The Future Starts Here

At the millennium, all those numbers on the clock ticked over together and we entered an age that was once the realm of science fiction.

Today, prime ministers and presidents seem to be at the mercy of events. Tax seems optional for some and it is uncertain who is in control and how we work together for good.

2097: We Made Ourselves Over springs from a desire to explore our capacity for self-determination and resilience in this context; to ask questions about the respective roles of technology, utopia and our own imaginations in setting a course for the future. Over the coming year, we hope to raise some difficult questions about the challenges we face and, with your help, uncover some exciting and unexpected answers.

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Watch Interviews

Find out future predictions and have your say.

Over November and December, we interviewed with people from Aarhus and Hull – from school children to experts on sea-level rise, smart cities and community activism.

At the beginning of each month, we’ll release new interviews on our YouTube channel, concentrating on a different theme each time. Do you agree with what they have to say about the future of your city?

This month we’re exploring smart cities and the use of data and new technologies in city infrastructure.

Watch our interview with Dr. Mirko Presser from the Alexandra Institute in Aarhus below.


What if we turn the world into data?

What if we turn the world into data?

Our taxi-driver, Mr Chang, pointed out the car window: “That city will be finished in about five years time” Amid vast stretches of reclaimed land rows of cranes punctuate a sea of giant new apartment buildings. This is Songdo – a new ‘smart’ city being built from the ground up in South Korea. Now that more than half…

How do communities change the future?

How do communities change the future?

At the back of a courtyard, along a narrow street busy with cyclists in Aarhus is a room with high ceilings and a long wooden dinner table. When I first arrived the room was busy with people. A group of about twenty getting ready to sit down for lunch together. This is Sager Der Samler,…

Get Involved

We’re shooting a sci-fi film in Aarhus and Hull and need your help.

Is there a corner of the city that looks like it’s from the future? We’re inviting you to nominate locations to include in sci-fi films about your city in 2097.

Holy Trinity Church; Dokk1; your local school, library or favourite park – What are the places that mean most to you and that you’d like to see still standing in 2097? What city spaces and buildings do you think should be transformed and how?

Take photos and tell us your ideas.

To nominate locations for the sci-fi films, post your photos to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #its2097 or email us directly at

Not from Aarhus or Hull? There are still plenty of ways for you get involved with the project. Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know how.

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2097 is an ambitious international collaboration bringing together

Aarhus European Capital of Culture 2017 and Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Aarhus 2017Hull 2017

Arts Council England