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Venue Focus 1: The Collection & Usher Gallery

The Collection and Usher Gallery is Lincolnshire’s premier historic and contemporary art gallery as well as an archaeology museum set in the heart of historic Lincoln.
Before 2005, The Collection was known as ‘The City and County Museum’ before it merged with the Usher Gallery and became The Collection.
A new purpose built museum was opened in 2005 to house collections of archaeology, and in the adjoining Usher Gallery, a variety of art collections are presented. Both The Collection and Usher Gallery has a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions which combined with the permanent exhibitions bring around 120,000 visitors a year to its galleries, most of which are completely free.
 
Facts about the galleries

Evidence of Roman occupation was found in the form of a mosaic pavement that can now be seen displayed underneath the floor of The Collection’s archaeology gallery
Flaxengate is known to have been in existence since c.AD900 and was previously called ‘Haraldestigh’ and ‘Flaxgate’
Danesgate lost its original name ‘Danissegate’ during the 19th century when it then was called Bull Ring Lane before coming back to its main name in 1830
Where the Stokes café stands nowadays, there used to be a Victorian building named Manvers Arms Public House
James Ward Usher, the collector and businessman that was honoured by the city, had the sole right of the Lincoln Imp and became famous thanks to it
A letter sent to James Usher actually managed to reach him just with a drawing of the imp on the envelope
The Usher Gallery was officially opened on 25th May 1927 by the Prince of Wales
The Collection used to be located in a 13th Franciscan church that remained the museum’s home for almost 100 years
When the Collection moved to a new location, its inventory recorded 2 million objects

 
Lincoln’s archaeology museum and the Usher Gallery are operated by Lincolnshire County Council in partnership with the City of Lincoln Council, the Arts Council England. Supported by the Friends of Lincoln Museums and Art Gallery, the Usher Trust and the Heslam Trust.
 
‘Where are we now?’ by Justin Blinder, Paolo Cirio, Brian House and Jon Rafman, an exhibition part of Frequency 13, will be opening on Friday 13th at The Collection and will be on display until 12th January 2014.

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September 15, 2013 on Blog, News updates

Artist Focus 4: il pixel rosso

Do you remember how the trees would burn with a fire that reached so high, that the birds fell from the sky like a rain of flaming miniature suns? 10,000 years ago that fire was your home, and now the Faruk have come to return you to that place…
Theatre and cinema combine in il pixel rosso’s immersive video goggle experience to create a multi-sensory journey, which places the audience at the heart of the narrative. and the Birds Fell from the Sky hijacks your eyes and ears to remove you from reality, and places you in the land of the Faruk, an anarchic, dreamy, dangerous world at the edge of civilisation.
‘Totally immersive and genuinely powerful, this video-goggle piece is as original as they come‘ Fringe Biscuit ****
Two audience members at a time are guided through the performance through simple audio instructions, and are moved through the space by ushers, to lose sense of their real physical location and to transfer fully into the fictional environment of the world of the Faruk.
Artist and deviser Silvia Mercuriali and multi-award winning film maker and artist Simon Wilkinson combine creative forces to form il pixel rosso, with the aim to create innovative and challenging ‘autoteatro’ work that reflects our condition as individuals and our relationship with the society that surrounds us.  They have toured and the Birds Fell from the Sky to Edinburgh, Brighton, Australia and London and now they are coming to Lincoln for Frequency 2013.
Revolution
‘Revolution to us means constant evolution of form and technique, pushing the work into new territories and avoiding easy classification.’ il pixel rosso

Autoteatro
Autoteatro is a term coined by Silvia Mercuriali’s partner company Rotozaza, and is described by the company as a performance where there is no other audience than those participating in the performance.  Rotozaza say that ‘Autoteatro does not ask audience members to be clever or inventive’ they are performing the piece for themselves, guided through the show with simple visual or auditory ques. For more information about Autoteatro and Rotozaza, you can visit their website here.
‘My response to the autoteatro style instructions was as immediate and unquestioning as that of a sleep walker’ The Guardian
Immersive theatre and audiovisual experiences are seeing a new wave of interest, with many companies focusing on the boundaries of audience reaction, reality and theatre, through the use and development of technological equipment.  If you are interested in il pixel rosso, keep an eye out for Zest Theatre and Proto-type Theater during Frequency 13.
il pixel rosso will be performing ‘and the Birds Fell from the Sky’ at Lincoln Drill Hall
For more information: http://bit.ly/17wrVeU
Tune in to il pixel rosso’s news: http://ilpixelrosso.org.uk
Follow them: @ilpixelrosso

