Lincoln artist joins city digital festival

Lincoln-based photographer and video installation artist Michelle Walsh will exhibit her work alongside international artists at the city’s Frequency digital culture festival.

Her first piece, called The Empty Space (pictured above), will consist of intimate moving portraits composed and lit like classical paintings.

The project watches several subjects alone in a studio (video below), who bring their focus inwards via breathing and relaxation techniques, and then slowly turn and look into the camera for up to 8 minutes.

Described as “disarming” and “unsettling”, this work explores the human relationship to silence and simplicity while asking whether there really is anything enduring underneath, when the mask is stripped away.

In Walsh’s second piece, Out of Nowhere, Nothing Answered, the public is invited one by one into an immersive, interactive environment where their mind becomes the trigger for a camera and a unique self-portrait.

Michelle Walsh’s work will be on display between October 21-29 at the Gallery Space at the Art in Architecture and Design building at the University of Lincoln.

Festival Director Uzma Johal from Threshold Studios said: “Frequency 2011 is the beginning of a journey for Lincoln and we hope residents and creatives alike will get involved in the spirit of what the festival might become in future years.

“As well as performances in traditional arts venues such as the Lincoln Drill Hall and the Usher Gallery there’ll also be installations in unexpected places such as a supermarket or a park bench.”

For more artists at Frequency Lincoln 2011, see the festival website.