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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.
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 STAN PROJECT?
This multi disciplinary team made up of Architects and Computer Scientists, Richard M Wright, Barbara Griffin, Dr Duncan Rowland, Chris Waltham and Peter Baldwin. They are based in the Lincoln School of Architecture and Design and the Lincoln School of Computer Science within the University of Lincoln. For a number of years the team have been exploring the question ‘how to materialise or make physical and immaterial world of social media?’ They use installations as their main output to represent and explore this question.
Their previous projects include the Gold Medal winning twitter gardens in Chelsea and Harrogate. A twitter garden was also shown at the Lincolnshire Show 2014.
WHAT ARE THEY BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
A mechanised installation known as Pynchon’s Wall creates a facade built from a series of mechanised panels that open and close autonomously. The panels respond to social media on Twitter as well as direct tweets, allowing the audience to interact directly with the piece.
Observe these patterns of behaviour as the piece ‘mines’ themes related to liberty and democracy for the festival and the public opinion surrounding these issues.
You can find Pynchon’s Wall in the Drill Hall Courtyard throughout the festival.