Past Projects (2021-22)

Performing Futures: Uninvited Guests’ “Billennium” and “To Those Born Later”

At a time when we are emerging from a pandemic and into a state of human displacement and climate emergency, the partners of Performing Futures are bringing people together in local neighbourhoods and inspire them to imagine better futures, and also meet remotely, through interactive, online performance, to consider what should be passed down from our cities, times and cultures to future generations.
The artistic works in this partnership, Billennium and To Those Born Later, both reflect on the present through the future and use technologies to enable participation. Billennium is an Augmented Reality tour of the future of a place. To Those Born Later is an online show in which people from different countries discuss what should go into a time capsule to be opened in 150 years.
Billennium will tour 3 cities, with new versions adapted for BBK OFF Festival, Bilbao, International Theater Days in Belgrade, and PLACCC Festival, Budapest. To Those Born Later will be performed online 3 times, hosted once by each festival and promoted locally. This will test 2 new approaches to international touring: Billennium explores deeper engagement with communities, leading to a work that is re-made with and for specific neighbourhoods and shown outside in public spaces; To Those Born Later engages local audiences without travelling, facilitating meaningful exchanges across these European contexts.
With the presentation partners of this project, IKUSEEARTE in Spain, Students’ City Cultural Center in Serbia, and Hungary’s Artopolis Association/PLACCC Festival, producers Uninvited Guests, Duncan Speakman and Fuel Theatre aim to establish strong connections between people and places, both locally and internationally.



Producers: Uninvited Guests and Duncan Speakman, UK
Billennium is a theatrical guided tour, not of historic sites, but of a city’s futures, on which you walk through time to the locations of utopian and dystopian science fictions. Future architecture appears before your eyes, and you hear what different worlds might sound like. Accompanied by archaeologists of the future, you carry mobile devices that interpret and visualise traces of what’s to come. The tour concludes with an opportunity to design tomorrow’s city together and see the buildings you imagine layered onto the architecture of today using AR (augmented reality). Livestreamed, multichannel audio immerses you in sci-fi location sounds and speculative architecture is drawn in real-time over the existing buildings. Billennium is different every time it is performed, re-made uniquely for specific places. It continues Uninvited Guests’ exploration of how technologies can facilitate the co- creation of performance with participating audiences, who are invited to share in the work’s authorship, shape its outcome, and do some social dreaming together. Utopian and dystopian thinking are used as critical tools, enabling participants to reflect on local changes or plans for redevelopment and to imagine preferred futures. Made with creative technologists Michele Pannegrossi and Luca Biada (Fenyce) and animator Sam Steer. Originally commissioned by Watershed Media Centre and University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab, for their Layered Realities Platform, 2018.
To Those Born Later (International Collection)
Producers: Uninvited Guests and Fuel, UK
To Those Born Later (International Collection) is an interactive online event, which brings together groups from different countries to discuss what should go into a time capsule to be opened in 150 years. What do you want to save for our children’s children’s children’s children? What do you want to pass down to future inhabitants of the world? Join Uninvited Guests and Fuel in preserving something of you, your community and culture, for those who are yet to be born. Every show will be different, made with and for its audience. The content of the time capsule is chosen by those in each meeting and added to a growing online archive. Covid and the climate crisis have made us more conscious of how we live in one world and how our problems and our dreams for the future need to be looked at on an international basis. In response to this unique moment in history, To Those Born Later (International Collection) will bring geographically distant people together for live connection and debate, about our legacy and what matters. The aim is to enable exchanges between people in different cities and countries, around what personal objects should be passed down and what from our cultures we should take care of.
Photo credits

Jemma Stein

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