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. LOL-1-Final-pdf-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....

D-LAB meets Purple Peach Club Night 3 …

… almost. Join us at LEVEL today from 4pm for the D-LAB Artist Networking Session, which features the completed digital art work of LEVEL artist in residence Will Hurt.  Will, along with BBC Radio Derby, will also be joining us for the Purple Peach Club Night from 6.30pm when Clubbers and their carers will have the opportunity of trialling Will’s ‘Digital Playground’....

LEVEL battens down the hatches in preparation for Purple Peach Club Night 3

This unique club-style night for people with learning disabilities, their carers and friends returns to LEVEL in all of its digital glory! Journey through weird and wonderful visual worlds, strange sounds and chilled out beats in a fun, creative and relaxed atmosphere. Expect the unexpected. Tuesday 10 November 2015, 6.30pm-10pm. Entry £5 (free to carers) – pay on the door but pre-booking essential....

New SPIRAL performances announced for November

SPIRAL, the LEVEL resident performance company, are soon to embark on their short tour as part of the Derbyshire-wide All Dance platform. SPIRAL members will take ‘Imprints’ to Cliff College, Calver on Tuesday 24 November from 1-1.35pm, giving new audiences a chance to see this piece of physical theatre performed to an industrial and highly energetic sound track. The choreography uses strong, controlled and dynamic movement to create a highly visual and sculpturally angular performance within an improvised structure – the movement, sound and costume fusing together to present a fully integrated piece of live art. Second up is ‘Pulse’, due to be performed at Friesland School, Sandiacre on Wednesday 25 November from 1-1.35pm. The performance was created as part of the ‘Derwent Pulse’ event, a large scale environmental light installation created by Charles Monkhouse and comprising illuminated spheres flowing the length of the River Derwent. SPIRAL’s performance uses the original spheres programmed to pulse with red light every second, marking the flow of time. Performers transport the spheres as if they were moving independently through water, creating patterns of light and movement resonating with the ancient pulse of the river. The sound created for ‘Pulse’ also explores the River Derwent and its heritage, comprising audio recordings of the river, its industrial heritage, its wildlife, people and contemporary human environments over the past 20 years, presenting an intense and sometimes disturbing audio narrative.  ...

Upcoming Auditions for SPIRAL!

Do you or does anyone you know want to be a part of a performance company for adults with learning disabilities who create and perform exciting artistic work? SPIRAL is a high quality company in demand to create performances regionally, nationally and internationally. Members need to: be serious about wanting to be a performer enjoy being creative have the confidence and commitment to perform in public. If this is YOU or SOMEONE YOU KNOW, then auditions for SPIRAL are being held on Thursday 5 November 2015, 10am-4pm at the LEVEL Centre. Call us on 01629 734848 to book your audition spot or to find out more....

Insight – training sessions for staff and carers supporting people at LEVEL

Thursday 19 November, Thursday 26 November and Thursday 3 December 2015, 10.30am-1pm What are the barriers to arts participation for individuals with learning disabilities? How can you support people most effectively to create quality engagement? This training is offered to ALL staff and carers supporting people in the creative activities at LEVEL. Entry free but owing to limited capacity places should be reserved in advance....