Led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj, Blast Theory has been making interactive artworks for 25 years, exploring the social and political aspects of technology and developing new forms of performance and interactive art. The group has presented work at the Venice Biennale and Sundance Film Festival and has won numerous awards such as the Golden Nica for Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica (2003) and most recently the 2016 Nam June Paik Art Center Award.
A summary of Blast Theory’s past projects, with notes about the company’s creative process, can be found here.
Blast Theory’s latest and most ambitious work to date, 2097: We Made Ourselves Over, explores a world at the turn of the next century, and centres on the belief that everyone has the power to act and influence the future. Inspired by people across Hull in the UK and Aarhus in Denmark, the year-long project draws on interviews and workshops with locals and experts, raising questions about the changing role of technology and our capacity for self-determination and resilience in the future.
Combining science fiction films, audio installation, an app and face to face encounters, 2097: We Made Ourselves Over reveals a world 80 years in the future – where the young rule and fragments of the old forge the new; molecular harvesters destroy whole areas and rebuild them; knowledge is transferred from the dead to the living; communities move and shift; and citizens rebuild their lives from the remnants.
The project culminates in a month-long series of immersive sci-fi experiences across both Hull and Aarhus, inviting people to explore their vision of the future to uncover the unnerving and exhilarating idea that anything is possible. Sign up to receive alerts and notifications here and follow @blasttheory on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Blast Theory is based in Brighton, UK.
Categories: Featured Artist
Date Posted: 22 August 2017