It is the future. Everyone is a broadcaster. The high-rise residents of Charlestown in Manchester have their own media to share views on housing, local history (our present), technology, health, animals, food and, of course, the weather. CHANNEL / 2049 is run by the residents in collaboration with artists Alan Dunn, Claire Nolan, Maria Stukoff and Sh!t Theatre.

Commissioned by SICK!.


CHANNEL / 2049 reimagines the first UK Superchannel, a project by Danish artists’ group Superflex, commissioned in 1999 by the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT) and Liverpool Housing Action Trust (LHAT) as an innovative online community TV channel that gave voice and skills to elderly high-rise tenants at a time of major redevelopment. Pioneered prior to broadband and the rise of social media and developed by Maria Brewster (FACT) and Paul Kelly (LHAT), the Superchannel in Liverpool’s oldest tower block evolved into the city-wide tenantspin channel, led by Alan Dunn, that further explored high-rise living and imagination, including the SuperBlock radio play set in the year 2040 developed by tenants and artist Jeff Young for BBC Radio.