Headed up by the team at FutureEverything, FAULT LINES is a landmark talent development and commissioning programme awarded an Ambition for Excellence award by Arts Council England.
One of the great challenges with demonstrating the value of the Internet of Things is that, for the most part, it’s invisible. In fact, it’s more than invisible since you can’t hear or smell or touch it either.
But it’s not just a concept or an abstract thought, it’s something that’s already beginning to shape the way we live – and, in Manchester, is set to improve the way the city runs for those living, working and playing within it.
With this in mind, an important part of the CityVerve project involves making these improvements visible, and coming up with ways to visualise the city functions that go on behind the scenes.
One way to do this is through art. And in a city with the cultural heritage of Manchester, that option is something of a no-brainer.
Drawing on history
An example of how FutureEverything brings art and innovation together is through FAULT LINES, a project they’ll be bringing into the heart of CityVerve.
The name of the initiative is, as ever, no accident, and refers to the fault lines that run between cultures and language in art and technology innovation. This project aims to blur those lines and celebrate what happens when art and innovation meet.
As Drew Hemment, FutureEverything’s founder and creative director, outlined in a recent blog post, this feeds into a long history of combining art and innovation.
Whether in the technical (and beautiful) drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci that arguably shaped the course of history, or the kinds of present day solutions that have put tiny, powerful computers in our palms and changed the way we communicate, the link between creativity and ground-breaking technological innovation is as strong as it is inevitable.
It feels particularly apt, given CityVerve’s citizen-centric approach, to be feeding into this lineage – as well as taking the opportunity to show off the amazing work being delivered by our consortium of partners!
Back in 2016, when the CityVerve project was still in its infancy, seven exceptional artists were selected for the FAULT LINES project: Kasia Molga, Dan Hett, Ling Tan, Helen Knowles, Naho Matsuda, Chomko & Rosier, and Peter J Evans. The artists came together for a 3-day residential earlier this year.
Naho Matsuda is developing the first commission for CityVerve. The brief for this has been shaped by the regular Community Forums run by FutureEverything, and responds to themes and technologies in the CityVerve project.