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/  ...
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...