Techtopia, Polka Childrens Theatre 24th May – 3rd June

The Prediction Machine will be exhibited as part of Techtopia at Polka Childrens Theatre in Wimbledon, London from 24th May – 3rd June.

Adapted for a younger audience the machines are set up in the foyer (as part of the festivals free events) and a weather station is set up in the garden.

2 schools workshops will be taking place on Friday 25th May exploring how we capture weather and climate data, building a ‘Future Machine’ that helps us understand how the environment and climate is changing as the future unfolds.

Climate Change, Uncertainty and Predicting the Future Talk and Q&A

graph showing 150,000 years of temperature  and CO2 from ice core from the Antartica with a finger pointing at when the steam engine was inventing and the increase to 400ppm CO2

Friday 9th February, Cambridge Central Library, 7 Lions Yard 11am – 12pm

As part of the exhibition at Cambridge Central Library there will be a talk and discussion event looking at the themes of climate change, uncertainty and predicting the future.

Come along to meet the artist Rachel Jacobs and Dr John King, Senior Scientist at the British Antarctic Survey and join a discussion about the future, uncertainty, climate change and the polar regions. This event is hosted by Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Cambridge Central Library.

Event is free to attend but please book a seat here in advance:

Rachel Jacobs has been working with Senior Scientists John King and Robert Mulvaney, alongside Matthew Polaine and Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley from the innovation team at the British Antarctic Survey to explore how we can communicate and understand issues of uncertainty, climate change, the polar regions and their impact on our everyday lives as part of her most recent arts/research project – Performing the Future.

The Prediction Machine at Cambridge Central Library

February 3rd – 18th 2018

The Prediction Machine is going to Cambridge Central Library as part of the latest tour and will be installed on the first floor next to the reception area. Alongside the exhibition workshops are due to be taking place with a local community group and school (details to be confirmed. There will also be a free discussion and Q&A event with the artist Rachel Jacobs and Dr John King from the British Antarctic Survey (details to be announced soon).

The latest tour and workshops are put of a larger project ‘Performing the Future’ which is funded by the Arts Council of England and Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham.

Cambridge Central Library is wheelchair friendly, for more information about the venue and access please visit their website:

For more information about the accessibility of the artwork view our accessibility policy:

The New Observatory Exhibition at FACT, Liverpool

June 22nd – October 1st 2017
The Prediction Machine is returning to FACT, Liverpool as part of The New Observatory Exhibition. The machines will be exhibited with a few new additions including opportunities to sign up to receive updates about your predictions. Workshops will be taking place alongside the exhibition, returning to work with the Over 60s group based at FACT and working with a local school.

The Performing Data Project Makers Workshop

Thursday 16th and Friday 17th July 2015

Artists and Creative Technologists: We can help you quickly hack together and prototype new interactive artwork using live data streams.

At the Makers Workshop you’ll see examples from our collaborating digital artists, get your hands on our tools, and start experimenting for yourself, under our expert guidance, using real live scientific data. Then take away what you’ve learned; plugin to existing, or generate new data streams; and go build your own projects.

FACT Liverpool, Thursday 16th – Sunday 26th July

The Prediction Machine will be exhibited at FACT, Liverpool as part of the Build Your Own Programme alongside The Performing Data Project, alongside the other artists work who are collaborating on the Performing Data Project:

Presentations and a reception to open the exhibition will take place on Thursday 16th July.

The Performing Data Project will be running a makers workshop on Friday 17th July where artists and hackers can get their hands dirty playing with weather, climate and wave data. Visit FACT’s website for more information.

Nottingham Contemporary 3rd – 15th March

Exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary,
Tuesday 3rd – Sunday 15th March

The Prediction Machine will be exhibited alongside the ‘Rights of Nature’ exhibition. As part of this exhibition visitors will also be able to add their own promises, wishes and predictions to the machine.

Please note that from Tuesday 3rd – Sunday 8th March the machine will be installed on the stairs and unfortunately will not be accessible via the lift. From Monday 9th March – Sunday 15th March the machine will be installed on Level 1 outside the cafe and will be fully accessible.

Please contact the venue for further information.

The Prediction Machine… Winter Predictions for 2044

The Prediction Machine will be presented in Nottingham on Saturday December 6th between 1.30 and 5pm at the Primary Studios Christmas Fayre.

Come along to visit the machine and get your prediction for winter 2044… will it snow at christmas or will their be a heatwave? – find details of Primary Studios and the event here.

The Prediction Machine’s Climate-Change-Harvest-Festival

the screen with a face on it and the sign with blue skies and trees in the background
The Prediction Machine’s Climate-Change-Harvest-Festival
Sunday 26th October
, 2-4pm 
The Shed, Margaret Keay Road, University of Loughborough
Come along for some seasonal food, make a wish for the future and take part in a thank you to everyone that has contributed to or visited The Prediction Machine as part of Radar’s Nowcasting Programme. 
The event is an alternative Harvest-Diwali Festival in appreciation of the seasons changing over this (so far) very warm Autumn.
Anyone is welcome.

