Sat 22 Jun 2013–Sun 23 Jun 2013


Future Now Weekend

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Yoko Ono’s ‘instructions’ pieces make a profound statement about the possibility of shaping our own futures by instructing us to behave in new ways.

Over this weekend at Meltdown, Yoko launches her brand new book of instructions, Acorn, in conversation with Hans-Ulrich Obrist.

To celebrate, we are running instruction happenings throughout Saturday and Sunday in The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, and presenting a number of special events inspired by the urgent need to influence the future. Experts from fields as diverse as poetry and gaming explore visions of the world to come. We also investigate the use of maths in helping us understand the present and predict our futures.


Instructions with Stacy Makishi
The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June
1pm, 2.30pm & 4pm
Taking direct inspiration from the instructions in Yoko Ono’s books, Grapefruit and Acorn, be part of an instant public artwork by joining performance artist Stacy Makishi to enact and reinterpret some of them live.
Instructions will be issued three times daily across the final weekend of Meltdown 2013.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is also available to non-ticket holders


Yoko Ono and Hans Ulrich Obrist launch Yoko Ono’s Acorn
12 – 1pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Yoko Ono talks with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist about her life, work, activism and the inspirations behind the new book, in this exclusive speaking appearance at Meltdown.

Future Exiles: Poetry, Activism and the Future
1.30 – 2.30pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Yoko Ono has long used text and song to send strong messages about social and political causes, including speaking out about what the future might look like if activists don't intervene. Reflecting this interest, Yoko has supported the explosion of poets who are making their voices heard across organised protests and impromptu performance. This reading brings together contemporary poets and performers who have been vocal in expressing their rage across a range of political issues. Hosted by Chris McCabe, readers include Iain Sinclair, Mark Burnhope, Sarah Crewe, Sophie Mayer, Niall McDevitt and Sascha Aurora Akhtar.

Future Bites
3 – 4pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
What’s the future going to be like? Four people tell us what they think, including Alex Fleetwood, founding Director of Hide and Seek, on the future of games and gaming, and Dr John Troyer, Deputy Director of the Centre for Death and Society, on the future of death.

Eric Weinstein
4.30 – 5.30pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
If you keep asking why, you either stop asking why, or you end up in theoretical physics. In this talk, Eric Weinstein shows us what happens when you keep asking, taking us through a portal into a world of unimaginable beauty, translating the equations that lie beneath everything into words. This is a demonstration not only of the beauty of mathematics, but also how the right tool for a problem can sometimes be found in an entirely different area. By understanding how the smallest things work, we can unlock our brains and imagine different futures allowing us to cross borders we don't even think about crossing, and restructure traditional systems and societies into ones where we want to live.

Eric Weinstein is a mathematician and economist.


Sky Piece for Jesus Christ
12 – 1pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Yoko Ono's extraordinary performance piece features members of an orchestra who are wrapped in gauze as they perform.
PLEASE NOTE - purchase of the Sunday ticket to The Future Now Weekend automatically reserves you a place for this performance. This offer is only guaranteed for tickets booked by midnight on Wednesday 19th June 2013.

Energy in the Future
1.30 – 2.30pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Where we'll get our energy from in the future is one of the greatest challenges facing the world as we move through the 21st Century. There are finite resources and a growing population.
This panel discusses saving energy, alternative energy, and the pros and cons of controversial sources such as shale gas through fracking.

Aleks Krotoski on what the web is doing to us
3 – 4pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Aleks Krotoski is an academic and journalist who writes about and studies technology and interactivity. Here she discusses how the web is changing our lives – and the tools and social norms we may have to develop to deal with the web in the future.
Followed by a Q & A with Ben Hammersley, Innovator in Residence at Goldsmiths College, and Contributing Editor at WIRED

Marcus du Sautoy - Mathematics: the Ultimate Fortune Teller
4.30 – 5.30pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
The idea of using mathematics to effectively predict the future is a source of fascination for Yoko Ono. For this special event, Yoko has invited Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, to explain how it works, and why numbers, codes and pattern searching are one of the best tools for looking into the future.

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