The second edition of Frequency, Lincoln’s biennial festival of digital culture, takes place in the historic cathedral town next month (18th-26th October 2013).
Four Colman Getty is working closely with organisers Threshold Studios, University of Lincoln, Visit Lincoln and other partners to attract national and international media to the event.
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Frequency – Lincoln Digital Culture Festival
2013 programme announced
18th-26th October 2013
Frequency 2013 will see virtual realities blur with medieval streets when Lincoln’s biennial festival of digital culture returns for the second time this autumn. Featuring extraordinary art exhibitions, surprising installations, amazing performances and lively debates, the programme of entirely free events will recalibrate historic and contemporary venues across the city from 18th – 26th October.
With the theme of ‘Revolution’, Frequency 2013 will invite audiences to explore the ways in which digital technology has changed the way that we interact with the world around us; just as the festival will transform the streets and buildings of one of the UK’s oldest cities with nine days of art, technology and culture.
In an underground Roman gate-house, visitors will be treated to a new ‘choreographed time’ installation by Trope. Juneau Projects and Dale Fearnley will restock an empty shop with the technological relics of our own, digital age, and a 13th century Friary will host an exhibition of ‘analogue liberation’.Outside the not-so-traditional gallery walls, interactive media-art pioneers Blast Theory will revisit their critically acclaimed audio-promenade experience, Ulrike and Eamon Compliant, with an entirely new ending. Meanwhile, the world will be brought to Lincoln through Stanza’s Timescapes, collages of CCTV footage captured in real-time from cameras overlooking recent and historic sites of revolutionary activity.
Frequency 2013 will also host international premiere screenings and performances:
L.A.-based choreography trio WIFE will perform the UK and EU premier of their projection-mapping dance The Grey Ones at Lincoln Drill Hall
• Anglo-Spanish multidisciplinary performance group, Me and The Machine will reveal a new experiential video work, The Show of Your Life
• Tony Conrad, New York-based avant-garde video pioneer, sound artist, experimental musician and educator, will be the subject of an immersive installation by documentary filmmaker Tyler Hubby, drawing on more than 50 hours of archive material
• science writer and film-maker Chris Riley will present Apollo Raw and Uncut,the first complete screening of the entire 13-hour Apollo mission film archive collected by NASA in space and on the surface of the moon between 1966 and 1972
An exhibition at The Collection, Where Are We Now?, will explore how new smart location technologies have changed the way we see people and places, through artworks including Jon Rafman’s Nine Eyes and Brian House’s Quotidian Record. As part of the same show, curated by Ashley Gallant, Paolo Cirio’s Street Ghosts will map portraits from Google Street View onto the age-old pavements of the Lincoln. Nearby, The National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford will host an exhibition of retro computer game design called Revolution in the Bedroom, War in the Playground.
In a city with a high concentration of artists and interactive designers, local talent will be evident in abundance. Alexis Rago, who draws on his background in biological science to inspire his work, will be presenting two new commissions, whilst past graduates from University of Lincoln’s Interactive Design and Fine Art courses will also showcase new work.
Frequency 2013 celebrates revolution through its programme – from the social to the political, the individual to the abstract. The curatorial process also follows this theme, with the Festival Directors encouraging, in part, the city to curate itself and bring together a non-hierarchical programme with a coherent vision for audiences.
The pioneering exhibition programme is brought to the city through an established partnership between the University of Lincoln, Lincoln BIG, Visit Lincoln, Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) and Threshold Studios, an artist-led creative media and visual arts organisation specialising in the production of digital, moving image and public realm works. Principal funding for Frequency Festival, of £168,000, has come from the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme.
