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2011 June

Virtual Futures 2011 18 June 2011 - 19 June 2011

Summary As digital timers embedded within machines twitched towards the stroke of midnight 1999 the world held its breath wondering what chaos would ensue in the very first second of the new millennium. Only those technologies that were created at the time of millennial angst were bestowed with mechanisms that could deal with the transition from one epoch to another. The so-called millennium ‘bug’ threatened those of us that relied on older technologies and who expected the world to literally stop counting. Of course, the future is always virtual and many things that seem imminent or inevitable, such as Y2K,…

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1996 May

Virtual Futures 1996 03 May 1996 - 06 May 1996

Description Virtual Futures, now in its third year, has grown from a small conference in '94 into a unique, international event. Although Cyberculture and its theorists question the relevance of traditional disciplinary boundaries, VF is more than "interdisciplinary," and goes beyond mere commentary: at VF the morphing of cultural space is accelerated by the head-on collision of science, theory, music, fiction, and multimedia. Last year's highlights included a live demonstration of computer controlled body parts, music and video-enhanced presentations from internationally renowned theorists, a series of films in Warwick University's arts centre cinema, talks from leading authorities on new scientific…

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1995 May

Virtual Futures 1995 25 May 1995 - 28 May 1995

Description We have gathered you here this weekend to bury the 20th century & begin work on the 21st. We are children of the 21st century & live already in the future unknown, uncovering every day vast new landscapes for exploration. We will not know the results of the tumultuous global changes we are undergoing and creating for a hundred years or more, if we can survive them, but we are less interested in knowledge than in experiencing these changes. "So far philosophers & artists have only interpreted situations; the point now is to transform them, to create situations worthy…

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