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<nettime-ann> Social Networking Unplugged - Exhibition Programme Announced



Social Networking Unplugged
Exhibition Programme


Futuresonic 2008
Urban Festival of Art, Music and Ideas
1 - 5 May Bank Holiday
Manchester, UK



Futuresonic Art


Social Networking Unplugged

Manchester city-centre
1 - 5 May, exhibition continues till 17 May

Freeing urban space, making it come alive

Futuresonic 2008 presents the first comprehensive and creative look  
at social networking by an art festival, featuring a major conference  
plus artistic interventions across Manchester connecting this theme  
to Futuresonic's long-standing interest in social and participatory  
artworks which re-imagine the city.

Manchester city centre will be overrun with 'unplugged' social  
networking - featuring newly commissioned artworks and many world  
firsts from an array of international artists across the city.

Digital culture burns bright with a vision of being not in isolation  
but in groups, placing the relations between people first. Websites  
such as FaceBook and MySpace have introduced millions of new people  
to online social networking, but these sites also centralise web  
traffic and produce conformity. 40 years after people took to the  
streets of Paris in 1968 calling for society to be abolished, join us  
as we go in search of the social today.

All artworks and exhibitions are free.

Artworks in Social Networking Unplugged include:

In the gallery

My_Contacts (commission / world premiere)
Thomson & Craighead

Signals (commission / world premiere)
Thomson & Craighead

Flat Earth
Thomson & Craighead

FSF 'the free social foundations project' (commission / world premiere)
Simon Yuill

Terms of Endearment (commission / world premiere)
David Merrit and Julian Priest

Friends (commission / world premiere)
Aram Bartholl

All around you

Rubbing Shoulders (commission / world premiere)
Grennan & Sperandio

Chat (uk first)
Aram Bartholl

WoW (uk first)
Aram Bartholl

Time stops in Manchester (commission)
Improv Everywhere

In Search Of the Social in Manchester (commission / world premiere)
Single Cell

City locations

MySpace-OurSpace-YourSpace (commission / world premiere)
plan b

Small Gifts: Give what you can, take what you need (commission /  
world premiere)
Rajni Shah

Wang Ba Manchester (commission / world premiere)
picidae (Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud)

They Live (In Second Life) (commission)
Paul Sermon

Pub Safari (commission / world premiere)
You And Me featuring Cybersonica

Last.fm Lounge (commission)
Last.fm & Futuresonic

CD-Recycled 45rpm (commission / world premiere)
Aleksander Kolkowski

The Last Gallery
Gavin McClafferty

Manchester Ponto de Cultura

The Piccadilly Social (commission / world premiere)
FutureEverything & Martin Stockley Associates

Plus more artworks announced soon.


The exhibition will tour to Leeds and London in 2008 and 2009 as part  
of the Social Networking Unplugged World Tour, presented as a part of  
a new creative collaboration between Futuresonic and Nuffield Theatre.

For info on the Futuresonic Conference: The Social Technologies  
Summit and the rest of the Futuresonic 2008 festival visit


For more info and to buy advance tickets now visit

Ticket Hotline: +44 (0)844 847 2431


Futuresonic is supported by:
FutureEverything, Arts Council England, Manchester City Council,  
Lancaster University, ImaginationLancaster, Institute of Advanced  
Studies, Piccadilly Partnership, Contact, Martin Stockley Associates,  
Nuffield Theatre, Lone Wolf, Toasted, Saville, Last.fm, City College  
Manchester, Art Attack, Cube.

The Social Networking Unplugged World Tour is generously supported by  
the Arts Council England National Activities programme.

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