Opening Event for Archipelago Installation

Opening Event for Archipelago Installation

Friday 17 February 2017 at LEVEL a public event featuring the work of Polish Artists Grzegorz Rogala and Joanne Krzyszton. Information Gallery I I am – Joanna Krzyszton, (2012) In October 2012 we were invited to Etival, France to participate in celebration of the famous journey of F. Picabia, G. Apollinaire, M. Duchamp. They were driving from Paris to French Jura to join Picabia’s wife at her family holiday house. For this international event I created (with great help of my husband Greg Rogala) the interactive installation inspired by Apollinaire’s poem (Joanna Krzyszton) Je sui la vie (I am life) is controlled by the movement of people and changing levels of light in a room. The image starts to aberrate, changing constantly in a fluid motion. Using the movement of the body (or a hand etc.) people control the speed of change and interfere with the image creating of colorful, abstract images. A painting that is never still and stops only where there is no life. Gallery II (showing 2 installations – at separate times) Installation I: Palimpsest (2016) A palimpsest is a manuscript page, either from a scroll or a book, from which the text has been scraped or washed off so that the page can be reused for another document. To create this installation, Joanna photographed images from the television screen. These are revealed and manipulated by people interacting with the installation. What results is a dangerous, violent, disaster-ridden world of mass media, real and fictional. With sweeping movements of the hand, people change the image and re-shape it according to what they want to appear –...
Friday 17th February 6.30-9.00pm – Archipelago at LEVEL

Friday 17th February 6.30-9.00pm – Archipelago at LEVEL

A FREE event at LEVEL providing the opportunity to meet Polish Artists Grzegorz Rogala and Joanna Krzyszton and experience 4 amazing interactive installations. The installations include Archipelago (image above), a 3D work inviting the performer to use body movements to conjure islands from the sea, and La Route Jura Paris, which allows the player to develop a musical line and images which travel in a continuous line around the space. This amazing work is now providing inspiration for groups and individuals over a two week programme of workshops, events and  public performances. The work invites audiences to investigate the universal language of form and sound within immersive and interactive environments. Grzegorz Rogala is an experimental film maker. His main interest is in computer art and 3D animation for interactive installations. Joanna Krzyszton is a painter. She creates both immersive abstract paintings and paintings derived from photography. Both artists are involved in education, in cultivating new generations of artists and experimenters. Since 2011 the two artists started to collaborate in the field of interactive installations. These installations have been created for galleries and arts festivals across Poland and in other European countries (Holland, Germany, Croatia, France, Ukraine.)  ...
LEVEL OUT LOUD Issue #2

LEVEL OUT LOUD Issue #2

                                A mere glance through the second issue of the LEVEL newspaper is enough to see that the focus editorially is on Advocacy. It wasn’t a plan. It’s simply that the people we approached for comment, people with any vocational knowledge or personal interest in the sector, are on the march.  ...

Purple Peach Club Night Returns!

          A unique club-style night for people with learning disabilities, their carers and friends. Journey through unusual visual worlds, strange sounds and chilled out beats in a fun, creative and relaxed atmosphere. Expect the unexpected. At the LEVEL Centre, Friday 17 June 2016, 18:30-22:00.  Entry £5 – pay on door but pre-booking essential....
Pioneering Digital R&D arrives with the ‘Furniture Music’ Opening Event

Pioneering Digital R&D arrives with the ‘Furniture Music’ Opening Event

Things continue to get ever more experimental at the LEVEL Centre with the continuation of a 3-year digital Research & Development programme designed to augment and extend the existing digital projects created for people with learning disabilities. First up this month on Friday 29 April from 7.30pm at the LEVEL Centre is the ‘Furniture Music’ opening event showcasing an installation created by Dr Toby Heys, Digital Technologies Research Fellow at MIRIAD, Manchester School of Art. In line with LEVEL’s increasing focus on R&D, the installation uses sound as a sense and explores our reactions to sound at the very edge of, and just beyond, our perception. HUGE speakers have been built by TRACTION Sound in Brighton, which are housed in purpose built chairs and objects, each making sounds at the edge of the limits of human hearing. Being a research project, and given the project will be overlaid and coloured in to become a typically LEVEL Special Project experience, what happens with Furniture Music is difficult to predict precisely, but visitors should expect that the use of low frequency and very high frequency sound may make them feel uncomfortable and slightly stressed, which will be an important part of the experience. Next up later in the Spring is a project currently in development at LEVEL, ‘Touch:See:Hear’, created by Dr Lewis Sykes, Research PhD at MIRIAD.                     Supported by an AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellowship, this 13-week, full-time project aims to prototype a bespoke, interactive environment for users of the LEVEL Centre with learning disabilities. More than just an immersive multi-sensory experience,...

