Hunch

7 OCTOBER 2017 | 3-6pm | PARKER’S PIECE |

SAVE THE DATE for our final performance and installation.

“A spectacular and immersive work by Emma Smith that reflects on our past, present and future predictions”

“A rich performance embedded in the history of Parker’s Piece and its local communities”

The performance will include:
– A large scale installation centered around the Futurarum cave from which you are invited to collect a future prediction
– A dramatic performance with actors playing the roles of the Pythia, a gaggle of Wise Women and The Interpreters
– Music by world renowned musicians the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments and Barnaby Brown
– Ice-cream flavours reflecting the menus of the feasts that took place on Parker’s Piece in 1814 and 1838

The installation will also be open to the public 11:00 – 16:00 Sunday 8th and Monday 9th October.

There will not be live performances during these hours but you will be able to visit the Futurarum to collect a prediction.

No booking required.

8 SEPTEMBER 2017 | 11am | PARKER’S PIECE
Meeting point: Front of Hobbs Pavilion on Parker’s Piece

Discover the wonderful histories of this extraordinary plot of land and the buildings that surround it with international artist Emma Smith.  Learn of the secrets that lie beneath and the fantastical events that have occurred on top of this remarkably shifting terrain. This walking tour also offers the opportunity to view visual depictions of this site across history. Reserve your free ticket HERE.

Photograph courtesy of Cambridgeshire Collection, Cambridge Central Library.

ONGOING UNTIL 10 JULY 2017 | ANYTIME | ONLINE

We are collecting future predictions and would love to hear from you! If you have a future prediction of something that you suspect but that cannot yet be proven please summarise your prediction in no more than 999 words and send it to us at the following email address: info@hunch.exchange

All predictions will contribute to the development of our oracle performance to which you will be invited as a special contributor.

 

Photograph courtesy of Cambridgeshire Archives.

6 JUNE – 2 JULY MUSEUM OF CAMBRIDGE
Tue-Sat 10:30-17:00 / Sun 12:00-16:00

An exhibition on reality and imagination on Parker’s Piece.

Celebrate the history of Reality Checkpoint and the future imaginings that have surrounded it, including the invention of football rules and the predicted success of the automobile.

  • Learn about the history of the lamp
  • Contribute your story of its name
  • Share your memories of Parker’s Piece
  • Create your own future imaginings

This exhibition has been timed to coincide with the painting of the name Reality Checkpoint onto the post to preserve this part of its history for posterity.

In the early hours of 5th June 2017 the painting of the name on Reality Checkpoint was completed by artist Emma Smith in homage to the artists who first painted it there in 1973. This painting by Emma Smith is the first time in history the name has been painted on the post with official permission with the intention that the name of this precious post may be saved for posterity as a central part of its history.

 

Image courtesy of Cambridgeshire Archives.

3 JUNE 2017 | ALL DAY FROM 11am | MIDSUMMER COMMON

FREE

Hunch is pleased to announce we will be at Strawberry Fair 2017. Please join us!

Celebrate the mythological history of Cambridge from the prophesy of the future gazing giants that roamed here in the Anglo Saxon era to the predictions of today. Step inside our visionary pitch and magic up your own future vision.

Free art activities
Relax in a dream chair for future visioning
Contribute to a major public artwork

As part of the Hunch artwork we are collecting ‘hunches’; future predictions of things you suspect might happen but cannot yet prove. Join us at the fair to contribute your predictions for the inventions, discoveries and occurrences of the future. All collected predictions will contribute to an oracle performance on Parker’s Piece in Autumn 2017.

Photograph courtesy of Cambridge University Library.

19 MAY 2017 |  2-4.00pm | MUSEUM OF CAMBRIDGE

FREE

Join artist Emma Smith for this special event celebrating the wisdom of local women over history from wives tales to female pioneers with special guests Antony Carpen and Alice Wroe.

Chart the wisdom of women who have guided your life
Discover the folkloric foresight of local women
Contribute your wisdom and future predictions
Have free tea and cake

UNIVERSITY ARMS, CAMBRIDGE has a fascinating history of female leadership and creativity from being owned and run collectively by the Hewitt sisters in 1890 to being the chosen venue for important speeches on women’s rights by the National Council of Women in the 1960s, hosting an artists studios in its yard run by Miss Caroline Long and Miss Whitehead 1887 – 1898 and commissioning a major public artwork by artist Emma Smith in 2017.

As part of Emma Smith’s commission this event calls on women of Cambridge to come together to celebrate and share their wisdom. Cambridge has a history of extraordinary women from wives and witches to pioneers of the academic world. Discover women from the Museum of Cambridge’s collection and the history of the city at large, map the women who have been most important to you and contribute your wisdom to the project!

EVERYONE WELCOME!

This event is hosted in collaboration with the Museum of Cambridge.

Photograph courtesy of Cambridgeshire Archives.

17 MAY 2017 | 17:30 – 19:30pm | HOBBS’ PAVILION, PARKER’S PIECE

Join young artists group Circuit in this special arts workshop designed for looking into the future. Taking as a starting point the reveries we have when falling in and out of sleep this workshop invites participants to drift into the future and share their imaginings. Work created during the workshop will contribute to the final performance of Hunch to which all participants will be invited as special contributors. This workshop is for anyone age 15-25 and is run in collaboration with Circuit, North Cambridge Academy Arts Ambassadors and Coleridge’s art group Activate, part of Parkside Federation.

This event is free but booking is recommended. Please reserve your place by emailing info@hunch.exchange

 

Photograph courtesy of Cambridgeshire Archives.

14 APRIL 2017 | 11am | PARKER’S PIECE

Join World Jump Rope Champion Adrienn Banhegyi to re-enact a tradition of skipping on Parker’s Piece dating back to 1838. Every year for over a hundred years, residents of Cambridge gathered on Parker’s Piece to skip together in celebration of Spring. Taking place on Good Friday the practice is linked to ancient pagan rituals of leaping into the future in the hope of better times to come. We invite everyone of any age to join us to skip together to welcome in the Spring of 2017 and share our hoped for futures together.

This event is free. No booking required. Just turn up on the day!

1100:  Performance by Jump Rope World Champion Adrienn Banhegyi

1130:  Skipping workshop with Adrienn

1200:  Competitions

1230:  Group performance with Adrienn

1300:  Finish

If you require any further information please get in touch: info@hunch.exchange

 

Photograph courtesy of Cambridgeshire Collection, Cambridge Central Library.

25 FEBRUARY 2017 | 11am | PARKER’S PIECE
Meeting point: Front of Hobbs Pavilion on Parker’s Piece

Discover the wonderful histories of this extraordinary plot of land and the buildings that surround it with international artist Emma Smith.  Learn of the secrets that lie beneath and the fantastical events that have occurred on top of this remarkably shifting terrain. This walking tour also offers the opportunity to view visual depictions of this site across history. Reserve your free ticket HERE.

 

Photograph courtesy of Cambridgeshire Collection, Cambridge Central Library.