Stratford-upon-Avon, Town Centre, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Two giant pairs of interactive binoculars will curiously appear on the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon over the weekend of 6-8 September as award-winning female-led creative company Anagram takes a look 100 years into the future, as imagined by local people.
For centuries, Stratford-upon-Avon has celebrated its illustrious status as the hometown of William Shakespeare. But what’s it like to be a local resident, sharing a town with millions of visitors from all over the world? What might the future look like?
Residents of all ages and backgrounds have been contributing their hopes, dreams and imaginings for the future in a series of creative workshops over the summer. And their collective vision will come to life in stunning augmented reality inside the large-scale binoculars for people to interact with.
I See the Future has been commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The project is supported by Watershed’s Creative Producers International programme and Arts Council England, and marks the 250th anniversary of David Garrick’s Shakespeare Jubilee of 1769.
Shakespeare and Garrick were visionaries, and they were instrumental in shaping Stratford, and Garrick's Shakespeare Jubilee is considered to be the event that established the Shakespeare tourism industry as we know it today.