+Commissioned by Rhizome+
Conference Report: Futuresonic 2007 Festival
Social Technologies Summit, May 10-12, Manchester, UK http://www.futuresonic.com
by Jonah Brucker-Cohen
2007 marked the 12th year of Futuresonic, a festival that began as a sound art/ music festival and has morphed into a media art/ mobile communications-themed event with concerts, exhibitions, talks, and screenings staged all over the city of Manchester, England. This year's festival focused on topics ranging from "Free Media" to "Urban Playgrounds" to "Network Infrastructures" and featured a wide array of speakers, artists, musicians, and thinkers from around the globe converging on this urban landscape.