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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.
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
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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 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.
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Trailer: http://bit.ly/14Drhf3

September 11, 2013 on Blog, News updates