Next steps

The top of The Prediction Machine and Promises and Wishes Machine at Nottingham Contemporary

The exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary is now over after an exciting couple of weeks, showing alongside of the wonderful and enlightening Rights of Nature exhibition and in my home town of Nottingham.

Approximately 400 people interacted directly with The Prediction Machine during the exhibition, cranking the machine and getting their predictions printed out. We also received just under 100 promises and wishes from the new ‘Promises and Wishes Machine’ which ranged from funny, sad, hopeful and apocalyptic.

The next steps for the project is to start an analysis of the interviews, observations and interactions with the machines as part of the Performing Data research. Negotiations are also taking place for future exhibitions, building a new phase of the project that focuses on longer term engagement with communities, hopefully in rural and coastal regions of the UK.

If you missed The Prediction Machine at Nottingham Contemporary it will be showing for one day only at the University of Nottingham’s Mayfest:

Predictions and Promises in Nottingham

The Prediction Machine and the Promises and Wishes Machine installed in the window with a stand with instructions and
The Prediction Machine is now live at Nottingham Contemporary, there seems to be getting lots of people using it and good feedback. When myself or Noel (who is assisting the technical set up) have been in the gallery people have been waiting to use it and watching other people.

The new Promises and Wishes Machine is also now installed and we have been getting some great promises, wishes and predictions being sent, which I am turning into predictions that are being added to the machine throughout the exhibition. These include promises to ride bikes more, give up eating Macdonalds, wishes that the sun had a face, that people can still sit outside and for decent knitwear. The most moving response for me so far has been ‘I think i won’t be there’…

Thank you to all the visitors who have contributed their promises, wishes and predictions so far.

The top of the Promises and Wishes Machine  with a screen and a sign saying 'Promises'