Over 2014-2015, I had the great privilege of lead-curating my second FutureFest for the innovation charity Nesta. This culminated in an amazingly successful weekend on 14-15 March, 2015, in the exhibition rooms at Vinopolis, near London Bridge (see Nesta's site for more).
We had global media coverage, a sell-out crowd of over 3000 attendees, and the most stimulating range of immersive experiences, world-shaping speakers, provocative panels, tech demonstrations and brilliant music.
Have a look through Twitter, at least over the next few weeks, and you'll sample the range of responses to keynote speakers like Edward Snowden (his full interview below), Vivienne Westwood, George Clinton and Jon Ronson, and premier commisions like Neurosis, the world's first neuro-driven thrill-ride, Minimaforms' Emotive City, and the synaesthesic music-experience the Sensory Score. (Indeed, the Vine above shows George Clinton riding Neurosis - futurism to the power of N!). As well as food, drink and sensory stimulations pitched somewhere at the mid-century point.
We also had panels powering through themes like FutureDemocracy (with Helena Kennedy, Owen Jones, Jon Cruddas and Natalie Bennett), FutureMoney (with Vitalik Buterin, John Lanchester, Barry Eichengreen, and the cream of cryptocurrency innovators) and FutureMachines (with automation forecasters like Micheal Osborne and Ije Nwokorie).
We had urban imagineers from Lagos and Jo'Burg, and two Gulf Futurists (Sophia al-Maria and Noah Raford), as well as representatives from the new wave of net-era political parties, the Pirate Party, Podemos and Italy's 5 Star Movement.
My undying praise to the amazing curatorial and organisational associates at Nesta, and beyond, who made this event such a widescreen success - including Josh McNorton, Jessica Bland, Simon Morrison and Rebecca Rossini from Nesta, and independent curators Ghislaine Boddington (body/data/space) and Glenn Max (Convergence).
Not sure when the next FutureFest starts to kick off - but I am very much in the market for other curational or event opportunities. Happy to hear from you at the email link on the menu above, or click here.
Best, and till next time, Pat Kane
Pat Kane's media promotion of FutureFest
- Interview with Run-Riot "It's a Glastonbury for the Future"
- Curator interview with Billetto
- Interview with The Independent (end of interview plug)
- My guest blogs as lead-curator for Nesta website
- My guest op-ed on "Stagnation" for Nesta's The Long And The Short
Pat Kane on London Live TV