About Future and Form
What will writing look like in 50 years? What role will authors play in the future?
The anniversary year’s flagship project, Future and Form, generously supported by Arts Council England, explores the interface between contemporary literature and creative technology.
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Future and Form brings together UEA alumni Ayòbámi Adébáyò, Mona Arshi, Tash Aw, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Mitch Johnson and James McDermott with UEA faculty, creative technologists, cultural organisations and schools to explore the relationship between contemporary literature, creative technology and space. The project aims to increase engagement with literature among new and traditionally hard to reach audiences, while providing prototypes for possible literary futures.
The resulting work will be exhibited in a series of virtual and physical installations in May 2021. Cultural partners are National Centre for Writing, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, The Forum Trust, Norwich Millennium Library with Norfolk County Library and Information Service, Norwich Theatre Royal, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Norfolk Museum Service with Norwich Castle Museum, Ormiston Academies Trust, British Archive for Contemporary Writing and the Sainsbury Centre.
Technology partners are Mutiny and Guildhall Live Events, with support from GRIT, Immersive Studios and StoryFutures Academy.
This highly innovative and exciting landmark project has been in development since April 2020, leading to the exhibition in spring 2021.
About the Venue Partners
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
New approaches to the interpretation and presentation of art and cultural objects.
Norfolk Museum Services
Working with writers and technologists to unlock the history of the city.
Developing an experimental immersive play with virtual set design and audience interaction.
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Supporting and promoting interactive and immersive works across the city and the region.
The Forum Trust
Giving space to immersive works created by schoolchildren in collaboration with a writer.
Norfolk Library and Information Services
Offering readers new ways to access literature, get inside a writer’s mind and start writing.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust
Supporting the creation and distribution of new forms of poetry at Cley Marshes, NWT’s flagship nature reserve.
National Centre for Writing
Housing a multi-screen narrative work with integrated live performances and international reach via the web.
Ormiston Academies Trust
Helping groups of school children in building a new virtual storyworld.
The British Archive for Contemporary Writing
Facilitating widespread access to inspiring archive material and encouraging active participation in a writer’s creative process.
Norwich Science Festival
The Festival offers inspirational exhibitions and an abundance of hands-on science activities for all ages and all levels of knowledge.