Who am I? To be human is to ask questions, even about our very existence, but what if we asked google these questions instead? Would some people get better answers than others?
We look to our phones and devices for answers, but do they let us make ourselves anew, or just replicate the biases in the non-digital world?
My Soul Is A Search Engine was commissioned for Frequency 2019.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dolly Sen is a writer, artist, and filmmaker. Her work aims to subvert perceptions around madness and being “othered”. She’s trying to alter the faulty programming of society that thinks being mad is a virus and not a response to the system it finds itself in. No person is a spam folder.
A series of public performances held in Liverpool and Salford (© Photo credits Amina Bihi) as well as a collection of eight video/text/audio essays available on his website.
YouKnow is a research project that was initiated by a residency at FACT Liverpool and the BBC in Salford and London.
By looking at BBC journalists’ workflows, BBC R&D experiments, and real world events, this research aims to evaluate the impact of automation and Artificial Intelligence in the construction and consumption of news items. This research has materialised itself through several outputs:
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Thomas Grogan is Franco-British artist and design researcher based in London. With a background in Industrial and Speculative Design, he has developed a practice that is driven by ethnographic research, investigating current and future social issues surrounding emerging technologies. His work varies from installation, filmmaking, to performance.
www.thomas-grogan.comJune 9, 2019 on Artwork, Featured, Online Zone
This photographic project by Willa Jamieson looks at the ethics of surveillance, taking Streetview images of individuals minding their own business in their garden or street, and turning them into postcards. Wish you were here?
Willa Jamieson is a Lincolnshire based photographer studying BA Photography at the University of Lincoln. Her work covers a variety of subjects, primarily focusing on abandoned spaces and derelict landscapes, places discarded by society.
Large scale black and white images show the magnitude of an industrial quarry and how it disrupts the surrounding landscape. A quarry can have multiple impacts on the environment; visual intrusion, dust, damaged landscape, loss of land and a deterioration in water quality.
Created in response to the Frequency Festival 2019 theme, ‘Disruption=Cultural Reinvention’, Robert’s photographs put the often-unearthly quarry landscapes front and centre, while her captions explore the work the industry is doing to restore this land to agriculture or woodland.
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 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.