Mon 8th July

9am – 4.30pm

Conference Suite, Science and Industry Museum, M3 4FP


The Air of Turbulence is a day of debates, conversations and participatory sessions exploring ideas of digital heritage, future histories and voices in the context of the Cloud, ownership, power and control. Taking Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Atmospheric Memory and its inspiration from Charles Babbage as a starting point, The Air of Turbulence brings together artists, researchers, technologists, scientists and other participants to debate and unravel emerging technological advances and challenges looking through the past, present and future.

From technological histories to machine learning, facial and voice recognition, and their implications, how do historical ideas and inventions relate to emerging digital technologies, and how can we survive a future increasingly driven by algorithms? The Air of Turbulence will also explore the traces left on the environment as we rely more and more on digital communications technologies and cloud computing, and continue to accumulate vast amounts of data.

Speakers include Atmospheric Memory artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, curator José Luis de Vicente, artists Katriona Beales and Anna Ridler, William Tunstall-Pedoe, entrepreneur and founder of Evi and many more.

The day will conclude with an optional walking tour, limited tickets will be available. Find out more and book here.

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).