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...
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...

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....

‘From Memory’ – An Exhibition by Tony Sutton

Peak Dale artist Tony Sutton’s images display a true and exact sense of place, of structure, of clear lines only aberrated by the artist’s sweeping wish list. Symbols reminiscent of musical notations intervene and overlay the un-beautiful manmade structures over landscapes mixing rural village and town. His images are maps of places real and imagined. How places should look. How they look to him. The artist himself says he draws spiders, trees, people and anything in nature. Beloved buildings are a feature of his carefully mapped vistas, his choices broadly and tidily sweeping up the likes of Alton Towers and the Buxton Dome. This is the artist’s first major exhibition and we welcome him to the LEVEL Centre. From Memory forms part of a series of exhibitions at LEVEL celebrating the extraordinary work of learning disabled artists. Opening Event: 3 November 2015, 5.30-7pm An opportunity to meet the artist, experience a digital version of the exhibition and find out more about the LEVEL Centre and its installation, exhibition and performance programme....