Interdependence is a unique two-day event of discussion, debate and inspiring thinking, a chance to join some of the world’s leading artists, performers, scientists, writers and technologists in Manchester.
Interdependence takes place at a pivotal moment for Manchester. A record amount of investment is flowing into the city to support innovation across artistic and scientific endeavours. But how do you define innovation? Can you teach creativity? What do great artists and scientists need to not just survive but flourish?
Using the Festival as an experimental testing ground, we have invited some of the groundbreaking artists who make MIF, plus some very special invited guests from around the world, to explore the networks that enable them to do what they do, what challenges they see ahead, and to put forward a plan for what they would do if they were in charge.
Building on previous MIF commissions Manchester Futures, the Manchester Report and Are We Powerless?, the event will be part art school, part science experiment and part laboratory for ideas.
Sat 4 July
Maria Balshaw, Director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery
Tamara Chalabi, Chairman of the Ruya Foundation
Jeremy Deller, Artist
Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray, Flex Dancer and Choreographer
Olafur Eliasson, Artist
Jesse Kanda, Artist
Benjamin Millepied, Director of Paris Opera Ballet
Azu Nwagbogu, African Artist Foundation
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of the Serpentine Gallery and Artistic Advisor to MIF
Alex Poots, CEO & Artistic Director of MIF
Sacred Sounds choir
Sun 5 July
Ed Atkins, Artist
Jeremy Deller, Artist
Douglas Gordon, artist
Juergen Maier Chief Executive of Siemens plc, United Kingdom
Professor Sir Konstantin (Kostya) Novoselov FRS, Nobel prize-winning Graphene scientist
Veronica Gonzalez Peña, Author
Mark Simpson, Clarinettist and BBC Philharmonic Composer in Association
Peter Strickland, Film Director and screenwriter
Clare Sutcliffe, Co-founder and CEO of Code Club
The Sonic Catering Band
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Guardian Live.
Produced by Manchester International Festival.
With special thanks to Steve Morrison.