Monday 21–Sunday 27 April (from dusk)
Anybody who has visited The Quays knows it is an iconic location of both historical significance and technological innovation. This stunning festival, Future City, reflects that perfectly, with artworks that combine humour, current affairs and awareness of place or refer back to Manchester’s history.
Audiences are invited to come and enjoy each of these artworks for free over four weekends. A series of artists’ talks will run alongside the festival hosted by Future City’s partners and co-curators, University of Salford.
Projected onto a large screen just outside The Lowry, the film 0°00 Navigation by Simon Faithfull shows one man’s obsessive and deranged journey exactly along the Greenwich Meridian from Peace Heaven in Hampshire to Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.
Always seen from behind, this solitary person emerges from the English Channel, GPS device in hand, and proceeds to walk directly north along the 0º00’00” line of longitude, one foot in the past the other in the future, one foot east and one foot west. Any obstacle encountered is negotiated; fences climbed, properties crossed, buildings entered via nearest windows, streams waded and hedges crawled through.