Barry Hale and Uzma Johal, Directors of Frequency Festival, Threshold Studios said:
“The events that shape our world are now both witnessed and organised through digital media, so this year's Frequency festival offers artists and curators the chance to present their responses to the theme of Revolution. We are honoured to be hosted again by Lincoln, a forward thinking city which offers a canvas as rich in its creativity as it is steeped in history. Frequency presents a city in debate, inspiring us to ask how we too can participate in making changes to our world - personal or global, political or creative. "
Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, said:
“Frequency Festival of Digital Culture delivers an incredible showcase of local, national and international artistic talent. It provides a gateway for the public to experience revolutionary artwork that they might not otherwise have encountered, and here at the University of Lincoln, we are delighted to be collaborating with the festival again this year. Our staff and students are very much looking forward to being part of Frequency 2013.”
John Cairns, Relationship Manager, Digital at Arts Council England said:
“Frequency festival will present a world-class international programme for the people of Lincoln and beyond. As a digital celebration during the school holidays, the festival has something for everyone including families and young people.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Frequency is a platform for celebrating the pioneering spirit of digital innovation and culture through exhibition, creative collisions and debate.
It showcases international and local work from artists that use digital tools and new media. The festival integrates art into Lincoln’s landscape in the form of installations, projections, site-specific work and live performances.
Frequency is also a melting pot and networking opportunity for artists, academics, creatives and the general public to engage with the debates about art and culture, and the ways in which the digital evolution is shaping our lives.
Our mission is to develop long-term relationships with artists and arts organisations internationally. We want to spark debate, facilitate networking and collaborative working, commission new work and showcase talent, using a historic city as our canvas and sharing it around the globe.
Frequency launched in 2011, when more than 100 local, national and international artists exhibited their work to an audience of over 32,000.
Frequency 2013 partners
The University of Lincoln is instrumental in bringing the Festival of Digital Culture to the city, and many academics and students are taking part as artists as well as being involved in the planning. The University is committed to promoting the arts, and has been a key driver in raising the city’s cultural offering since the institution’s establishment in 2001, notably with its Lincoln Academy series, its annual degree shows, sponsorship of the Lincoln Book Festival and European Festival of Arts. Its Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is one of the largest theatres in the region.
• Threshold Studios is a creative media and visual arts organisation working with new and emerging technologies; specialising in the production and exhibition of digital, moving image and public realm works. Established in 1998, Threshold Studios is a not-for-profit social enterprise and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, enabling partnerships across the arts and creative media industries, the public sector, grassroots communities and higher education. http://www.thresholdstudios.tv
• Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2010 and 2015, we will invest £1.9 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1.1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. http://www.artscouncil.org.uk
• Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) exists to bring people the very best in arts and culture by working together to support, sustain and develop the arts and arts venues across Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire One Venues are: Stamford Arts Centre (Stamford), the South Holland Centre (Spalding), the Guildhall Arts Centre (Grantham), The National Centre for Craft and Design (Sleaford), Lincoln Drill Hall, the Terry O’ Toole Theatre (North Hykeham), The Collection and Usher Gallery (Lincoln), Trinity Arts Centre (Gainsborough), Riverhead Theatre (Louth) and LPAC (Lincoln).
• Visit Lincoln Partnership (VLP) is the destination management organisation for Lincoln supported by a partnership of private and public sector stakeholders including the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Business Improvement Group, and the City of Lincoln Council. The website http://www.visitlincoln.com offers the most up to date list of events, accommodation, places to eat and experiences in the city.
• Lincoln BIG (Business Improvement Group) is a not-for-profit company, which is working hard to help Lincoln City Centre grow as a shopping, leisure and tourist destination. It is funded by a levy paid by 800 city centre businesses, which is enhanced by investor membership and income generated from its own activities and grants. Lincoln BIG organises events throughout the year (including Lincoln by the Sea, the Lincoln Ice Rink and colourful visiting markets), manages the city’s Visitor Information Centre, promotes Lincoln in Bloom and supports the daytime and evening economies in other ways.
Frequency 2013 venues includes:
• Lincoln Drill Hall
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Sincil St Gallery
Library commission venue
The National Centre for Craft & Design
St Swithin Churches
Water Shop, pop-up
University of Lincoln, public spaces
• And more to be announced