The fourth season of Hull 2017 opens with a view into Hull’s future, 80 years from now.
The year-long 2097: We Made Ourselves Over, from award-winning interactive art pioneers Blast Theory, will culminate in a month of extraordinary sci-fi experiences in Hull, between 1 – 29 October.
Jointly commissioned by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture, in association with KCOM, the project invites people to enter the futuristic hybrid city of Aarhull via a series of sci-fi shorts and a smartphone app.
The project has been inspired by a series of workshops with groups of people aged 18-24 and 60+, where participants were asked to imagine their communities in the year 2097. These were followed by a cultural exchange, which saw five young people from Hull travel to Aarhus to learn more about life in the Danish city.
Kicking off on 1 October, phone boxes across the city will ring in unison to herald 2097’s arrival. If you answer the call will enter into a conversation with a character from Aarhull, who will ask you to record your own vision of the future.
A short sci-fi film will be released each Saturday in the month, starting on 1 October. Shot on location in Hull and Aarhus before being treated with state of the art visual effects, the shorts will be available to view online via www.wemadeourselvesover.com and on a loop at pop-up screenings each Saturday and Sunday in October in city locations suggested by locals. These screenings kick off in the Bransholme area of Hull on Saturday 1 October.
A smartphone app will also be available to download from 1 October. Talk with the characters onscreen, share your hopes for your future and discover more about the surprising world of 2097. New episodes will be released every weekend in October.
Nick Tandavanitj from Blast Theory says: “During October a leak will spring from Aarhull 2097 – the futuristic hybrid city we’ve created with your help – into Hull.
“Over the last year, we’ve been having a conversation with you and with future experts about what your city could be like 80 years from now. It’s time to find out and we can’t wait to show you.”
Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017, added: “We opened the year with our Made in Hull season, celebrating the historic stories of this city, and we will close the year by discovering the new in our Tell the World season.
“As the question on everybody’s lips is what’s next for Hull and Aarhus, 2097 invites you to step into a future hybrid version of the cities in an ambitious co-production between the two powerhouses of UK City of Culture and European Capital of Culture.”
2097: We Made Ourselves Over is the biggest and most ambitious project Blast Theory has undertaken in its history of more than 25 years. Find out more about the project at wemadeourselvesover.com or follow the hashtag #its2097