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7th October 2011, 12:51pm
History meets the digital age as Frequency count-down begins
Roseline de Thelin light sculptures An organ recital like Lincoln Cathedral has never heard before will mark the start of Frequency 2011, Lincoln’s first ever Festival of Digital Culture, in two weeks' time.

Spire - Live in Lincoln Cathedral on Friday 21 October will set the tone for what promises to be an exciting programme of digital installations and live performances in unexpected spaces right across the historic city.

Award-winning digital composer Philip Jeck is just one of a number of internationally acclaimed artists taking part in the Festival and he will be joined for Spire by organist Charles Matthews, tenor John Beaumont and electronic artist BJ Nilsen. Their performance will explore the magical acoustic properties of the cathedral organ by contrasting it with the more contemporary soundscapes of electronica.

Also confirmed for the week-long extravaganza is The Icebook created by Davy and Kristin McGuire, which has been described by The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner as “a charming fragile show”. The Icebook is a pop-up book that comes to life in front of an audience's eyes as if by magic and tells the story of a princess who lures a boy into the forest in order to warm her heart of ice.

Composer, digital artist, educator and journalist Peter Kirn will also be performing a piece that has been specially commissioned for Frequency 2011 and is composed of samples recorded entirely in Lincolnshire.

Other confirmed pieces and artists in this family-friendly festival include a world-first from Metro-Boulout Dodo, Cypriot-Australian performance artist Stelarc, multidisciplinary British artist Luke Jerram, light sculptor Roseline de Thélin and new media and interaction researcher Alex Posada.

The inaugural Frequency Festival (21 - 29 October) aims to provide a foundation for a biennial event which will allow audiences to experience, explore and debate this new world of technology. Led by the University of Lincoln, the partnership involves The Collection, the Usher Gallery and Lincoln Drill Hall with Threshold Studios, an artists-led organisation, taking the role of festival directors. Most events are free.

Many academics and students from the University’s Art, Architecture and Design faculty and its Media, Humanities and Technology faculty are taking part as artists as well as being involved in the planning.

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Notes for Editors

Frequency 2011 is part of the Igniting Ambition Festival 2011, a Cultural Olympiad programme in the East Midlands which invests in projects and people that take the London 2012 Games as their inspiration to create once-in-a-lifetime cultural opportunities for audiences and communities.

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