November 27, 2020, by Hazel Sayers
The Future Machine update
Creating Rituals For When The Future Comes
A performance of the Future Machine in London took place with musicians Alex Dayo, David Kemp, Miles Ncube, Indira Lemouchi, Furtherfield Commons, the weather and the Future Machine. Bringing music, art, nature, climate and weather together in these difficult and uncertain times, to celebrate the Autumn and think about the future.
The performance took place without a live public audience, with social distancing and safety precautions in place, adhering to the government guidelines as outlined here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts
In the live performance, to enable social distancing the Future Machine was moved to the background – only able to peer in through the door and so the performance of the machine was limited for safety. Rachel had to run around the building and back to move the lever at the back of the machine, to change between the sounds of the weather (the present mode of the machine) and the messages left for the future in 2019 (the past mode). Sadly this is hard to see in the live stream but if you look hard enough after she runs out the room you might see her appear at the back of the machine!
In response to Covid-19 the Future Machine will be continuing it’s journey across England remotely and physically – when and how we can move about and meet safely. The Future Machine aims to witness change, and celebrate hope and resilience, where we are now, however we can, to help us prepare for and thrive in the future.
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