There should be plenty of reasons to look up in Hull in December as interactive robots shine a new light on the Old Town and projections are played on the side of one of the city’s best known landmarks.
From December 1, in a new commission for City of Culture 2017, Shoreditch-based Jason Bruges Studio is bringing 25 former industrial robots, which will be raised on plinths above people’s heads, interacting with each other and “throwing light onto buildings and unnoticed corners.”
Meanwhile in the Marina area, Marshmallow Laser Feast will be staging A Colossal Wave - in which a real ball is thrown from a great height “creating a huge virtual wave.”
Over the second weekend of December, projections by artists Heinrich and Palmer, will be played onto the side of the Deep aquarium.
December also sees a major music event, Substance: Future of the North, featuring pioneering women muscians, including Jane Weaver, Nadine Shah, and Lone Taxidermist, a new play by Bill Drummond and a film festival, curated by Aesthetica Short Film Festival. On December 7 Substance Future Forum will bring together artists, industry figures and policemakers together to look at how arts and culture are redefining the image of the North. Chief executive of Hull 2017 Martin Green said the programme offered “great music, performance, art, film and the opportunity to reflect, not just on the year, but on Hull’s central role in a resurgent North that puts culture and creativity at the heart of its future.”