Friday, 10 April 2015

Trajectory at LEVEL

Some of the video and audio used for the Trajectory Installation was incorporated into a four wall video projection at the LEVEL Centre in March 2015.  The commission was a part of my role as Artist in Residence at LEVEL and transformed the Centre into a relaxed gallery and club space making use of all of the building.

For the Gallery Space I created a four wall projection environment comprising slowly evolving images and sounds from space. These included sections of the Chorus I composition and data from orbiting satellites together with images of the Solar System structured using the notion of Earth being a 'Cradle of the Mind'

"The Earth is a cradle of the mind, but we cannot live forever in a cradle".
Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky, Father of Russian Astronautics, 1896

The event took place over one night and was attended by 100 people. The LEVEL Centre is the national centre for digital installation developed by, with and for People with a learning disability. It is a purpose built arts centre situated in rural Derbyshire.

Much of the Material used in the installation was developed during my role as Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Space Research Centre, University of Leicester. This was mixed with material created by people with a learning disability from a variety of places and centres across Britain, including members of Random Line Digital Media.

It was really good to be able see this material transform the gallery space and witness people engaging with the visual images and audio in a new way. Art can work in a variety of settings and we must continue to explore new ways of presenting it and hopefully discovering a new audience. This event brought the experience of contemporary gallery into a relaxed and social environment. The normal rules of engaging with art were suspended and people felt free to dance, reflect, write, talk, sing and react to the environment in ways I had not seen before. Great. 

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