Futuresonic 2007 Art Exhibition
The Art For Shopping Centres exhibition at Futuresonic 2007 featured major commissioned artworks responding to the social context of one of the UK's main shopping centres. Thirty years after Brian Eno's Music For Airports, Futuresonic presented an art exhibition after which you will never look at a shopping centre the same again.
Read Curatorial Statement by Drew Hemment on Art For Shopping Centres.
The exhibition took place in Manchester Arndale which had a footfall of 1 million people during the two weeks of the exhibition. There were only two news items on regional TV on the opening days of the exhibition, the resignation of Tony Blaire and the exhibition, which was watched by a TV audience of 4 million. One of the new artworks commissioned by Futuresonic in 2007 has been shown 18 times at international events, and identified by New York Times as the highlight of Eyebeam's Source Code exhibition. View The Duellists
Featuring three major new artworks commissioned by Futuresonic 2007 :
Art For Shopping Centres is the centrepiece of Urban Play, continuing
Futuresonic's focus since 2004 on taking artworks out of the galleries
and into urban space.
Curated by Drew Hemment
An aim of the project is drawing together a national network, made up of, on the one hand, practitioners working in free-media and related fields, and, on the other, national media art festivals. The project will involve a network meeting with national partners and stakeholders to explore opportunities for further development and activity.
Schedule of National Activities:
/// A five day collaborative workshop at MediaShed will draw together the international artists to explore collaborative methodologies.
/// A public seminar at Enter_Unknown Territories will introduce the themes of the project and a participatory workshop will introduce the GEARBOX free-media video toolkit.
/// Futuresonic 2007 will host the Art For Shopping Centres exhibition at Futuresonic 2007, plus a free-media strand at the Social Technologies Summit.
/// A participatory workshop involving Access Space as a part of Lovebytes in Sheffield will involve hands-on experiments with free-media and "video sniffing", a technique in which signals are intercepted from wireless closed circuit video cameras in the urban environment.
/// A 2 day free-running and free-media workshop at Contact, led by MediaShed and Methods of Movement, produced by Contact Theatre.
Photography by Jan Dixon & Emily Dixon, www.andthewardrobe.co.uk