Art, play, action and wonder - on the streets and on digital devices. As part of Frequency Festival of Digital Culture (Lincoln 2015), Furtherfield presents People’s Magna Carta, a contemporary remixing of the Magna Carta for the network age.
The Magna Carta remains a symbol of liberty, addressing questions of censorship, ownership, security, equality before the law, the right to jury trial, habeas corpus, and regular elections. Its significance is as relevant as ever when we consider the upheavals of our times.
However, the original charter addressed the relationships and rights of a powerful few.
Together, residents and visitors to Lincoln will update it and create a new, relevant and accessible version that asserts and celebrates new liberties for everyone.
Everybody can get involved with 4 days of seriously fun events - street games; live collaborative writing and drawing events; and walks - that engage the historical and social contexts of the Magna Carta, in Lincoln in physical spaces and via their devices. Through public participation, People’s Magna Carta will express new communally identified freedoms in many digital forms that will live online and on our devices long after the event.
FESTIVAL TRAIL PROGRAMME
- A Collider Conversation - Cybersalon Debate on Digital Bill of Rights – 23 OCT 2015
- Exhibition – 23 OCT - 01 NOV 2015
- People's Magna Carta street events – weekends of 24-25 OCT & 31 OCT-01 NOV 2015
SEE IMAGES OF THE PROJECT
Friday 23 October 2015, 7.30-9pm
Cargill Lecture Theatre Minerva Building, University of Lincoln (Brayford Campus), LN6 7TS Lincoln
Threshold Studios presents, in collaboration with Furtherfield:
A Collider Conversation – Cybersalon Debate on Digital Bill of Rights
The world has just got a lot more complex, automation is eating the jobs and the future of humans and their rights have never been more uncertain. Join this debate on the digital future and have your say on what a Magna Carta for the digital age might involve. Discuss our contemporary rights and liberties, and the ways technology has influenced how we view our own freedoms.
With Dr Richard Barbrook (Westminster University, Centre for the Study of Democracy) on recent calls for a Digital Bill of Rights. Joined by Professor Raul Espejo, a Chilean participant of the first cybernetic revolution from 1972 and co-author of Cybersyn and Eva Pascoe, co-founder of the first Internet Café Cyberia (1994), and a digital rights activist from Cybersalon. This accessible debate will demystify the issues surrounding the politics of freedom and the Internet and set the scene for the festival.
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23 October - 01 November 2015, 10-5pm
Chad Varah House, Wordsworth Street, Lincoln, LN1 3BS
Alongside the live events, a pop-up exhibition expands on the themes of the Magna Carta in the digital age by presenting work that investigates societal contexts around surveillance, big data, local freedoms, democracy, Peer 2 Peer culture, D.I.Y and D.I.W.O (Do It With Others), digital and physical. The exhibition features critically engaged artists currently working internationally, making art that reaches beyond established artistic practices.
A Charge for Privacy by Branger_Briz
Jennifer Lyn Morone™ Inc by Jennifer Lyn Morone
Facial Weaponization Communiqué: Fag Face by Zach Blas
The Snowden Bust by Andrew Tilder and Jeff Greenspan
People’s Magna Carta street events
Manifesto! – 24-25 October, 10.30-5pm, High Street (Shopping Centre Main Entrance)
A fast, funny game, led by Matheson Marcault, that explores some of the tensions inherent in the democratic process. It asks you to think about personal beliefs and compromise, using flags, boards and shouting. Work against the other team to get your manifesto out first but beware - it’s going to be recorded forever, so it’d better be something you can all stand behind!
Challenging a Brick - Performance by Stephen Sheehan – both festival weekends
Reprising a 3 minute action of screaming at a brick created an aural interruption of Market Street, Liverpool 2012 - to be performed live once by the artist and then repeated by local theatre students in various locations along the festival trail.
Everywhere a Sign - a Guided Walk by Tim Waterman – 24 Oct 3pm and 25 oct 11am
Meeting point: Speakers' Corner (High Street and Cornhill)
The walk looks at how the urban landscape has evolved to provide cues to human behaviour to improve (or curtail) our freedoms in the city and to facilitate (or hinder) the construction of civil society and the public realm. In the spirit of Magna Carta, this walk through Lincoln's streets will explore how our freedoms - and the right to the city and the right to landscape - are mutually assured by trespass, dissent, resistance... and manners.
The Magna Carta Talkeoke – 31 October - 01 November, 11-5pm
Sat 31 Oct at Cornhill and Sun 01 Nov tbc
Talkaoke is a spontaneous, pop-up talk-show set around the unique ‘Talkaoke Table’. It is the ideal format for engaging people in an interactive participant-led discussion on contemporary questions of liberty.
Play Your Place - Play People’s Magna Carta of Lincoln – 31 October - 01 November, 11-4pm
2 day public event to draw, make and play future liberties in Lincoln. People of all ages bring their experience, aspirations and expertise to public game-jam events through two imaginative world-forming activities: drawing and play. The result is hundreds of drawings and a new platform game level of People’s Magna Carta. http://ruthcatlow.net/?works=play-your-place
The Rewriting of the Magna Carta – both festival weekends
A participatory work for the people Lincoln, utilising a combination of popular formats, collaborative writing tools (eg piratepad, and/or social media). 8-10 volunteer "scribes" will be present throughout the street interventions over the two weekends. They will observe and document any Magna Carta related utterances, actions, and exchanges, for relay to the web via twitter, facebook etc using the #peoplesmagnacarta hashtag.... so creating a new People's Magna Carta on the digital layer.