Frequency Festival Call Out for Artists: Futurology

FUTUROLOGY: Hybrid and digital works, experimental tech, public performative, interactive works and beta demonstrators


Frequency 2015 represents the third iteration of Lincoln’s Festival of Digital Culture. For ten days in October we take over the city, placing digital and hybrid art works in the city streets, venues, galleries and heritage spaces, including the Castle, the Cathedral, the Roman Postern Gate, and various churches and pop-ups across the cityscape.

Calling all Futurologists

Frequency Festival 2015 invites proposals for our Futurology Digital Fair (working title) – a series of booths and public disruptions across the city that will house hack labs and interesting and unusual demonstrators that illustrate artists’ and creative technologists’ current works in progress, their journeys of imagination, research and enquiry. We are also interested in works that may not be fully polished, that remain a bit rough and ready, that reveal their inner workings and celebrate their prototype beta testing phase as a badge of honour. Examples of technologies might include: haptic and brainwave technologies, Oculus Rift experiences, augmented reality actions, interactive art and design, the repurposing of technologies, 3D printing, and of course, ROBOTS.

We think we know what we want but please take this opportunity to surprise us; we are looking for works that will engage playful and inquisitive minds of any age. The experience should have a sense of play, a hybrid maybe of augmented human experience and the carnival sideshow.

Frequency 2015 Theme

Liberation is Frequency’s focus for 2015. This central theme has echoed throughout our conversations with curators and artists this year and a great deal of the works on display emerge from creative inquiries into three key aspects of the digital realm. The artists in this year’s programme, either overtly or covertly, playfully address these themes:

1. Direct Lives Never before have we been able to step so completely into the lives of others. We learn about each other via social media, the stories unfiltered by the established new media portals. If Knowledge is Power then this transference of knowledge represents democracy at work, shifting ownership and authorship from the few to the many.

2. The Enhanced Imagination Our imaginations have been turbo-charged by the powerful digital tools at our disposal. What was just a notion quickly becomes a digital simulacrum accurate enough for others to understand. The technology catches up fast. It took centuries for Da Vinci’s concepts of a parachute and a helicopter to become physically possible. We digital humans have seen more accelerated and profound change in a single generation.

3. The Liberation of the Digital Human Our minds and bodies, and the physical world are seamlessly integrating with the digital realm. We have transcended our physical limitations via the digital portal, enhancing the vocabulary of the body, extending our senses, our real-time social reach.  

Download the full brief for further details including timescales, process, format considerations and fees: http://bit.ly/FreqBrief1

If you would like to arrange an informal chat please contact: info@frequency.org.uk