iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for FutureEverything Manchester

Listen now 29 mins

Listen in pop-out player

FutureEverything Manchester

29 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 15 April 2014

The FutureEverything Festival propels visitors into 2018, imagining the future to inspire innovation. Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson travel to Manchester to a pop-up future city where museums house objects not of the past but of the future. The recent revelations by Edward Snowden have highlighted the battle over privacy and data. Some artists at FutureEverything explore that dilemma in works that reveal the machine-like processing of soldiers' dispatches from the conflict in Afghanistan. Yet other artists take an ironic, but critical approach to privacy by offering an anti-surveillance makeover. Click explores other risks to the cities of the future that might have streets lined by lamposts that monitor your every move and disorientating, chirping electronic bugs that lurk in alleyways and hang like bats overhead.

(Photo caption: Gareth Mitchell and producer Colin Grant in front of an exhibition called Endless War at FutureEverything in Manchester © Bill Thompson)



  1. Image for Click


    How computers and digital technology affect our lives around the world. Presented by Gareth…

  2. Image for Science Hour

    Science Hour

    Science news and highlights of the week from BBC World Service. The Science Hour is a weekly…

  3. Image for Tech Tent: Business and Technology

    Tech Tent: Business and Technology

    Business and Technology news from the BBC's technology desk. Tech entrepreneurs and experts give…

  4. Image for Trending


    How social media is reshaping culture, politics and society, Trending explains the stories the world…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss