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Frequency: Festival of Digital Culture Returns to Lincoln

THIS YEAR Frequency festival focuses the theme of disPLACEment. Over ten days, the city of Lincoln’s medieval streets will host a number of art installations and events, which will blend a virtual, distended reality.

freq1WHIST by AΦE. Photograph: Paul Plews

Now in its fourth year, Frequency, presented by Midlands-based media arts producer, Threshold Studios culminates the work of local, national and international artists. The work will be inspired by the digital conversion of community, identity and a sense of place, alongside important global issues such as migration, inequality and class divides.

“We are delighted to be returning to Lincoln for Frequency 2017, an access-for-all festival that celebrates and debates the ever-growing realm of digital culture, ”explained Uzma Johal MBE, co-director of the festival and Threshold Studios.

freq2DUET, Invisible Flock (UK) and Quicksand (India), Leeds, April 2017

Planned enterprises featured in the event will include DUET, a lighting installation from the collaboration of UK based, Invisible Flock and India based Quicksand. Accompanying, is a physical theatre and virtually, augmented reality hybrid piece titled WHIST by AΦE, a dance company based in Kent, UK, inspired by Sigmund Freud and a VR film Empire Soldiers detailing the unknown story of WW1 Caribbean soldiers, from Leicester-based theatre company, METRO-BOULOT-DODO.

by Pierra George-Robertson

Frequency Festival will show from October 20–29

Frequency Festival is presented by Threshold Studios and brought to the city through partnership with the University of Lincoln, Lincoln BIG, Visit Lincoln and Lincolnshire One Venue, funded by The National Lottery

Learn more about Frequency Festival

Front Page Image: WHIST by AΦE, Scenes, Golden Room.

Bluebird at Chelsea Celebrates King’s Road Heritage

THIS spring, luxury Chelsea multi-brand store The Shop at Bluebird, renowned for its carefully selected assortment of designer goods, will transform itself into a counter-cultural tribute.

bluebird-shopThe Shop at Bluebird

At the end of this month, Bluebird will be paying homage to King’s Road golden era of 1960s and ’70s when the area was the main draw for all fashion, music and art conscious Londoners. The store will be evoking that unabashedly extravagant atmosphere of quirky boutiques and a rock haven sentiment through their collaborations with various designers selected especially for the occasion.

racil_top-2-1 A Racil top

Entitled March to The Beat, this music-themed takeover of the store fits perfectly with current fashion trends. And Bluebird’s shop-floor selection reflects this eccentric aesthetics fashioned on the most iconic performers of the past decades with androgynous statement pieces and band t-shirts.

Soul Sergeant Valentine Hat

Enhancing this theme will be a unique installation from London-based brand Soul Sergeant which has become a favourite among festival goers thanks to their marching band hats, embellished baseball caps and heavily adorned jackets. Adding to this will be the remarkable temporary shop from the legendary shoe designer Terry de Havilland who will return to King’s Road to premiere a collection of striking platform heels in his signature style.

Terry de Havilland Summer Shard Shoe

Fashion companies Rixo and Racil will also be prominently displayed with installations featuring their newest collections inspired by the artistic movements of the seventies and the likes of Mick Jagger and David Bowie. Alongside these, jeans company MiH will be featured with 20 customised denim shirts which they have created exclusively for the event. Scarf-makers Rockins will be also bringing their famous taxi to complete the look of the display.

Alistair James top

As a final touch, The Shop at Bluebird asked a group of British designers to each design an exclusive band t-shirt inspired by and celebrating the mod and countercultural movements. Alistair James, Isa Arfen, Racil, Rixo, Rockins and Zoe Jordan have all created unique pieces, sales of which will support their chosen charity.

by Magda McCrimmon

The March to The Beat installation at The Shop at Bluebird opens on March 30 and will remain a feature for five weeks.

The Shop at Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, London, SW3 5UU
Tel: 0207 351 3873

Cathy Wilkes Wins the Maria Lassnig Prize For 2017

THE Maria Lassnig Foundation in Vienna announces the Scottish artist, Cathy Wilkes as the first winner of the Maria Lassnig Prize for 2017. The inaugural award is named after Maria Lassnig, the Austrian portrait painter renowned for her pioneering theory on body awareness. As Lassnig received recognition only later in life, the Foundation’s inaugural art prize is awarded specifically for the achievements of mid-career artists.

Maria Lassnig Prize, art, Cathy Wilkes, winnerMaria Lassnig, Der Tod und das Madchen Der letzte Tango, 1999, Courtesy of Maria Lassnig Foundation

Cathy Wilkes is an installation artist and painter whose subject matter concerns everyday life and human experience such as motherhood, gender roles and sexuality. These assemblages recall the imagined lives of people connected with the Possil Pottery, a nineteenth century Glaswegian company that produced stoneware goods such as bottles for Tennents brewers. Poised between their time-worn household relics, the artists’ scantily clad folk cower under their tattered rags. Like treasured samplers, Wilkes’s evocative scenarios expose her frayed emotions woven falteringly within another time.