Exhibition of The Prediction Machine

The Prediction Machine

The Prediction Machine will be exhibited from Wednesday 1st – Saturday 25th October 2014 at the following venues:

Pilkington Library Cafe, University of Loughborough
Wednesday 1st October to Wednesday 15th October

Loughborough Library, Granby Street, Loughborough
Saturday 18th October to Saturday 25th October

The Prediction Machine’s Climate-Change-Harvest-Festival, University of Loughborough
Sunday 26th October
Come along for some seasonal food, a procession to the weather station led by the artist and an opportunity to write your own predictions, actions and wishes for the future as part of an alternative Harvest Festival.  Times and venue tbc.

More information coming soon… including artist talks and guides to the machine and accessibility information

Public Workshop – Monday 11th August

Charlton Heston looking on as Sol commits Euthanasia and sees how the Earth once was before the climate changed and it became over populated

The next workshop will continue to look at the weather data being collected from the weather station at the University of Loughborough and how we can turn this data into descriptions of the weather and predictions for what is happening in the near future and in a future where they might be a 2 degrees or even 4 degrees temperature rise.

We will look at what has been suggested in the IPCC report on climate change in terms of the impact of climate change and our lives, environment and the weather.  The workshop will involve writing and/or video and audio recording.

Suggested viewing and reading:
Descriptions of snow –
Poetry about weather and futuristic climates:
A man who captured his response to the weather reports –
Feature films and TV about climate change, extreme weather, futuristic dystopia and utopia:
The Hunger Games
Last Night
The Day After Tomorrow
Solyent Green
Silent Running
The 100


Workshop Event – Monday 14th July

"It's snowing still", said Eeyore gloomily, "And freezing." "However, " he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately" - A.A. Milne

July’s session will take place on Monday 14th July. The session will focus on making the predictions for the machine in response to the data you collected in the forest and the scientific data being collected from the weather station. The session will be an informal look at how we can bring together science, predictions, fortune telling, poetry and folklore to make predictions about our future. The session will look creatively and collaboratively at how we can make these predictions and is not reliant on writing.

Rachel is preparing some resources to share with the group including poetry, films and images based on other people’s visions of the future, and how changes in weather and the seasons have been reflected upon by writers throughout history. If you have any examples that you would like to bring along from your favourite futuristic utopian or apocalyptic film, poetry about seasons or environmental change or everyday sayings, then we would love to have your input and hope that you can join us for the session.

Please do book your place again via eventbrite and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the next session –

The workshop will be taking place in the same venue that the first session was held in back in May – LUA Project Space, Edward Barnsley Building, which is next to the college and also home to Cope Auditorium & the School of the Arts. Attached is a map and directions, or you can find us on the university online map –



Nowcasting Launch

visitors to the Nowcasting launch with Rachel and the model machine

On Sunday 23rd March Radar, Loughborough University Arts launched their programme of artworks – Nowcasting – that will link up to the Loughborough University weather station.

As part of this event I presented a cardboard model of The Prediction Machine, based on my designs, shown behind me in the picture above. I talked about the machine and began a dialogue about how we track, record and respond to the changes in climate.

I also presented my drawings and ideas and the fortune cookies as an informal discussion about the project with the people that came. People could sign up to participate in the workshops and pick up more information about the project.

hands holding a broken fortune cookie and the fortune 'the bananas will run out'

Fortune cookies were presented on three separate plates that signified a different future scenario based on climate change research. People were invited to choose a cookie from any of the plates by choosing which scenario was most likely.  The scenarios were taken from a document shared by Dr Candice Howarth (Climate Scientist):

Plate 1 – A future dominated by consumerism and globalisation (A ‘me’ society)
All bets are off… very high world temperatures, C02, holes in the ozone and air pollution, the Artic will melt, higher sea levels, more pests and disease, problems with growing crops and high demand for water, major loss of biodiversity, extreme storms, tornados and droughts. The UK will lose much of its landmass to floods and the sea.

Plate 2 – A future dominated by the common good, local, environmental concerns and local, national and regional autonomy ( A ‘collective’ society)
A small rise in temperatures and C02, continued unstable weather, rise in biodiversity, organic local farming, not much changes.

Plate 5 – A balance between consumerism and collectivity, where nations work together to support local and regional autonomy
Increasing world temperatures, pollution and C02 in the atmosphere that is managed by local and global solutions. An increased loss in biodiversity, the Artic will slowly melt, the sea levels will rise, more floods, more pests and disease, problems with growing crops and high demand for water, loss of biodiversity, unpredictable weather, extreme storms, tornados, heat waves and droughts.

children choosing fortune cookies from the plates

All photos on this page are copyright of Julian Hughes

Nowcasting Launch – Sunday 23rd March

Nowcasting Launch - Sunday 23rd March

The Prediction Machine has been commissioned as part of the Nowcasting programme at Radar, Loughborough University.  To launch this event I will be presenting the project on Sunday 23rd March at Loughborough University Weather Station (opposite Pilkington Library) on Loughborough University’s campus, 1- 4pm.

I am baking fortune cookies for the event, asking people to contribute fortunes to the prediction machine and presenting the plans for the machine as a performance about climate change, predictions and uncertainty.