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Pupils imagine life in 2097 Hull as part of City of Culture project

Primary school pupils are imagining life in Hull 80 years from now as part of a major science fiction project for City of Culture 2017.

Internationally renowned artists Blast Theory are leading a workshop on today at C4DI with Year 5 pupils from five schools in the city: Cleeve, Christopher Pickering, Dorchester, Thoresby, Sutton Park and Alderman Cogan.

The results of the session will help create the foundation of 2097: We Made Ourselves Over, a new co-commission by Hull UK City of Culture and Aarhus European Capital of Culture.

Blast Theory have already kicked off 2097 by interviewing 'future experts' - specialists in the study of climate change, technology, community and economics - to explore the possible opportunities and challenges the future might hold for Hull. They are also hosting workshops with over 60s and young people aged 18-24 at C4DI tomorrow and Saturday.

Ideas from all sessions will then be used by Blast Theory as starting points for transforming familiar neighbourhoods around the city into extraordinary science fiction landscapes for a series of exciting events in 2017.

The concept of the 2097 project has definitely captured the pupils' imaginations - we've already had initial discussions about whether our homes will be filled with robots and how our streets could be transformed. The pupils are really enjoying having their say in some of the 2017 programming and we look forward to hearing how their ideas might be taken forward for the project next year.

– Sara Atkinson from Cleeve Primary School

From artificial intelligence to future food - we're speaking to experts about what the challenges of the coming century might be. But this project is really about how we as individuals and we as a city can set our own course for the future - what it is that we want our lives to be like. So we're inviting people from around the city to come to a workshop - to talk to us, write down and draw their ideas about what Hull could be like.

– Nick Tandavanitj, Blast Theory Artist