The Future Starts Here at the V&A Museum (London, England)

From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, this exhibition will bring together more than 100 objects as a landscape of possibilities for the near future.

This exhibition will display emerging technologies, the ways in which they will affect our lives in the near future, and what choices we have – as citizens – to influence their development.

We will explore the future, using evidence from the present, by showing real objects that are currently in development, being worked on by scientists and designers in studios and laboratories around the world. Guided by a series of questions, the visitor is encouraged to imagine the implications of these technologies and devices a number of years from now.

Thresholds: virtual reality artwork by Mat Collishaw (Bradford, UK)

Thresholds by Mat Collishaw from Mat Collishaw Studio on Vimeo.

Be transported through space and time by Thresholds—a fully immersive portal to the past.

In 1839, British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot presented his photographic prints to the public; in doing so, he created the world’s first major photography exhibition.

Almost 180 years later, you can visit Talbot’s seminal exhibition for yourself with Thresholds, an extraordinary virtual reality artwork by Mat Collishaw. See, hear and feel the past as you take a multisensory journey back in time. Walk through a digitally reconstructed room and marvel at Talbot’s inventions—you will even feel the heat of a coal fire.

Visit Thresholds and experience the dawn of photography like never before.

The Chemistry of Biology: An Alchemy of DNA Exhibition & Opening (Birmingham, England)

Anna Dumitriu’s residency at in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham will culminate in an exhibition at BOM, which explores the chemical nature of DNA, the enigmatic ‘instruction book of life’, which at its base is simply a concoction of phosphorus, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen and carbon. Referencing alchemical desires to ‘transmute’ matter into new forms, create panaceas to cure any disease, or to find the secret of immortality, the artist weaves together complex historical narratives with synthetic biology, DNA sequencing, and new super-resolution imaging technologies in an attempt to deconstruct what DNA is and what it means to us. The exhibition will involve a large scale digital projection and a sculptural installation involving the raw materials of DNA.

Anna has been collaborating with Dr Rob Neely from the University of Birmingham to explore how new chemical tools in biotechnology will have far reaching cultural and scientific implications for the future. Their collaboration has been funded by a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Award. It is created as part of the BeyondSeq project.

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival 2017 (Castleton, England, UK)

This biennial site specific festival of digital culture, art and film returns for its 8th edition this September

Abandon Normal Devices enters the void, shafts and veins of the peaks for a subterranean festival in September 2017 with 4 days of site specific installations, world premieres and performances.

The programme will reveal the earth’s layers, from the drone’s eye view to subterranean bunkers – it will be a prophetic, provocative and uncanny reflection on the verticality of the earth.

Going on a journey from inner and outer spaces, the festival will become a site for the symbolic and sub-conscious, a composing of artistic practices which invite us to reflect on groundlessness and deep time, artists will become archaeologists of the future unearthing rare sounds, simulated environments and technological ruins.

There will be a mix of free and ticketed events featuring 4 days of unusual and unexpected installations and an eclectic mix of events – all site specific to the natural environment of Castleton, Peak District National Park, which evidences the changes to the earth from the ice age to modern day mining.

The Future Of_ Talk Series 2017 (London, England)

The Future Of_ is a talk series that invites future-shapers to illuminate us with their thoughts on the near and far future.

Bypassing the ‘middleman’, The Future Of_ is a unique opportunity to directly access the creatives influencing the edges of tomorrow..

ASMbly Festival 2017 (Leeds, England)

ASMbly 2017 is confirmed!

ASMbly Lab is our annual pop-up studio/laboratory/workshop in Leeds city centre, facilitating cross-disciplinary collaboration between artists, scientists and makers.

ASMbly 2017 runs from Wednesday 26th July to Sunday 6th August.

Over the 12 days, we will be hosting an art/ science exhibition, a series of 10 workshops, art/sci/maker drop-in activities, a superposition event and a performance night.

Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction (London, England)

Opening in summer 2017, major Barbican exhibition Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction is a genre-defining exploration of one of popular culture’s most celebrated realms. Featuring work not yet shown in the UK – including original objects and artwork from The Paul G. Allen Family Collection – concept art and models from films Godzilla, Stargate and Dark City; and original manuscripts from iconic authors such as Jules Verne – this unprecedented show encompasses music, film and contemporary art to present a new, global perspective on science fiction.

Contemporary artists such as Soda_Jerk and Eija-Liisa Ahtila will feature in the show alongside new commissions from designers including Territory Studio, who draw upon their motion graphics work for The Martian (2015). More than 200 books from around the world, as well as iconic film clips, pulps, adverts, comics, posters and robots, will also be on display.

Into the Unknown will be organised into four key chapters – Extraordinary Voyages, Space Odysseys, Brave New Worlds and Final Frontiers – that will each explore classic narratives of the genre in new ways.

Treehugger : Chapter 1 Wawona at Migrations 2017 (Port Talbot, Wales)

Migrations presents Treehugger in partnership with Margam Country park.

Co-commisioned by The Cinekid Foundation, STRP, Southbank Centre and Migrations. Created by Marshmallow Laser Feast.

Experience the scale and wonder of earth’s largest living individual organism!

The longer you hug, the deeper you drift into a hidden world just beyond the limits of your senses.

Treehugger is the world’s first virtual reality experience that aims to shift our mindset from consumerism to conservation, through a huge replicated model of a giant sequoia tree and a Vive VR headset.

Discover the tree’s hidden inner structure: grooves in the bark become giant cliffs, pine cones feel like cathedrals. Continue hugging and you are sucked into ‘tree time’ and experience neuron-like energy flows in the treetop canopy.

Collaborating with leading researchers at London’s Natural History Museum and Salford University Manchester, this project uses the latest 3D imaging techniques. A combination of LIDAR, white light and CT scanning creates a VR experience that distorts space and time and makes the invisible visible.

Splice Festival 2017 (London, England)

Splice Festival 2017 Teaser from Splice Festival on Vimeo.

Photo credit: Andy Lomas

Splice Festival is back for its second edition, taking place over the bank holiday weekend 26th – 28th May 2017 at East London’s multi-arts centres Rich Mix, Red Gallery and Kamio.

Part of the EU funded AV Node network, Splice brings together over 40 international artists to celebrate the diverse field of audiovisual performance, including live cinema, AV remixing, VJing, video art and projection mapping. This year sees another diverse programme with headline act Coldcut, Award-winning Mira Calix and DJ Food among the performers alongside a host of educational talks, networking and satellite events.

Future Emerging Art and Technology (Dundee, Scotland)

After many months of fruitful collaborations between artists and FET projects, FEAT and LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery at the University of Dundee are pleased to present the premier of Future Emerging Art and Technology, an exhibition of artworks created by internationally acclaimed artists working in collaboration with cutting edge European Union research projects, exploring gene regulation, quantum physics, underwater robotics, carbon capture, and exascale computing.

The exhibition includes new artworks by boredomresearch, Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand, Anna Dumitriu, Špela Petrič & MihaTuršič, Semiconductor, and Pinar Yoldas, created through in-depth embedded residencies at the forefront of new research in EU Future Emerging Technology (FET) projects working side-by side with scientists.