WHAT’S the frequency, Kenneth? With apologies to rock icons REM, it’s the hi-tech festival that boasts a giant robot snail, a mysterious monolith, and sound in 3D.
Frequency Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary, takes over the streets of Lincoln for four days, bringing weird and the wonderful tech to the historic English cathedral city.
From October 28 to 31, it blends art, heritage, media and culture to celebrate the theme of ‘Connection’ in ways you’re unlikely even to have dreamed of.
Frequency Festival turns the city into an open-air gallery, featuring works from established and emerging artists around Lincoln’s historic centre, and based around the Cornhill Quarter.
You’ll meet a 9m inflatable robot snail, explore AR technology showing pollution in real-time and hear 3D immersive sound from streets around the world.
Giant snail Luma will make you question all those sci-fi sensibilities. She’s an interactive inflatable robot who looms above visitors with a gentle presence, welcoming and otherworldly.
Soft and tactile, she’s made almost entirely from fabric, allowing her movement to capture the motions found in the animal kingdom. Made by Air Giants, Luma champions nature and technology.
Monolith is an audio online adventure developed with young people from across the UK, and uses 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. Close your eyes, use your imagination, and explore the wonders of the universe wherever you are.
Other highlights include 5000 Miles, an immersive audio experience delivering the evocative sounds of other cultures using spatial audio technology and ambisonic 3D recording.
Created by Ithaca Studios, and commissioned by Digital Democracies, 5000 miles will be premiering a new lightscape to complement the immersive audio installation at Frequency Festival.
Meanwhile, Digital Atmosphere uses cutting-edge technology to show us, quite literally, what we’re breathing. The sculpture’s Atmo Sensor picks up the invisible changes in air quality.
Data is then translated by the artists into an evocative audio-visual simulation, visible only through the VR headset.
Other attractions include WE-Hope, tells first-hand histories of migration and separation through visuals, sound and song, including performances from local Lincoln choirs.
HERstory is an audio storytelling experience that uncovers the stories of women usually hidden from history, and who here open up about living through the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the past decade, Frequency has hosted more than 500 local, national and international artists in Lincoln, exhibiting their work to over 75,000 visitors, bringing in record numbers of visitors.
To keep audiences safe, organisers have put extra Covid measures in place for staff, volunteers, artists, and audiences. The festival is smaller in scale, and takes place both outdoors and online, with more intimate interactions.
For more information, see frequency.org.uk