WHO IS MICHELLE WALSH?
Michelle Walsh is a photographer and lecturer in Film and Media at the University of Lincoln. Her photography work visually explores identity and subjectivity with reference to contemporary neuroscience, eastern philosophy and participatory photographic methods.
Michelle Walsh has had her previous work ‘Come Back to Where You Are’, exhibited at the New Art Exchange Nottingham, as well as showcasing two works for Frequency Festival 2011. ‘The Empty Space’ were moving portraits that were composed like classical paintings. The second piece ‘Out of Nowhere, Nothing Answered’, invited the public one by one to relax their mind. Using EEG technology, the process triggered a camera creating a unique self-portrait.
WHO IS HAZEL DONNELLY?
Hazel Donnelly is a photographer and film maker as well as being the Project Director of New Media Lincs. Her work has been exhibited extensively, with regular gallery shows in Scotland and Ireland over the years as well as an exhibition in the Photographers Gallery, Perth, Australia.
Hazel returned to education to carry out an MA in Digital Imaging and Photography, with her final MA show exhibited in Lincoln Cathedral.
As Project Director of New Media Lincs, a Social Enterprise Business associated with the School of Film and Media at the University of Lincoln, she facilitates students in providing media services for the local community. Hazel picks relevant teams of people to offer companies fresh solutions and media skills, ranging from scripting, video production, digitisation, editing, animation and sound.
WHAT ARE THEY BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
Together, they are bringing you an installation piece that will explore the individual narratives of immigrants living in Lincoln.
To accompany the installation, there will be a story and pop-up photo booth to collect the untold stories of displaced people living in the city.
Lucky Like will be showing at St Mary Le Wigford Church throughout Frequency 2015, with a pop-up story and photo booth taking place on both weekends of the festival.
The Collection is presenting a curated series of exhibitions during Frequency and beyond (from 24 Oct 2015 – 14 Feb 2016) to spark discussion around the themes raised by Magna Carta 800 years on.
Today’s artists focus will feature the artists that form Freedom Lies: Michael Pinchbeck, Ghana ThinkTank, Jordan Baseman, and S. Mark Gubb.
WHO IS MICHAEL PINCHBECK?
Michael Pinchbeck is an award-winning writer and artist based in Nottingham, UK. Having completed a Masters in Performance and Live Art from Nottingham Trent University, he lectures at the University of Lincoln with his work touring nationally and internationally, and has been selected for the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase three times.
Pinchbeck’s work includes an ongoing archive of interviews, retelling memories of the former primary school where the piece is based (Primary), a public installation piece consisting of a bench with a plaque inviting the general public to sit down and listen to a recording that reflects on what it means to sit and reminisce (Sit with Me for a Moment and Remember), and a series of plays inspired by stage directions from Shakespeare (The Beginning, The Middle, The End).
WHAT IS HE BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
Michel Pinchbeck brings his work ‘The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment’ to Frequency ‘15. A combination of slideshow and performance, this story of a man suddenly expelled into the vacuum of space brings a guest performer on stage who follows instructions fed through a pair of headphones – instructions the performer has no prior knowledge of. Inspired by a 1984 installation by Russian artist Illya Kabakov, the work was commissioned by hÅb (Manchester) and Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, developed at First Bite, Forest Fringe and Hatch and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
WHAT IS GHANA THINKTANK?
Ghana ThinkTank, founded by Christopher Robbins, John Ewing and Matey Odonkor and later joined by Carmen Montoya, is both a public art project and a global network. Collecting “first world problems” from the US and Europe and sending them to think tanks in so called developing countries such as Ghana, Cuba, Iran and Mexico the project aims to gain a fresh international perspective on local and global issues.
The project was initially conceived as a response to the trend of “first world” countries attempting to solve issues in the developing world, in cultures they have no experience or knowledge of. Ghana ThinkTank turns the idea of first and third world on its head and challenges perceptions of what we consider to be developing countries. The project places value on the experiences and cultures of people who are often dismissed because of the economic status of their countries, and stresses the importance of allowing the people of developing countries to be a part of solving their own problems.
In 2013 Ghana ThinkTank won the Creative Capital Award for Emerging Fields which allowed them to develop a project called ThinkTank At The Border which focused specifically on immigration issues in the USA. They collected problems from people living on both sides of the issue; from border control officers to deported immigrants, from undocumented workers to patriot groups, through face to face interviews, focus groups and anonymous postcards. The project then exchanges those problems, allowing the opposing groups to work together to facilitate a solution. Ghana ThinkTank then works with the communities involved to implement those solutions, which are then documented and shared in a roving exhibition. The project’s work is continued through collaboration with non-profits and civilian groups on all sides of the debate with an aim to implement Ghana ThinkTank’s model as a tool for conflict prevention.
As a result of their various think tanks, Ghana ThinkTank has implemented several projects aimed at breaking down borders between opposing communities, for example; a series of bus adverts celebrating immigrants in Queens using slogans like “I came here to be an American” and “Made by an immigrant”, and the establishing of official looking “legal waiting zones” in the same area to combat the discrimination Latin American immigrant workers were experiencing from the police, who would accuse them of illegal loitering which could result in a fine of up to $5,000. These zones were set up not only as a safe space for those facing police discrimination but also to generate conversation and spark debate from those who would have never seen waiting in the street as a problem before.
Ghana ThinkTank brings an exhibition showcasing the work they have done across the various countries they have visited to Frequency Festival in Lincoln, and will also be collecting problems from festival goers to send to their think tanks for solutions.
