Frequency International Festival of Digital Culture
Frequency Festival 2021: Connection
Festival Dates: Thurs 28 – Sun 31 October 2021
Venue: The artworks will be located throughout central Lincoln including St Marks Garden, Cornhill and Lower High Street 12pm-8pm.
Meet a 9-meter inflatable robot snail, explore AR technology showing pollution in real-time and hear 3D immersive sound from streets around the world.
Frequency Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary by looking to the future with a commitment to creative innovation and finding new ways for audiences and artists to connect through digital, electronic and hybrid art. With its theme of Connection, this year’s festival is a platform for artists and audiences alike to examine, contemplate and playfully think about communication and connection. Over its 10 years in a rapidly changing digital environment, Frequency has consistently pushed forward new ideas, championed creatives who use technology in thought-provoking ways and engaged deeply with place and community.
Festival highlights include:
- Luma, a gigantic 9m long inflatable snail created by Air Giants that shows us a new possible future for robotics.
- 5000 miles is an immersive audio experience transporting you through the evocative sounds of another culture using spatial audio technology and ambisonic 3D recording. Created by Ithaca, and commissioned by Digital Democracies, 5000 miles will be premiering a new lightscape to complement the immersive audio installation at Frequency Festival.
- Monolith is an audio online adventure into eternity using meditation and mindfulness to take you on an adventure just beyond your perception. All you need is a device connected to the internet and some headphones. Monolith is created by Zest working with young people from across the country.
- Digital Atmosphere created by Studio Above&Below uses cutting-edge technology to show us what we’re breathing. Inspired by investigations into early air pollution devices, from the canary in the mine onwards, the sculpture’s Atmo Sensor picks up the invisible changes in the air quality of the surrounding environment. This data is then translated by the artists into an evocative audio-visual simulation, visible only through the VR headset.
- WE-Hope tells first-hand histories of migration and separation through visuals, sound and song. Digital visuals by Zach Walker combine with a choral composition by Juliet Russell to create a moving experience which honours these emotional memories. WE-Hope will include two exclusive performances from a local choir led by Juliet Russell.
Darren Henley, CEO at Arts Council England, said: “We know creativity has the power to connect people, and after what has been an extraordinarily challenging time for most, it’s great to see people being given the chance to come together, discover new things, and to explore the digital world through immersive street art, live streams and performances. We’re very proud to invest in Frequency Festival as it brings artists, creatives, and local people together in Lincoln to celebrate the very best emerging and developing digital culture.”
Frequency 2021 is also supported by the High Streets Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme in Lincoln, as part of a nationwide initiative by Historic England and the Department of Culture Media and Sport, designed to secure lasting improvements to our historic high streets for the communities who use them. The first of many events to come, Frequency will be animating the Cornhill area of Lincoln with interactive digital artworks and street performances including a brand new piece by artist and storyteller Thomas Buckley, placed outside the oldest church in Lincoln, St Mary le Wigford.
Frequency Festival was developed by leading creative and cultural agency Threshold Studios, in partnership with the University of Lincoln, as part of the Cultural Olympiad funding for the city of Lincoln. The inaugural Frequency Festival was a part of the Igniting Ambition Festival 2011. In the past decade, Frequency has hosted over 500 local, national and international artists in Lincoln, exhibiting their work to over 75,000 visitors. The festival has brought record numbers of visitors to Lincoln and contributed an estimated £1.9 million to the local economy since 2015.
To keep audiences safe this October, the team have put extra measures in place for staff, volunteers, artists, and audiences. One key difference is that this year’s festival is smaller in scale, takes place outdoors and online with more intimate interactions.
The artworks will be located throughout central Lincoln including St Marks Garden, Cornhill and Lower High Street from Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 October, 12pm-8pm.
To find out more visit www.frequency.org.uk