Maria Lassnig Prize, art, Cathy Wilkes, winnerCathy Wilkes, Installation view, LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz, 2015, Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photograph: Reinhard Haider

Wilkes represented her country at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008. Since presenting at a survey exhibition at the Tate Liverpool in 2015, Wilkes has exhibited at several solo shows in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Munich. Peter Eleey, MoMA PS1 chief curator explains, “Wilkes’ art enacts an exercise in empathy, exposing deeply felt subjective experiences to reach beyond herself while also insisting upon the fundamentally private nature of art making.”

Maria Lassnig Prize, art, Cathy Wilkes, winnerCathy Wilkes, Installation view, LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz, 2015.Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photograph: Reinhard Haider

As winner of the Maria Lassnig Prize, she receives 50,000 euros and the opportunity to mount a solo exhibition at the prestigious contemporary art institution, MoMA PS1 in New York. Members of this year’s inaugural Maria Lassnig Prize selection committee included Peter Eleey, MoMA PS1 Chief Curator and Peter Pakesch, Chairman of the Foundation. Other members included the curators Matthias Mühling and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Gallery, Laura Hoptman, Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art and Sheikha Hoor Al-Quasimi, President of the Sharjah Art Foundation and New York-based artist, Zoe Leonard.

by Miranda Charalambous

Front Page image: Maria Lassnig, June 1983, Photograph Courtesy of Kurt-Michael Westermann, Maria Lassnig Foundation

David Longshaw and Feathers Fashion collaborate for LFW AW16

Feathers Fashion, the legendary London boutique championing emerging designers, have teamed up with womenswear designer and illustrator David Longshaw for a unique London Fashion Week event.


feathers x David Longshaw_edited-1[1]David Longshaw at Feathers boutique, Knightsbridge, London


David Longshaw will be creating a bespoke window installation for the store featuring his unique print and Fashion B and her sidekick Little Pap – star characters from his latest illustration book. The graphics will be adorning the windows throughout London Fashion Week when Longshaw will be drawing live and the public will be welcomed in to watch him in action. The customers will be also able to shop the limited edition pieces Longshaw created for the boutique as well as other the rest of designer’s SS16 collection.

Additional exclusive features include a Feathers x David Longshaw banner and Fashion B pictured wearing a dress Longshaw designed specifically for Feathers Fashion. Longshaw comments on the collaboration: “I’m excited to be working with Feathers on this fun collaboration. Feathers is such an icon of independent London fashion, its modern but can draw on its four decades of history and has such a great location in the heart of Knightsbridge.”

by Magda Pirowska

Feathers, 42 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 0LZ, UK
Tel: 020 7589 5802


V&A Museum Presents Engineering Season – Robots Build a Pavilion

V&A presents Engineering Season – the first of its kind celebrating and exploring the engineering efforts that influence our everyday lives. The programme consists of displays, events and interactive installations – and visitors can watch a Kuka robot build new cells of the pavilion as it happens in real time – and will underline the importance of technological advances and its designers who are a major force, working behind the scenes on creating the environment that surrounds us all.

pavilionElytra Filament Pavilion, render, V&A John Madejski Garden 2016;
© ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart; Image courtesy of V&A

The installation created by Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer  – the Elytra Filament Pavilion – will be the opening the showcase. A canopy located in V&A’s John Madejski Garden will be a live structure that considers the influence of new robotic technologies on architectural design, engineering and making.

The nature-inspired construction is made up of tightly-woven carbon fibre cells created using a novel robotic production process. Additionally, the fibres will carry real-time sensors capturing data from its surroundings and adapting the construction accordingly – by adding new fibre cells – live and acting as an environmental filter.

penguin poolPenguin Pool, London Zoo;  London, 1934; © ZSL; Image courtesy of V&A

Another highlight of the show will be a retrospective of the work of Ove Arup: Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design, which will shine a new light on the most influential engineer of the 20th century. Ove was a prolific creator who applied his training and interest in philosophy to natural flair for combining different disciplines in a pursue of his grand idea of a Total Design.

The work of the British-Danish engineer Arup defined his era and those to come and the showcase will present that influence through previously unseen prototypes, models, archival materials, drawings, film and photography, as well as a host of new immersive digital displays featuring animations, simulations and virtual reality.

The visitors will be immersed in his design and engineering legacy transpiring through Ove’s awe-inspiring writings and projects including Penguin Pool at London Zoo, Sydney Opera House, Centre Pompidou in Paris and other significant buildings, such as Crossrail, across the world.

syndey operaSydney Opera House © David Messent; Image courtesy of V&A

Additionally, a display entitled Mind over Matter will feature leading innovative engineering projects from around the world by British engineering firms such as AKT II, Atelier One, Buro Happold, Expedition Engineering and Jane Wernick Associates. Other activities in the V&A Engineering Season will include an Exhibition Road Engineering Residency supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, a themed Friday Late, a series of lectures, talks and gallery tours, as well as a Symposium about biomimicry, design and engineering with a keynote lecture by Achim Menges.

by Magda Pirowska

The exhibition Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design runs from  June 18 –  November 6, 2016. Tickets will go on sale in April 2016. Admission £7 (concessions available). V&A Members go free. Advance booking is advised – this can be done in person, online; or by calling 0800 912 6961 (booking fee applies).
This exhibition is made possible with the cooperation of Arup.
The Elytra Filament Pavilion will be on display in the John Madejski Garden from May 18  – November 6, 2016. Admission is free.