester’s answer to South by SouthWest” – NME

Indulge your inner geek” – Guardian Top 10 Ideas Festivals