In 2014 Watershed welcomed the third group of young creatives aged 18-24, eager to learn about programming arts events. This year the Future Producers could choose to work on one of three briefs that were all part of the BFI's nationwide Autumn season, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder.
One group transformed our building into The Mothershed, Bristol's very first Fun Palace for a weekend of activities that aimed to make "everyone an artist, everyone a scientist" in a free, welcoming and fun space. From robot portraiture, a musical dance floor, and a blind date with Sci-Fi screening, UV ping-pong and more, they helped to make the ideas and suggestions that they received from the public into reality.
Another team of Future Producers selected films for our Late Night screening slots, exploring the unforeseen consequences of science fiction technology with four films that focus on what it is to be human (The Fly, Under The Skin, Moon, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). You could immerse yourself in the film's atmosphere and themes at each screening, with the Future Producers providing installations, props, projections and other activities.
Aiming to create similar out of this world experiences for families during half-term as part of th nation-wide Family Arts Festival, the Future Producers screened Spielberg's all time classic sci-fi adventure E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and organised a range of arts and technology activities inspired by the film. Working with artists and residents from the Pervasive Media Studio, families could explore electronics, stop-motion animation and digital storytelling, as well as other arts activities. They also worked with other Bristol cultural organisations on joint marketing and programming, and ran a free event for families outside of the city centre.
Watch this short video and see what 2014's Future Producers got up to at their Sci-Fi events.
Posted on Tue 18 April 2017.