As part of Frequency Festival 2019, in partnership with Waterside Shopping Centre and Lincoln BIG, Frequency set about finding the ‘Artist of the Future’. After a very hard decision, we are both pleased and excited to announce our winners from each age category here!November 6, 2019 on Blog, Blog, News, News updates, Online Zone
On Wednesday 23 October, we introduced the inaugural THE MEET UP event to set the scene for Frequency Festival 2019. The event brought together the collective voices of the creative industries to explore ways in which we can move diversity forward in a technological age and help shape the future of digital.October 31, 2019 on Blog, News, News updates
We’re having ‘A Moment of Madness’ and offering a special discounted ticket price of £15 for a group of up to 4 people to join in this unique part performance part live gameplay experience on Friday and Saturday this week.October 24, 2019 on Blog, Blog, News, News updates
100 poems about 100 places. Our national story can be found in the buildings all around us, from Brixton Market to King Arthur’s Round Table.
From hidden gems to famous landmarks, Your England is an installation and series of readings by artist Dan Thompson which showcases the history of our country.
www.danthompson.co.ukJuly 26, 2019 on Blog, Blog, Online Zone
We are very excited to announce that our fifth edition of Frequency Festival will be hosted in Lincoln from 24–27 October 2019.November 20, 2018 on Blog
Frequency Festival of Digital Culture returns to Lincoln for its fourth edition from 20-29 October 2017. A biennial festival, it provides a platform to celebrate the pioneering spirit of digital innovation and culture through exhibition, creative collision and debate.
The 2017 festival integrates artists’ work from all over the world into Lincoln’s heritage landscape, galleries, streets and shopping district in the form of installations, projections, site-specific work, talks and live performances.June 14, 2017 on Blog, News
Founded 15yrs ago and based in London, seeper is a collective of people creating a variety of work utilising technology and the possibilities of user interaction. By creating interactive and accessible work, they aim to introduce older and younger generations to things they may not have seen before.October 23, 2015 on Blog, News updates
Digital is for Everyone!
23rd Oct – 1st Nov
In a few days Frequency is taking over the streets and venues of Lincoln to showcase family friendly, fun and mostly free theatre, art, dance and sculpture, all of which have been influenced by digital technology.
With this year’s theme of ‘Liberation’, Frequency 2015 will invite families to explore the ways in which digital technology has made power more accessible, giving us a whole new set of freedoms for society to debate and change our world. Inspired by the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta and Lincoln’s special connection to this historic, liberating document, this year’s festival integrates the digital future with the city’s historic past, showing how far we have come in those 800 years, and how far we have yet to go.
Frequency ’15 spans over ten days with most exhibits along the trail open for the duration of the festival and free to attend. We’ll have street games and digital fun in Lincoln High Street on both weekends from Furtherfield, so look out for ways to get involved with drawing, coding and a good shout whilst you’re out and about.
Our spectacular closing event this year takes place on Halloween weekend at Lincoln Castle with a breathtaking light show from international digital artists seeper. See lasers and projections tell the story of our digital liberation, from the signing of Magna Carta up to present day, all cast onto the side of Lucy Tower – and get involved with the installation games which use lights, buttons and lasers to explore the power of The One, The Few and The Many in the castle grounds. Lincoln Castle After Dark is one of our few ticketed events, so make sure to book your spot through the box office at Lincoln Drill Hall.
Other highlights in the ten day programme include:
Digi Diddy Disco– A happening disco for under 7s with exciting digital effects, great music and face paints at Lincoln Drill Hall
Compagnia TPO bring their magical under the sea show for children to Lincoln Drill Hall. Explore the Mediterranean coast and the depths of its oceans as the two performers invite their young audience to join the story and play with the digital surroundings.
Earfilms present their unique brand of audio blockbuster at Lincoln Drill Hall. Put on a blindfold, hear the film and let your imagination run wild.
Explore an immersive field of LED lights with Squidsoup’s Enlightenment installation at Waterside Shopping Centre.
See tiny lives emerge in the walls of one of Lincoln’s most historic sites with Illuminos – Through The Fourth Wall at Postern Gate, and watch what happens when the sun goes down.
With over 30 artists involved over 10 days, spanning the city of Lincoln, there will be plenty to see, and plenty to get involved with for the whole family.
For more information about the festival and its programme – along with age recommendations – take a look at our website www.frequency.org.uk, or pick up a pocket guide from Visitor Information for your own personal guide to Frequency ’15.
We can’t wait to see you there!
The Frequency Team
Who Is Shun Ito?
Japanese dancer and artist Shun Ito developed his keen interest in physical expression whilst studying at Tama Art University in Tokyo. He joined dance company KARAS in 1987 and studied his particular style under famed choreographer and dancer Saburo Teshigawara, acting as a technical assistant as well as performing.
Shun Ito left KARAS in 2001 and started to turn his experiences as a dancer into sculptural art. The consciousness of gravity he gained through his dance became a major influence in his creations, recognising the various effects the force can have on movement and how movement can then seem to defy gravity.
Light is a crucial element in his work, with combinations of light, shadow and accelerations of movement creating complicated rhythms which then produce a myriad of colours and shapes.
What is Shun Ito Bringing To Frequency?
