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Taylor Nuttall
Taylor Nuttall, Chief Executive, folly

Lancaster's digital arts festival

The historical city of Lancaster will be embracing 21st century technology with a three week digital festival called f.city, from 29 September - 21 October. Taylor Nuttall, Chief Executive of the arts organisation folly told us more about the event.

Q: First of all, to the uninitiated, what's folly all about?
A: folly is an arts organisation specialising in digital culture, developing and delivering content online and through workshops, events, exhibitions, research and consultancy work. folly works with artists and other specialists in the creative use of technology, showcasing excellence in web-based work, still and moving digital image, sound, animation and a range of new and emerging media such as podcasting, GPS, RFID, moblogging and lots more.

Q: Does the introduction of a digital dimension give you more options as an artist to create something different?
A: folly is interested to work with artists that explore how society makes sense of the world through art and technology. The digital dimension offers artists the opportunity to work with new tools and materials offering new possibilities for artists to create work and audiences to experience art. Digital art offers everyone the opportunity to produce their own work rather than purely consuming artists work, this is the powerful democratising process of digital art. For example folly encourage self publication, broadcast and expression that leads to an equal conversation between artist and audience.

Q: Lancaster is proud of its heritage, how does new technology sit alongside the older cultural parts of the city?
A: Technology has formed much of the Lancaster's recent heritage. Through the Storey Institute the Storey family brought together science, education and culture in order to strengthen the economic offer of Lancaster and to make it a more interesting place to live and work. folly hopes to bring these ideals into the 21st Century, new technology inevitably is at the centre of this and this has been the motivation for staging f.city.

Q: How have you chosen what to feature in the festival?
A: folly has worked with a number of partners in order to try to bring the very best technology-driven creative practice to Lancaster. Working in collaboration with the city’s vibrant arts sector the f.city festival programme spans the genres of media arts, music, video, performance and participation. folly have chosen to work with international, national and regional artists who use technology creatively to develop new and imaginative ideas.

Ashton Memorial, Lancaster by Chris Saunders
Ashton Memorial, Lancaster

Q: If you're new to the digital world, will you still be able to enjoy what's on offer?
A:  Yes, everything is free, so you can try things out, interact, engage and enjoy. The work in the festival is so incredibly varied. You'll be able to see a beacon on the Ashton Memorial that flashes out your SMS messages in Morse code, a live music night and a 3D film evening. At the exhibition, Perimeters, Boundaries and Borders at CityLab in Dalton Square, there'll be work that blurs the conventional boundaries of sculpture, industrial design and architecture, it features incredible work in plaster, beautiful furniture created with revolutionary manufacturing techniques as well as computer based work.

Q: What are you most looking forward to experiencing during the event?
A: On Saturday October 21, the last day of f.city, Ludus Dance are working with folly to create a new dance piece for the finale of f.city. Everyone can participate! Using text messaging and video podcasts you can learn simple dance steps and receive tuition and instructions from the web before the big day, then everyone will descend on Dalton Square at 4pm to take part in a major interactive dance performance.  It's going to be quite a sight, and it's a really innovative idea too.

last updated: 12/09/06
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