Will the Humber Bridge still be standing? Will the city be flooded? What if machines grew all of your food at the press of a button? If technology allowed us to speak with animals, what would your dog say?
These are just a few of the questions that Blast Theory, the internationally renowned artists known for creating groundbreaking interactive events, will pose to the people of Hull later this month.
The group is holding workshops on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November to explore what Hull might look like 80 years from now, laying the foundations for 2097: We Made Ourselves Over. This new project, co-commissioned by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Aarhus European Capital of Culture, will create a science fiction-inspired vision of Hull in the year 2097.
Hull’s residents are invited to take part in these workshops, where they will be challenged to invent a new skyline for the city and re-imagine everyday life in Hull.
The Blast Theory team is looking to recruit a group of over-60s as well as a group of 18-24 year olds, from right across Hull, to take part in these workshops. The young people who attend will also be in with a chance to take part in a free exchange trip to Aarhus in Denmark, getting the opportunity to tour the city and compare their experiences and hopes for the future with young people from Aarhus.
The workshops in Hull will be held at C4DI on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November, from 10am to 4pm. Please register your interest in joining the workshops using this online form, or by contacting Blast Theory on 01273 413455. Please note there are a limited number of places available.
Nick Tandavanitj, Blast Theory artist, says: “From artificial intelligence to future food – we’re speaking to experts about what the challenges of the coming century might be.
“But this project is really about how we as individuals and we as a city can set our own course for the future – what it is that we want our lives to be like.
So we’re inviting people from around the city to come to a workshop to talk to us, write down and draw their ideas about what Hull could be like. – Nick Tandavanitj, Blast Theory artist
Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017, added: “The Blast Theory workshops are another way that Hull residents can get involved in 2017 and shape the outcome of projects throughout the year.
“Bringing together different generations to talk about the areas they live in will no doubt inspire some fantastic ideas and concepts. We look forward to seeing what comes out of the sessions this month.”
Blast Theory will use the ideas that come out of these public workshops as the starting points for transforming familiar neighbourhoods around the city into extraordinary science fiction landscapes for a series of exciting events in 2017.
Sign up to receive updates about other ways to get involved in 2097: We Made Ourselves Over, at www.wemadeourselvesover.com