In partnership with FACT, Liverpool.
WHO IS JORDAN BASEMAN?
Jordan Baseman is a visual artist, filmmaker and head of Sculpture programme at the Royal College of Art. Baseman is currently artist in residence at the University of Lincoln at Lincoln Law School, the first artist to receive the city’s artist in residence position.
In recent years he has received grants from: Arts Council England, The Arts & Humanities Research Council, The British Council, In addition, he has exhibited and screened work internationally in galleries and film festivals including Australia, USA, Austria, Germany, Japan, Portugal, France and Italy.
Baseman’s body of work includes both exhibition and film and focuses on several diverse and contrasting themes and often making use of documentary techniques, for example: ‘Nobody Likes Us But We Don’t Care’ – a documentary short featuring SiRR, (possibly) the only heavy metal band in Azerbaijan, ‘True Crime’ – a film of criminologist Dr Diana Bretherick discussing the social constructs of good and evil over mugshots of contemporary criminals, and ‘Deadness’ – an exhibition focusing on death and the relationship between portraiture and embalming.
WHAT IS HE BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
Jordan Baseman presents ‘July The Twelfth’ at Frequency ‘15; an actual audio recording of the State of Georgia execution of Ivon Ray Stanley on July the Twelfth 1984. The piece questions whether the death penalty is truly a form of justice, or in fact purely government controlled murder. The dialogue is transcribed, letting you view the words as the execution plays out, as the piece explores issues of freedom of information, human rights and controversial penal systems.
WHO IS S MARK GUBB?
Mark Gubb is a multimedia artist, working across several mediums, incorporating sculpture, video, sound, installation and performance into his work. Based in Cardiff, Gubb’s work has been shown internationally in both group and solo shows from Liverpool to Berlin, to MoMA in New York City.
Mark Gubb is influenced heavily by the social and political culture of his lifetime and these issues are reflected in the subjects of his work. He has an equal fascination with society’s successes and failures which often takes the form of a kind of re-evaluation and re-interpretation of contemporary culture and our collective history. Through his work Gubb aims to provoke his audience to consider their contribution to their society and the world as a whole, and to remind us of the great and terrible things that happen around us.
Gubb’s work also includes several permanent installation pieces that can be found across the UK, including a delapidated, B-movie inspired “cabin in the woods” in Cumbria (The Church of the Greys) and a neon sign sculpture featuring changeable messages chosen by the artist and the public in Portsmouth (Trav’ller in the Dark).
WHAT IS HE BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
Showing at Frequency ‘15 is “The Death of Peter Fetcher”, a recording of a one off performance S. Mark Gubb gave in London, recreating the shooting and subsequent death of an 18 year old man as he tried to escape across the Berlin Wall in 1962. The work takes a stark look at one of many incidents of violence committed by totalitarian forces and raises questions about bystander apathy and the way we see our collective histories.
WHAT IS CO_LAB?
co_LAB is the Collaboration Laboratory Research Network at the University of Lincoln, bringing together people from different fields and disciplines to collaborate on innovative trans-media projects. The co_LAB workshops have been held twice within the University of Lincoln as well as internationally.
Inspired by the previous MC2020 an EU Erasmus Intensive Programme, co_LAB implemented a similar teaching and learning model, to enhance collaboration through the use of digital, cloud-based collaborative tools.
The most recent workshop was held in May 2015, involving the College of Arts, College of Science and the College of Social Science within the University of Lincoln. The project theme was based on how the Magna Carta might be repurposed for the digital age, the brief was centred around surveillance culture, privacy and big data, with the outcomes being presented at Web We Want festival at the Southbank Arts Centre, London.
WHAT ARE THEY BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
For Frequency 15, co_LAB are presenting three interactive experiences, Blind_Data, Caught in the Web and WWW25.
Blind Data places you on the other end of surveillance. Taking on the role of a data analyst, using just the digital footprint of individuals, can you determine what kind of people they are and whether they are just ordinary citizens or a potential threat? This interactive workshop challenges ideas and uses of online data.
Caught in the Web
Caught in the Web is a virtual reality web browser, created to immerse the viewer and take them through the developments in the 25 years of the web, exploring those which have either restricted or opened up new avenues for accessibility. Utilising the technology available through the Oculus Rift, immerse yourself in this experience.
WWW25 – What is the Web YOU want?
Created by James Field, Martyn Thayne and Graham Cooper, lecturers at the University of Lincoln, this interactive installation collates ideas and opinions from the audience and projects these into the work to crowd-source a digital Magna Carta for the future.
WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FORWARD TO?
“The eclectic mix of projects that this festival always manages to attract. This year I’m most looking forward to Squidsoup’s Enlightenment – a project I have heard so much about yet never seen and now it’s on my doorstep!” – James Field
“After seeing a few of the projects at the world HCI conference, like Taphobos and Sky Cube, I’m excited to see even more crazy ideas at Frequency…” – Zach Jones
Find out more about co_LAB and their projects: http://colab.lincoln.ac.uk/
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We need participants for one of our Frequency Festival installations! You will be playing an important role in making this artwork come to life.
Ad Infinitum by The Office For Creative Research
The decision behind what you see and when you see it when you’re online are brought to life in this installation using data visualisation and documentary film to open up the workings of the web and discussing the ethics of digital profiling. The piece explores the differences between our digital identities and how we see ourselves and questions whether we are truly free to be who we are online.
OCR want to empower everyday users with at least as much information as the advertisers have about them, and put choice back in your hands.
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September 23, 2015 on News, News updates