Frequency takes digital art and technology festival to streets of historic Lincoln

| 23 October 2013

Launched with a multi-channel soundwork in the gothic setting of the resident medieval cathedral, Lincoln’s Digital Culture Festival has benefitted from the enviable line-up of historic backdrops to choose from across the city.

A photo of two people silhouetted in front of a giant installation of a mock-up moon
Lightweight, by Impossible Project, is part of Lincoln's current Frequency festival© Kippa Mathews
That installation – a meeting between cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir and sound recordist extraordinaire Chris Watson – was called The Cave of Song. And a Roman gatehouse (the scene of a “choreographed time” installation by Trope), a Drill Hall (where LA-based choreography trio WIFE premiered a new projection-mapping dance) and the age-old pavements of the streets (where ghosts were powered by Google Street Maps) are all acting as ancient architectural canvasses.

The theme of the festival is Revolution, responded to at the National Centre for Craft and Design with Revolution in the Bedroom, War in the Playground, an outbreak of retro computer game designing.

Those other renowned live gamers, Blast Theory, have made an audio-promenade experience, although Stanza’s Timescapes – a collage of CCTV footage captured in real-time by cameras overlooking historically revolutionary local sites – is an eerie accompaniment to the fun.

Elsewhere, accompanying work by hugely talented local artists, there’s a new video work by Anglo-Spanish group Me and The Machine, an immersive installation about New York avant-garde artist Tony Conrad and, in Chris Riley’s Apollo Raw and Uncut, the first complete screening of the entire 13-hour Apollo mission film archive, as collected by NASA.

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More pictures:

A photo of people standing on a cobbled street wearing black jumpers with numbers on
Binary Graffiti Club by Stanza© Frequency Festival Lincoln
A photo of a man whose face is lit up by a light blue light inside a darkened room
Bret Battey - Colonial Colonies© Frequency Festival Lincoln
A photo of a male performer arching and shouting against a neon green screen and stage
Jean Abreu - Blood© Frequency Festival Lincoln
A photo of a building lit up by numerous bright colours projected onto its facade
Juneau Projects - Chapel of the Infocalypse© Frequency Festival Lincoln
A photo of people walking around an urban building with an animation projected on it
Urban Projections© Frequency Festival Lincoln
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