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After Dark at the Castle – Information

Thank you for purchasing tickets for ‘After dark at the Castle.’  We’ve been asked by Lincoln Castle to pass on a few bits of vital information about the event…

October 30, 2015 on News, News updates

Culture Cafe

On Wednesday 28 October, Lincoln Cultural and Arts Partnership (LCAP) will host a Culture Cafe at The Rest, 55 Steep Hill, Lincoln, 6pm – 7.30pm.

This event will focus on the relationship between the arts and business in our great small city and will seek to support network-building amongst creative professionals and local business owners and entrepreneurs.

October 26, 2015 on News, News updates

Creative Conversations

As part of Frequency Festival we have a variety of creative conversations with some of the artists featured in our programme. This is an opportunity for people to get to chat to the artist and learn a bit more about their work, casual and inclusive for all

October 26, 2015 on News, News updates

Frequency Fabratory

Get hands on and involved in Frequency 2015 with The Fabratory; an open access space bursting with workshop, talk and show and tells from the artists and experimenters that make up this year’s festival.

October 23, 2015 on News, News updates

Artist Focus: seeper

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: Family and Children Events

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

October 20, 2015 on Blog, News, News updates

A Collider Conversation – Cybersalon Debate on Digital Bill of Rights

Threshold Studios presents, in collaboration with Furtherfield:
A Collider Conversation – Cybersalon Debate on Digital Bill of Rights
Join this debate on the digital future and have your say on what a Magna Carta for the digital age might involve. Discuss our contemporary rights and liberties, and the ways technology has influenced how we view our own freedoms.
On the first evening of Frequency Festival 2015, Cybersalon.org will host a popular public debate with leading thinkers and activists, including Dr Richard Barbrook (Westminster University, Centre for the Study of Democracy) around recent calls for a Digital Bill of Rights. The world has just got a lot more complex, automation is eating the jobs and the future of humans and their rights have never been more uncertain.
This accessible debate will demystify the issues surrounding the politics of freedom and the Internet, and set the scene for the festival.
We will be joined by Professor Raul Espejo, a Chilean participant of the first cybernetic revolution from 1972 and co-author of Cybersyn, the first decision support system to aid the management of national economy. Prof Espejo is now a resident of Lincoln and a supporter of the Digital Bill of Rights.
He will be joined by Eva Pascoe, co-founder of the first Internet Café Cyberia (1994), and a digital rights activist from Cybersalon.
Together, with the audience, we will start to define a new framework for Digital Rights and explore how we might disrupt the seemingly inevitable progress of automation.
Cargill Lecture Theatre
Minerva Building,
University of Lincoln (Brayford Campus)
LN6 7TS Lincoln
United Kingdom
Friday, 23 October 2015 from 19:30 to 21:00
Book your free ticket here.

October 19, 2015 on News, News updates

Artist Focus: Shun Ito

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.
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October 19, 2015 on Blog, News updates

Artist Focus: 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.
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.
Visit: www.squidsoup.org
Tweet: @squidsoup
Supported by Waterside Shopping Centre.

October 18, 2015 on Blog, News updates

Artist Focus: Louise Orwin

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
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Twitter #PrettyUgly

October 17, 2015 on Blog, News updates

Artist Focus: Francesco Proto

Francesco Proto is a theorist and architect, he is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Visual Culture and Critical Theory at the University of Lincoln, where he teaches and researched “the inhuman strategies of the subject”.
A minimalist music composer, Francesco has a huge interest in popular music and its development from the Middle Ages up to now. Part of his research then focuses on the translation of contemporary experimental music into geometric ratios, and design patterns of repetitions and variations into music.
His research outcomes stems from architecture’s long-term relationship with music, i.e. since Palladio first translated classic harmony into 3D coordinates, as well as the high/low brow artistic conundrum in popular culture.
Simulacra and Simulation is a video installation which takes its title from Simulacra and Simulation – the book that made of Baudrillard an academic superstar worldwide – is made up of an original music composition mimicking American rock road songs as showcased and illustrated by a video developed between the School of Architecture and Design and the Department of Media Studies, University of Lincoln.
A positive but critical spin on the popularization of knowledge, the installation combines audio and images to the point where the alleged relationship between academy and audience, sender and receive, is reversed.

The Post-Human Lab: Architecture and the Body
Architecture has for many centuries built a relationship with the human body, thus making of the latter the ideal medium through which the invisible forces of progress meet and implement human needs to set free from natural constraints. From the Renaissance onwards, architecture has become the mirror image of divine order and mundane happiness.
Yet, technological advancements have in the long run shown their side effects. No longer the locus where the perfection of God’s creation is reflected, the body becomes the very site where a dystopic vision of the future of humanity is addressed. Will the body adapt to the growing amount of technology or rather succumb to it?
The exhibition showcases outcomes of the Postgraduate architecture research lab directed and tutored by Dr Francesco Proto and the group’s investigation of post-human’s theory and practice by means of unpredictable design strategies that have already attracted the attention of the scientific world.
Built and thought at the crossroad of architecture, science, medicine and fine art, the works materialize those very processes that technology has ignited and that through technology and scientific advancements are now anticipated.
Joint collaboration between the School of Architecture, the Department of Life Sciences and the School of Fine art at the University of Lincoln. Contributed to by Irene Cheng (in collaboration with Dr Issam Hussain, Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, College of Science). Curated by Anastasia Samara, Jonathan Collins, Jenny Chow, Saunder Fong and Rojan Haghani. Project managed by Kathleen Watt. Photographed by James Grigg. Task Force: Alan Gill, Hardeep Bains and Rich Wen Chee Kong. 
Contributors/Artists: Abdullahi Hamza, Anna Downs, Christina Kleanthous, Eva Chan, Irene Cheng, Matt McCreith, Melina Karanastasi, Nazurah Mohd Noor, Sebastian Smith Coordinators/Curators : Irene Cheng, Jonathan Collins, Jenny Chow, Saunder Fong Photographer: James Grigg, Saunder Fong Task Force: Hardeep Bains, Alan Gill Video technicians: Tony Richards, Richard Black.

October 16, 2015 on Blog, News updates

Artist Focus: Richard Knight

Richard Knight works creatively with the form of the radio show, exploring W.S. Burrough’s premise that the cut-up is a means to travel in both time and space.
Last year, his eighteen ‘The Four Points Are Thus Beheld’ radio shows for Tyneside Cinema’s Basic.fm were well received. These were a series of ‘uncurated’ explorations of sound, focusing on spoken word, poetry and field recordings.
His arts practice has developed over a period of forty years, from the early days of the London Film-makers Co-op to community arts in Lincolnshire. He is an experienced performer, graffiti artist, and a collaborator in a variety of fields. He teaches, writes and broadcasts.
The themes of his work are not always ‘conscious’, rather, they emerge through the process of the work.
‘Internal Landscapes’ is a radio show that represents a complex drift though the city of Lincoln, moving through both space and time.
Through the use of the cut-up we encounter different characters, times and places in Lincoln’s history as a city, folding in characters both real and invented, incorporating moments from the festival, conversations, monologues and various field recordings which use binaural sound to create perspective and a poetic sense of the City as a Whispering Gallery of haunted memories.

October 15, 2015 on Blog, News updates