The Future X Festival Number Six
This year Festival Number Six invited The Future to create beautiful mayhem.
We took a crew of performers and activists and created a roving performance based on the inspiration for the festival – the Sixties science fiction show The Prisoner – in which a man is imprisoned in the weird and very beautiful village of Portmerion (which is also the site of the Festival).
The fit between The Future, Portmerion and Festival Number Six was perfect. Portmerion was built by a creative visionary called Sir Clough Williams-Ellis whose motto was “cherish the past, adorn the present and construct for the future”.
The strap line of the festival is ‘Be Seeing You’ – a line repeatedly used by characters from The Prisoner while making a circle around their eyes with their thumb and forefinger. You can see us playing with this symbol in a lot of these photos below.
Throughout the festival The Future ran around the streets and beaches and follies and rocks of Portmerion pretending to be escaping prisoners; painting the Eye symbol on beautiful people and telling them that we wanted to help them escape from the wrong Future.
We were amazed by how many people understood and loved what we were doing. Thousands of people took the cards we were handing out explaining what The Future is trying to do – that we are a crazy creative network of people from cities across the world trying to fight back against the politicians who are failing to save our future from climate change.
And hundreds of people asked if they could have the Eye painted on them – so that by the end of the day hundreds of people were ready to party the night with The Future’s symbol drawn on their skin.
We are The Future. Be Seeing You.