Touch: See: Hear project at Seeing Sound conference

Dr Lewis Sykes is presenting a paper on he Touch: See: Hear project currently underway at LEVEL at the SEEING SOUND conference at Bath Spa University on the 9th of April. The conference runs for two days and includes installations, performances (including a performance by Lewis) and papers. Dr Lewis Sykes (Manchester Metropolitan University) – Touch: See: Hear Supported by an AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellowship, this 13-week, full-time project (February- April 2016) aims to prototype a bespoke, interactive environment for users of the LEVEL Centre – a multimedia arts space in Rowsley, Derbyshire, UK. More than just an immersive multi-sensory experience, this is a distinct art work with a purpose – a tool for individual and group audiovisual composition. While LEVEL has a wealth of experience and expertise in ‘guided’ creative activities they also have a remit to develop ‘autonomous’ multimedia and creative technologies. Accordingly, they’ve recently initiated the ‘Inter-ACT + Re-ACT’ programme – simple, interactive installations (a current example is a digital ‘hall of mirrors’) that engage people through their journey around the building. No instructions are given and staff just observe the level of reaction and engagement to try and work out who does what and why. Touch:See:Hear responds to key questions raised through this emerging programming – “How might learning disabled adults engage with playful multi-media and multi-sensory environments embedded into the fabric of the building?” and “What unique benefits might this type of activity realise?” This paper outlines development of the project to date, highlighting: research and theory that informed its conception; issues of interaction and usability; its emerging aesthetics; and key stages within an iterative...

Launch of new LEVEL newspaper celebrating ‘difference’

It’s a curious thing that in an environment where communication – particularly written – remains a never-to-be-resolved challenge, we are so excited to be launching a newspaper. Yet to celebrate the art created in a world of ‘difference’, in words as well as visually, and to engage in the current debates resonating throughout that global community means a contributory voice is important – we think critical. We hope the voice of the LEVEL Out Loud team and its wide ranging contributors will swell that of our learning disabled audiences, artists, carers and friends, and that between us we make a much louder, more vibrant and powerful noise. Grab a friend, bag a sofa and chant along to LEVEL Out Loud Issue #1.   Download  ...

Off with the old (year) and on with the new – future term dates at LEVEL

LEVEL projects and events for this year come to a dramatic close on Friday 18 December.  The Centre will re-open for its creative business on Friday 8 January 2016. The Spring sessions and events run in 2 x 5-week blocks from Friday 8 January to Friday 18 March 2016, with no sessions in the week commencing Monday 15 February 2016 when we will break for half term. Compliments of the season to everyone who has been part of the LEVEL family this year and to those we have yet to adopt....

D-LAB Artists’ Networking Session at LEVEL dynamically done and dusted

The D-LAB Artists’ Networking Session hosted by LEVEL yesterday afternoon was a dazzling addition to the creative to-ings and fro-ings in the building, as an array of D-LAB artists chicaned through the Purple Peach Club Night preparations, the arrival of BBC Radio Derby to interview participants and the continuing exhibition of Tony Sutton’s ‘From Memory’.   Says David Gilbert, D-LAB Curator/Producer, “Thanks to everyone who came along to our Artists’ Networking Session to share their work and ideas, and to Will Hurt for his fantastic interactive co-commissioned by D-LAB and LEVEL.” Next up for D-LAB is Debbie Cooper’s commission opening at Buxton Museum as part of the touring ‘Past Lives Project’ – http://bit.ly/1MK8Ird this Friday and Noriko Okaku’s ‘Derbyshire Tarot’ co-commission with https://www.facebook.com/derbyquad/ and https://www.facebook.com/AnimateProjects/ as part of the Animate OPEN at QUAD from 28 November, alongside animations made by Heritage High School as part of the D-LAB Education Programme....