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
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
University of Lincoln (Brayford Campus)
LN6 7TS Lincoln
Friday, 23 October 2015 from 19:30 to 21:00
Book your free ticket here.
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
WHO IS DR 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.
WHAT IS FRANCESCO PROTO BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
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.
WHO IS 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.
WHAT IS RICHARD BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
‘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.
NEW ART EXCHANGE
New Art Exchange (NAE) is a contemporary arts space in Nottingham with free entry. NAE celebrates the region’s cultural richness and diversity. The venue welcomes and holds screenings, symposiums, lectures, exhibitions and activities for families and young people ranging from dance, theatre and music.
GALLERIES OF JUSTICE MUSEUM
The Nottingham Galleries of Justice Museum is an old courthouse and goal, located in the Lace Market, Nottingham. The museum of Crime and Punishment offers a variety of events ranging from free exhibitions and tours and even a unique wedding venus.
WHAT ARE THEY BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
Get Up Stand Up!
The artwork presented at Frequency Festival is a new piece, inspired by and drawing on Get Up Stand Up!, a wider, partnership project, between NCCL (National Centre for Citizenship and the Law), Galleries of Justice Museum and New Art Exchange contemporary art space. This new installation piece, drawing on material from a digitally mastered immersive audio-visual tour at Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham, alludes to civil and human rights and those injustices which continue to impede the right to liberty. With migration as its central theme, the work asks what relevance does the concept of liberation have in society today is it a word for the many or the few?
Rooted in research and consultation on global civil rights, the word “liberation” has become significant in the artist’s practice. To “liberate” invites the questions: by whom; for whom and how? The key driver in the work is to explore these questions through artistic media in ways which are relevant to our societal context.
Sooree Pillay (artistic director/writer) trained at Desmond Jones School Of Mime and Physical Theatre, and later at Ecole Internationale de theatre Jacques Lecoq, as performer and theatre director.
Bernhard Schimpelsberger (music director/composer) is an Austrian-born percussionist who trained in India and as a western drummer.
Karl Ellison (film-maker/editor), has worked internationally as an independent film maker and editor for 15 years.
Juneau Projects (digital mapping) work includes participatory elements involving projection, sound, music, animation and installation.
“Get Up Stand Up! came out of the need to engage our communities in an understanding of Civil Rights and the importance of democracy.” Tim Desmond (Chief Executive of the Egalitarian Trust which is comprised of NCCL and The Galleries of Justice Museum)
“It is hoped that Get Up Stand Up! will continue to be a transformational project that engages more people with culture and heritage.”
Find this in the Cellar space, Lincoln Drill Hall.
Tweet: @GOJMuseum @Newartexchange @NCCLinspiring
Visit: New Art Exchange & Galleries of Justice
WHO ARE THE OFFICE FOR CREATIVE RESEARCH?
The Office for Creative Research is a multidisciplinary research group using data to explore new ways of engagement and solve difficult problems with data.
Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada living in New York. With a background in genetics, his digital art practice explores boundaries between science, data, art and culture. Ben Rubin is an internationally renowned media artist based in New York City. Together they form the OCR, collecting raw data and making it accessible, provoking people to think differently and see something they didn’t see before.
WHAT ARE THEY BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
Ad Infinitum will explore the tensions between the identities we construct online, every time we visit the web it is decided for us what we will be presented with. These decisions are based on a profile that has been built up over years by different entities such as retailers, schools, banks, governments and mobile phone providers. Ad Infinitum will explore how our identities have been constructed digitally through the use of data visualisation and documentary film.
…the piece will offer an engaging and critical look at pervasive algorithmic profiling, along with data ethics and discrimination.
The piece will stem from participants data collected within Lincoln UK, participants were asked to download a free Chrome extension which automatically tracks the adds the participants are presented with on a daily basis.
We want to take back control over our data and fight against surveillance advertising
You can find Ad Infinitum at Chad Varah House 10am-5pm throughout the festival.
