Future Machine decorated with hops, Rachel Jacobs and collaborating musician Alex Dayo
Rachel Jacobs

Future Machine

It sits on a hand cart ready for the journey, travels the country and plugs into a greater whole of many parts. It stands as a witness to the places, people, stories and events of these turbulent times, as the Earth changes, and we take a journey into an uncertain future.

The Future Machine is a new artwork that combines public involvement, digital systems, engineers, programmers, scientists and workshops, it has been built and launched in London and Nottingham, with a focus on bringing people together across different regions and places in England. Four further artistic interventions will take place across communities in inner city Nottingham, post industrial Cumbria, rural Oxfordshire, and Somerset, through collaborations that navigate the coming changes.

Future Machine is due to continue it’s journey across in 2021


 Future Machine is a large collaborative project, created and led by Rachel Jacobs

Collaborating Artists and Musicians:
Frank Abbott (Nottingham)
Wallace Heim (Cumbria)
Juliet Robson (Oxfordshire)
Alexandre Yemaoua Dayo and David Kemp (London)
Caroline Locke (Nottingham and Somerset)

Creative Technical Team:
Robin Shackford (Creative Programmer and Interactions)
Ian Wood (Carpenter and co-designer of the physical Future Machine)
Dominic Price (Programmer and Researcher)
Matt Little (Engineer)
Matthew Gates (Programmer)

Key Partners:

Mixed Reality Lab and Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham – Steve Benford, Dominic Price, Jocelyn Spence, Glenn McGarry

Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham – Elvira Perez Vallejos

British Antarctic Survey – John King

Furtherfield Gallery and Commons, Finsbury Park, London – Ruth Catlow

Primary Studios, Nottingham – Rebecca Beinart

Image of Rachel Jacobs with Alex Dayo and participants in the Future Machine Procession in Finsbury Park, Autumn 2019.