On the 22nd June, FutureEverything launched every thing every time in a (not so) secret garden in Hulme, commissioned by FutureEverything and CityVerve. All day final touches been putting the final touches to the boards, situated in four locations around Manchester; Manchester Central Library, University Place, Citylabs 1.0 and Hulme Community Gardens, the location for the opening party. For the opening party, CityVerve partners and the public were present to take a few moments with Naho’s quiet, contemplative, but ultimately impractical, data-driven poetry.
FutureEverything’s chair Vikas Shah started the evening, before introducing Creative Director and Founder Drew Hemment to give context to the commission, highlighting the new conversations around the role of data in a city that Matsuda’s work will provoke. Nick Chrissos, Head of Innovation Technology, Cisco UK and Ireland and a partner on the CityVerve project, spoke on the project’s wider aims to make data sharing an important element in their aspirations for the smart city, and Richard Elliot, Head of Policy, Partnership and Planning, at Manchester City Council, told the audience his hopes for Manchester to be a shining example for other cities to follow.