16th October – 14th November, 2015
‘Adventure Ahead’ is a new project by international artist Annika Eriksson for Gymnasium Projects which is derived from footage from the Media Archive of Central England in Lincoln. The archive holds a huge array of films from amateur and broadcast sources. The work takes footage from a number of sources, including Children Rule 2080 – a science-fiction film, made in 1980, featuring children in a future world.
Creating a time-warp of propositional projections from and reflection on this key era in social history, the project takes the form of a film installation in a temporary venue?in Lincoln city centre – The Old Liberal Club. Selected previous works by Annika Eriksson can also be seen at Project Space Plus.
The programme is as follows:
16th October – 14th November at The Old Liberal Club, St Swithin’s Square, Lincoln
Opening times: Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm
16th October – 14th November at Project Space Plus, University of Lincoln, Lincoln
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays, 11am to 4pm
Artist’s Talk & Opening
Thursday 15th October at The Old Liberal Club, St Swithin’s Square, Lincoln
Opening time: 6pm to 8pm
For more information, please visit: www.gymnasium-projects.org
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WHO IS NICK DRIFTWOOD?
Nick Driftwood is a Brighton based film-maker and videographer, originally from Lincoln, who has worked with film and broadcast technologies all his professional life. He is passionate about exploring the creative and technical capabilities of prosumer technology and is known internationally for his legendary “Driftwood Settings” for the Panasonic GH2, which allowed users to get higher quality footage from their cameras.
Nick trained at Central St Martins, Brighton Film School and ACT (Academy of Creative Training). He runs Driftwood Productions and has made films in collaboration with internationally renowned artists including Turin Brakes, Martyn Ware, DotComedy and Periplum as well as producing his own award winning film and theatre productions.
Nick’s current projects include “Swim to Land” – a short narrative music film starring actor and songwriter Arabella Gibbons (Laughing Stock) and Toby Sebastian (Game of Thrones)
Nick’s experimental work in film alongside his technical knowledge and curiosity led to an approach from Panasonic to be one of their professional Ambassadors. Nick reviews and critiques products, tests innovations in technology pre-market and leads workshops for aspiring and professional digital artists and film-makers.
WHAT IS NICK BRINGING TO FREQUENCY ’15?
Nick’s film work ROAD – produced by Donna Close and made in collaboration with composer Kevin Matthews – is an immersive, non linear, 4k screen work for public spaces and was inspired by a road trip across the US.
ROAD is a reflection on the relationship between personal freedom and technology, the symbolism of America as the “land of the free” and its links to the rise of individualism that grew with the onset of the technological age. The soundscape accompanying the piece, created by composer Kevin Matthews, is made using the compression of the 4k visuals shown on screen. This will provide a “heard” understanding of the data driving the images and allows the soundscape to change according to the pace and grading of the film, creating a soundtrack that is borne of its location.
ROAD is showing throughout the festival at Chad Varah House, and marks the first time Nick’s work has been screened in his home city.
Nick will also be giving a lecture on the developments in and applications of 4k technology for university students and budding film-makers. He will show how 4k filming allows the amateur film-maker to generate cinema quality high resolution images with more affordable equipment and demonstrates his work with streamparser technology to deconstruct the filmed image and analyse the results of what makes up a picture and how this evokes emotional responses.
Nick will be talking about the benefits of 4k and how to edit 4k video quickly and more cost effectively.
Keep an eye on frequency.org.uk for updates on the location and time of this talk.
See Nick’s Work
We believe that through creative and critical engagement with practices in art and technology people are inspired and enabled to become active co-creators of their cultures and societies.
WHO ARE FURTHERFIELD?
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.
WHAT ARE THEY BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
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.
More info: http://freq17.wpengine.com/portfolio-item/furtherfield/
More info: http://www.furtherfield.org/projects/peoplesmagnacarta
Furtherfield’s People’s Magna Carta is a Threshold Studios commission. Presented at Frequency Festival of Digital Culture, Lincoln 2015.