Artist George Eksts’ exhibition titled Serious String at Mansions of the Future has been re-curated by visitors at Frequency Festival over the past four days. The works exhibited in a special framework, and on wheels, allowed visitors, gallery staff and the artist to put the works together and to re-curate the show.October 27, 2019 on Blog, Blog, News, News updates
Inspired by the way sci-fi creates fictional universes, artist Sophie Rogers uses digital software to create navigable simulations of imagined places and scenes.
In August 2019 Sophie undertook a residency with Mansions of the Future, resulting in a digital commission to coincide with Frequency Festival.
This new online commission combines simulations of alternate realities with research into Donna Harraway’s writing on how the human and non-human are inextricably interlinked.July 9, 2019 on Artwork, Blog, Featured, News
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, Blog, News
We have now brought Frequency Festival 2015 to a close.
This year we’ve ventured deep into the heart of the internet, taken a journey under the sea and fought for our right to dream. We found out if we were pretty or ugly and whether that even matters, we saw just how much the internet knows about us and heard the noise our digital communications create. We took a road trip through the US, got buried alive, flew into space from our apartments and even found enlightenment in a shopping centre. All in just ten days.November 4, 2015 on News
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.
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
Furtherfield bring two weekends full of street games and events to Lincoln High Street for Frequency ’15. Create your own manifesto, draw a new video game, get involved with a lightening speed debate or just shout at a brick, as Frequency Festival takes over the High Street and Brayford Wharf.
Manifesto! – Holly Gramazio
Holly Gramazio and Sophie Sampson of Matheson Marcault are bringing their interactive game Manifesto! to the streets of Lincoln on 24th and 25th October. A fast and funny game exploring some of the tensions inherent in the democratic process. Work against the other team to get your manifesto out there first, but make sure it’s something you can all stand behind! The game asks you to think about personal beliefs and compromise via the medium of flags, boards and shouting. Drop in for ten minutes to play or see the online gallery at manifestogame.tumblr.com
Holly Gramazio and Sophie Sampson from Frequency Festival on Vimeo.
24-25 October, 10.30-5pm, High Street (Shopping Centre Main Entrance)
Everywhere A Sign: A Guided Walk by Tim Waterman
Tim Waterman is a landscape architect, urbanist, and writer who writes about taste, democracy, and power in landscapes.
The walk looks at how the urban landscape has evolved to provide cues to human behaviour, to improve or curtail our freedoms in the city, and to facilitate or hinder the construction of civil society and the public realm. In the spirit of Magna Carta, the walk through Lincoln’s streets explores how our freedoms and the right to the city and landscape are mutually assured by trespass, dissent, resistance and manners.
24 Oct 3pm and 25 oct 11am
Meeting point: Speakers’ Corner (High Street and Cornhill)
Challenging A Brick – Stephen Sheehan
The brick will always me a brick, no matter how much you scream at it.
Reprising a three minute action of screaming at a brick. To be performed live once by the artist and then repeated by local theatre students.
Born and living in Birkenhead Stephen Sheehan is an artist creating a variety of work, ranging from films to performances. Challenging A Brick will be an impromptu street performance to be performed live once by the artist and then repeated by local theatre students in various locations along the festival trail.
The Rewriting of the Magna Carta
A participatory work for the people of Lincoln. A team of social media scribes will observe and listen for insights and utterings of participants in the street activities, sharing them back into the net via a selection of popular hashtags.
Play Your Place: Play the MC
People of all ages bring their experience, aspirations and expertise to public game-jam events through two world-forming activities: drawing and play. The result is hundreds of drawings and a new platform game level of People’s Magna Carta of Lincoln.
31 October – 01 November, 11-4pm
Talkaoke: A pop up talk show led by The People Speak
A pop-up talk show, set up on the street around an illuminated round table with an enthusiastic host sitting in the middle on a swivel chair. Participants are given the microphone whenever they want, coming and going as they please, generating a conversational journey from one unexpected subject to another.
31 October – 01 November, 11-5pm
Sat 31 Oct at Cornhill and Sun 01 Nov tbc
Find out more about People’s Magna Carta
October 7, 2015 on Blog, News updates
WHO IS JO THOMAS?
Jo Thomas is a composer of electronic music, based in London. Her music has been released by Holiday Records (Mermaids 2013) the left field label Entr’acte and the contemporary music label NMC, as well as studio productions she performs live and site-specific works. Jo Thomas’s work has been performed at Tate Modern, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Prix Ars, Linz, Salon de Messian, Radio France, Paris, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Jo Thomas has a post at the University of East London teaching sound design, composition and music technology. She lives in North London and has her own studio in Highbury.
WHAT IS SHE BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
Agna Rita combines medieval music, text from Magna Carta and contemporary
digital artifacts. Commissioned for the soundwall, the 22 channel piece is composed for this acoustic space in the Lincoln Collection gallery. The music is liberated in the space, allowing it to fill the gallery for a immersive experience.
The walls will speak sound.
Jo Thomas will be at the Collection Sound Wall with Agna Rita throughout the festival.
Jo Thomas gratefully acknowledges support from PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council England and the Britten-Pears Foundation.
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