Shun Ito started creating his Cosmic Birds pieces in 2012, and he brings his collection so far to Frequency ’15.
Shun Ito is attracted to simple falling or spinning movements caused by gravity and the complicated phenomena borne of these motions which can be observed everywhere in nature. The artists sees this as the essence of every phenomenon, including human emotion. Cosmic Birds are created from a series of experiments in movement and gravity. Assembled from frames, gears and drive systems, the pieces are thrown out into the air and left for gravity to have its effect.
Varioys rotational accelerations create complicated rhythms from the light which then resonate with the rhythms of human physiology and perception, allowing the artist and the viewer to observe otherwise invisible rules of nature and the universe. The sculptures shine in beautiful movement and aim to inspire a sense of peace and tranquility.
Cosmic Birds can be seen at Chad Varah House throughout the festival.
WHO ARE SQUIDSOUP?
Squidsoup is an internationally based group of artists, researchers and designers (UK/NO/AUS/NZ), their main members are Anthony Rowe, Gaz Bushell, Chris Bennewith, Liam Birtles, and Ollie Bown. Their work combines sound, physical space and virtual worlds to create immersive environments for events, festivals and galleries, utilising digital and interactive media to give the participants an active role within the work they are experiencing. The design and new media arts collective have created shows and installations internationally for a vast amount of events, winning awards including 2013 Bronze medal, Best Awards Spatial Design/Installations (NZ), 2013 Finalist, Installations, Architecture Now Interior Awards (NZ), 2013 Professional Notable Honoree, Core77 Design Awards (US), 2000 Winner, Best Online Art, International EMMA Awards (UK), and currently shortlisted for 2015 Lumen Prize and 2015 DARC awards. Squidsoup have also worked on Live shows creating 3D stage lighting design.
WHAT ARE THEY BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
Building on their previous immersive light installation projects Aeolian light (2014) and Submergence (2013), Enlightenment (2015) uses a large array of responsive LEDs to surround and immerse the visitors. Allowing them to walk through the light display and directly interact with the work.
Originally commissioned by Salisbury Cathedral, and inspired by the impact of Magna Carta, Enlightenment explores the effects that the document has had in the last 800 years. ‘Magna Carta has come to symbolise key messages of human rights and equality – concepts that have rippled through space and time. But these ripples have been physical as well as intellectual – the ideas are highly charged and often challenge the status quo, resulting in a long list of power struggles and conflicts.’
The result is a beguiling, disorienting and immersive experience that alters our perceptions of space, place and each other.
Find out more about the installation from Salisbury Cathedral and the links to Magna Carta in the short documentary below.
You can experience this light display throughout the festival in the Waterside Shopping Centre
Squidsoup have featured on The Creators Project and the visual culture blog Colossal.
Supported by Waterside Shopping Centre.
This show is about you rating me based solely on my looks…
Who is Louise Orwin?
Louise Orwin is a live artist, researcher, writer and performer. Her work is both live and recorded, with incarnations in performance, video and photography. She is fascinated by liveness, awkwardness, femininity and masochism – but above all, she likes to have fun.
Louise has shown work internationally and all over the UK. She is preoccupied with a doomed sense of femininity which she feels imposes cultural limitations on her self and her work. She enjoys playing with these perceived limitations and stereotypical notions of the feminine in popular culture.
Her practice fuses the horrifyingly intimate with the excruciatingly public, often engaging its audiences in demanding, exciting and risk-taking positions: always asking not only what the audience may take from the performance, but what the performance may take from its audiences. By mixing the highly theatrical with the perfectly mundane, her work strives to challenge what we may conceive of as entertaining in a fast-moving and media-saturated world.
Louise’s works include A Girl and A Gun – a live performance work challenging our fascination with gendered violence on screen, which featured at Camden’s Calm Down Dear Festival of feminism and is due to visit Amsterdam later this year – Humiliation Piece which saw the artist put her fate in the hands of her audience as she struggled through a game of Truth or Dare controlled and judged by the viewers, and The Betty Series – a continuing performative photographic series exploring female iconography and an obsessive connection with food.
What is Louise Bringing to Frequency?
Pretty Ugly focuses on the recent global trend of young girls posting videos on YouTube asking viewers to rate their looks. Louise Orwin tried this for herself, living as three teenage alter-egos online. This installation, performance and workshop explores what happened. There is a live YouTube experiment, some Britney, a tender and inappropriate love story and some of Louise’s childhood toys. The piece is about our obsessions and pretensions and teenage girls. It’s also about you, me and the internet.
Pretty Ugly has received international media attention, being featured in New York Magazine, Wired, The Independent and on Woman’s Hour. It received its full London premiere at Camden’s People’s Theatre as the headlining act for the very first Calm Down, Dear Festival of Feminism in October 2013.
‘Pretty Ugly feels genuinely urgent and deeply necessary. It demands, and deserves, to be seen.’ Exeunt
Pretty Ugly Short Trailer from Louise Orwin on Vimeo.
Installation takes place at The Collection throughout the festival.
Performance Thursday 29th 7.30pm Book Tickets (Pay What You Think It Was Worth)
Workshop Friday 30th 2-4PM. Book onto the workshop