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Out Of Play: Technology & Football

Out of Play: Technology & Football is a new season of commissions, artists residencies and artefacts at the National Football Museum, Manchester UK.

Changes in technology play an important role in the development of the game of football and can also change how the game is experienced by fans internationally.

Out of Play: Technology & Football flags up some of the more unusual examples, from designers, artists, scientists and fans, where football and new technology overlap.

Highlights include the world premiere of Jer Thorp’s immersive installation “The Time of the Game” which captures shared moments across the world during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, “SOCCKET” an energy generating football and “Leg Shocker”, a provocative electronic shinpad which gives painful feedback to players of football computer games!

Alongside these exhibits, National Football Museum launches a series of unconventional projects placing artists in residence with football communities.

For “Unruly Pitch”, artist Jen Southern is working in collaboration with Chris Speed and University of Edinburgh to digitally map one of England’s last remaining mob-football games.

Another National Football Residency sees award-winning artist Matthew Plummer-Fernandez given unprecedented access to Forest Green Rovers F.C. where he will seek to understand and befriend their famous robot lawnmower.

Season Begins: Friday 8th May 2015
Celebration Event: Friday 19th June 2015