Future Perfect: Future Imperfect Mini Online Festival 2 – 9 July 2021 – Free Entry

Team members from the AHRC research project, D4D, are delighted to invite you to a series of three online events as a culmination of 5 years of research activity:

Digital montage showing DNA, computer code and a partly obscured dface. the text reads Future Perfect Future Imperfect. Hybrids, scroungers or just phased out?

Friday 2nd July 2-4pm ‘Future Perfect; Future Imperfect’ Hybrids, Scroungers – or Just Phased Out? 

This event is an opportunity to experience through performance, presentations and a panel discussion with workstream leaders, the outcomes of research undertaken as part of D4D – Disability and Community, Dis/Engagement, Disparity, and Dissent. Funded by the AHRC Connected Communities Programme.

The online programme will run ​between 2-4pm and will include: filmed performance provocations from the New Vic Theatre, Stoke; filmed interviews and animations, poetry, and an opportunity to ask questions of the research team and respond to key questions.

Delegates are invited to respond throughout the event by contributing their own questions, ideas, and observations about the work D4D has undertaken and help identify new directions to take this important research.

Book your Eventbrite ticket to ‘Future Perfect; Future Imperfect’ Hybrids, Scroungers – or Just Phased Out? 


Thursday 8th July 3.30-4.30pm Electric Bodies Book LaunchCover image of Electric Bodies Travel in Life History

Join Disability Arts Online to celebrate the official launch of Electric Bodies: Travels in Life History – a landmark text to honour and share the heritage of the Disability Arts Movement

Through extensive life history interviews transcribed into poetry cycles, Electric Bodies reveals unique insights and epiphanies about disability, identity, art and the society in which we live.

This celebration will feature a live reading from Electric Bodies by Allan Sutherland; a panel discussion on what we learned about recording our history with Colin Hambrook, Vici Wreford Sinnott and Allan Sutherland; and speeches and networking to showcase and celebrate the book and the artists involved.

Limited spaces available. Book your Eventbrite ticket to the Electric Bodies Online Book Launch.


Friday 9th July, time TBC. Brave New World; Our Virtual Museum

Computer generated image of specimens jars in low lighting in a library setting

This live workshop style online event will give a platform for 5 artist, writers, actors and performers to share and discuss an item which they have created in the response to the theme of eugenics.  These items will then be collected in our Virtual Museum.  Each speaker will talk for 10 minutes about their artwork, film or piece of writing and why this has been selected for the Museum.  There will then be an opportunity for those attending this event to ask questions about the work or the wider themes of eugenics in both it’s past and future form. Confirmed guest contributors include:

Tanvir Bush, novelist, photographer and researcher

Esther Fox, visual artist, museum facilitator and researcher

Liz Crow, artist-activist working in film, audio, text and performance

Nabil Shaban, Jordanian-British actor, writer and theatre director

Emmeline Burdett, writer and academic

Book your Eventbrite ticket to Brave New World; Our Virtual Museum 



We want to ensure that the Future Perfect; Future Imperfect events are as inclusive and accessible as possible.

Please let us know in advance if you have accessibility needs so that we can do our best to ensure your experience on the day is exciting and meaningful. We will be providing BSL interpretation and live captioning and there will be regular breaks.


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