September 14, 2013 on Blog, News updates

Artist Focus 3: Alexis Rago

Over two decades, Alexis Rago has been exhibiting work in private and public galleries and is renowned nationally and internationally. As well as being a graduate in Biology from the University of Manchester, he subsequently studied Fine Art at the Institute for Art and Restoration in Florence, Italy and is also a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.
His use of video, sound and light is utilised to extend the scope of engagement, as well as to encourage debate on the relationship between the sacred and secular. In a context of evolution and sacred art, he negotiates the relationship between science and spirituality through the use of ceramic material to embody biological notions in a sculptural form.
Chaos Contained & Impermanent and Everlasting
Rago’s solo show ‘Chaos Contained’ is an intriguing multi-sensory experience, showing at the National Centre for Craft & Design . Brand new large scale ceramic works were created, integrating other media such as digital sound and projection imagery, which are new elements to his practice. Ideas from life science, evolution, anthropology and sacred art are linked together, and leave the spectators open to decide what the work might be. His work reaches the edge of what is technically possible in ceramics, and it is often breathtakingly delicate.
The Impermanent and Everlasting installation from Chaos Contained specifically focuses on the fragmentation of knowledge, since the philosophical revolution of the Enlightenment, by bringing together evolutionary theory and sacred art in a deliberate strategy to encourage debate on notions of the sacred and secular, and the human need to mythologize.
Constant state of flux
After the exploration of Enlightenment and Darwin ideas as well as quantum theory, society has been undergoing an existential revolution. The relationship with the world is changing faster than ever before and at a universal level.
However, there is always renewal and new energy throughout such processes. For Alexis Rago, to embrace such a renewal is to form a personal revolution as one way of coming closer to a world from which one all too often feels separated.
‘Revolution, rotation, cycles, change, renewal, disruption, symmetry, chaos, order, establishment, stability, balance, equilibrium, precariousness, evolution.  These ideas are in a constant state of flux as they feed into my work in material and conceptual ways.’ Alexis Rago
A twin piece to the one installed at Frequency Festival will be on view amongst other works at Alexis Rago’s solo show ‘Chaos Contained’ at the National Centre for Craft and Design, 8 September – 17 November.
Other activities related to the show will also include interactive activities, workshops and objects to allow visitors to engage with the conceptual and practical skills that are employed by the artist.

For more information about the artist: http://bit.ly/15y1dom
More information about the exhibition: http://bit.ly/1agCA16
Tune in to Alexis news: alexisrago.com
Follow him: @alexisrago
Connect: www.facebook.com/alexis.rago1
 

September 13, 2013 on Blog, News updates

Artist Focus 2: Mike Downing

Mike Downing- Come Here, I Need You
Photographer, Multi Media Artist and Tutor Mike Downing has been living and working in Lincoln for the past thirteen years. His new work Come Here, I Need You considers the visible and invisible disturbance that telephone and data communications has on our landscape and in the environment. By tapping into the data streams that permeate our skies, this multimedia piece seeks to make visible the invisible all around us, and represent these ever present signals and transmissions through multimedia art.
Come Here, I Need You asks what it means to live in a world where the very air we breathe is charged with the traces of digital spirits from a myriad of communication technologies.
Failed Heirlooms
Mike Downing returns to Frequency, after showing Failed Heirlooms at the first Frequency festival in 2011. Failed Heirlooms looked at the emotional and financial value we place on objects and how in an increasingly objectless digital age, these once precious symbols end up broken, sold on and deemed worthless.
Watch the trailer here.
Revolution
How has technology impacted our everyday life? From mobile phones, to Twitter, to live streaming data and video conferencing; there is always a new piece of tech to get to grips with, and little thought as to how these new modes of communication effect how we as humans interact with each other. With such a rapid increase in the amount of users of these modes of communication, should we pay more attention to how these changes affect our conversations, our opinions and potentially our health? Mike examines these questions through Come Here, I Need You to present a debate on our dependence on these forms of technology, and to ask if they are help to our society, or if we too readily accept technological advancements.
‘In my work and research I seek to scratch at the surface of how new media forms shape our reading and response to the world around us and to what extent we can be said to shape or be shaped by them. Human interaction is changing – the pace of which leaves many floundering to grasp just what these changes mean for our future.’ Mike Downing
Come Here, I Need You will be premiering at Frequency Festival 2013
 
For more information: http://bit.ly/17uNbSn
Tune in to Mike’s news:  http://bit.ly/17uMp7U
Follow him: @MikeDowningUK

September 12, 2013 on Blog, News updates

Artist Focus 1: Zest Theatre

 
Zest Theatre 
Zest Theatre create exciting theatre for, by and with young people, from their base in the heart of Lincoln’s Cultural Quarter. Each year around 13,000 young people access their work either as audience members or participants. This summer, Zest Theatre have worked with under 25 year olds in Lincoln, Spalding, Stamford and Louth to develop content, characters and dialogue which was then used to devise Gatecrash.
“Who better to make sure that Zest’s work truly engages young audiences then young people themselves?!! We’re proud to be based in Lincolnshire and love this place we call home!” Zest Theatre
Gatecrash
Gatecrash has been developed with young people to create an interactive performance, where the audience are invited to gatecrash the party. The audience are given the power to tune in to different conversations, as they happen, through the use of silent disco technology, allowing every audience member to see and hear a different version of the show.
Through a drunken night of unrequited love, regretted tweets, youthful insecurity, needy voicemails, vomit in handbags and dancing on tables; Zest Theatre examines the biggest and most life changing revolution – being a teenager.
What does revolution mean to them?
“The journey from childhood to adulthood is a revolution that we universally experience. It’s these teenage years that influence and form so much of our understanding of the way in which we see and experience the world. In addition to this (for better or worse), we’re in the middle of a global technological Revolution that has seen the barriers to communication removed and access to information increase. Being a teenager in 2013 is a journey of excitement and discovery bombarded with a confusing cacophony of media and online content.
It’s these teenage revolutions that are the focus of their work. Art has the power to educate, empower and influence its audiences and that’s what they’re all about. Zest creates exciting, accessible and relevant theatre experiences that speak to young people and provide a voice to help make sense of how they see the world around them.”
Gatecrash will be premiering at Frequency Festival at Lincoln Drill Hall before touring the rest of Lincolnshire and East Midlands throughout October and November.
 
Tune in to Zest Theatre’s news: http://bit.ly/184pher
Like them on: facebook.com/zesttheatre
Follow them: @zesttheatre #gatecrashplay
Trailer: http://bit.ly/14Drhf3

September 11, 2013 on Blog, News updates