Founded by artists Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett in 1997, Furtherfield is the UK’s leading organisation, for art shows, debates and labs exploring critical questions around art and technology. Based in London but with an international reach, this artist led collective, with Furtherfield at the centre, create places for different kinds of people to come together online and offline to be involved with contemporary arts and digital technologies.
The Magna Carta remains a symbol of liberty, addressing questions of censorship, ownership, security, equality before the law, the right to jury trial, habeas corpus, and regular elections. Its significance is as relevant as ever when we consider the upheavals of our times.
However, the original charter addressed the relationships and rights of a powerful few.
Alongside the live events, a pop-up exhibition expands on the themes of the Magna Carta in the digital age by presenting work that investigates societal contexts around surveillance, big data, local freedoms, democracy, Peer 2 Peer culture, D.I.Y and D.I.W.O (Do It With Others), digital and physical. The exhibition features critically engaged artists currently working internationally, making art that reaches beyond established artistic practices.
DEBATE to demystify the issues surrounding the politics of freedom and the Internet, and set the scene for the festival.
STREET EVENTS- get involved with ART, PLAY, ACTION on the streets of Lincoln to remix the Magna Carta for the digital age.
EXHIBITION – work by international artists who invite us to reconsider the impact of the digital age – of surveillance and big data control – on all our lives.
Furtherfield’s People’s Magna Carta is a Threshold Studios commission. Presented at Frequency Festival of Digital Culture, Lincoln 2015.