LEVEL in Light

LEVEL in Light

Artist Charles Monkhouse has created a light installation for the Christmas Period at LEVEL. It is a simple but stunning sign for LEVEL comprising LEDs in a wooden structure which will be attached to the top of the centre....
Light Sculptures at LEVEL

Light Sculptures at LEVEL

LEVEL has just produced a series of related Light Sculptures providing interactive and engaging environments for participants on the Participate + Create Programme. These have been created in the large event space using suspended wire and EL Lighting together with floor projection and performances with wearable LED lights. The lights can be twisted, shaped and stretched across the space to create a variety of sculptural forms and potential performance spaces. The light sculptures also provide an fantastic subject for long exposure, performance photography and digital image, allowing participants to use digital cameras to draw with the light and project these images back into the environment.   Each sculpture has created a distinct environment and  performance atmosphere leading to a variety of titles and names for each one – for example: 12 Angels and Cascade.  Over the next three weeks, much more will be developed and we hope to have a full report on this project available soon. This is a Research + Development project for LEVEL.      ...
Dialogue with Angela Davies

Dialogue with Angela Davies

Angela Davis is installing LIGHT CHOREOGRAPHIES at LEVEL from July 10 – 14. During this period people of all ages and with varied disabilities will  experience and engage with this work that combines robotics with optics and interactivity. This forms a part of the Research & Development programme at LEVEL and is designed to provide opportunities to aid the further development of this work and explore its potential. As a part of this process David Ottley asked Angela to consider the following five questions. Light Choreographies is open to the public on Thursday 13 July, 6.30pm to 9.00pm. This free event provides the opportunity to meet the artist and experience first hand this intriguing new work. Question 1: Can you briefly describe how you intend to develop this work with the participants at Level? Primarily, I am interested in gathering feedback on whether the light installation evokes feelings of relaxation and wellbeing. This will be achieved by gathering biofeedback from participants at the centre, before and after their experience of Light Choreographies. I am also interested in further exploring the interaction between participant and the robotic light installation. To understand if the interface is intuitive and if the participant feels a correlation between their actions and the movements of the robot. Are there any specific challenges that you are expecting to encounter? The challenge will be to ensure that the communication between the sensors and the remote sensor communicate to the robot to enable a smooth and correlated interaction. Second to this, the challenge is to successfully capture and record biofeedback from participants before and after their experience. Question...
Light Choreographies

Light Choreographies

LIGHT CHOREOGRAPHIES Immersive Light Sculptures at LEVEL CENTRE, Rowsley Thursday 13 July 2017 6.30 – 9.00pm  Robots that map and choreograph patterns of human activity using light. LEVEL has invited artist Angela Davies to collaboratively develop her work ‘Light Choreographies’ with artists, local schools and participants at the Level Centre, Rowsley. The artist will be in resident from 10 July investigating new creative possibilities of interactive art. This will include an immersive exhibition exploring how dialogues between individuals and robots can develop and offer an insight into the relationship between contemporary art and personal wellbeing. The exhibition, split across two spaces, will also feature amplified ambient sound and specially developed audio. As part of the exhibition live research will be conducted as to the physical effects of the artwork upon the participants. On Thursday 13 July Level opens it’s doors from 6.30 – 9.00pm to the public to offer an opportunity for all to experience first hand these intriguing and contemporary immersive spaces. Throughout the event the artist, Angela Davies, will be available to discuss her work and the development of this innovative project. Light Choreographies (2017) Light Choreographies combines robotics with optics and interactivity. The optical phenomena known as caustic imaging harmonises with technological systems to form an immersive choreography of light.  The light-navigating robot rhythmically rotates, spiralling up towards the fragile glass ‘world’. The cyclical dance of light and projection is extended through the use of the remote sphere. A dialogue between human and robot is formed. The movement of the sensor communicates to the light and the robot maps and choreographs patterns of human activity, magnifying and...
Brocken Spectre by Charles Monkhouse

Brocken Spectre by Charles Monkhouse

Derbyshire Artist Charles Monkhouse has developed Brocken Spectre for installation at Rievaulx Abbey (North Yorkshire) in the Spring when it will be projected along the axis of the Abbey presbytery. Charles has been developing the project for a considerable time and recently used LEVEL to refine the installation process. Our centre is ideal for this project as its location (in a dip) offers shelter from the wind and our corridor provides enough space to site a powerful light source. A Brocken Spectre is the shadow of an observer surrounded by a spectacular, iridescent glory suggesting a halo, projected onto cloud or mist. Usually seen in mountains, sightings are rare even for regular walkers. For more information see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brocken_spectre For more info about the work of Charles see: http://www.charlesmonkhouse.co.uk/  ...