SKYLINE 2014 – Los Angeles’ Annual, Free, Ten-Day, Architecture, Art, and Technology Event

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SKYLINE_2013-10-20_progressSKYLINE is a free, ten-day, annual architecture and art event that showcases site specific, experimental, interactive installations that embrace Los Angeles’ ever-evolving cultural landscape.  During SKYLINE, architects, designers and artists transform unique, hidden spaces within downtown Los Angeles into destination places for visitors and locals alike.

SKYLINE 2014, is proud to feature ten installations created by local Los Angeles designers and artists with international collaborators including: amphibianArc; Juan Azulay + Benjamin Rice (MTTR MGMT); Natasha Bajc + Samy Kamkar; Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre; Behnaz Farahi; Raymond Salvatore Harmon + Heavy; Guvenc Ozel (Ozel Office); Joanna Shaw + Helen Cheuk + Christian Prasch; John Umbanhowar + Elizabeth Umbanhowar (hughesumbanhowar Architects); Filipa Valente and more.  Participant and site installation information available here.

SKYLINE aims to engage and educate the viewer through interventions specifically designed for individual sites.  This results in an experience that draws attention to the architectural past, while providing a fresh, contemporary perspective.

The unique sites within the Historic, Broadway, and Fashion Districts of Downtown Los Angeles will be activated with an eclectic variety of site responsive installations.  Music performances will also be held most nights during SKYLINE, as a unique collaborative component between musician/DJ, architect/artist, and installation site. Site locations include building penthouses, historic bank and hotel lobbies, converted office floors, manufacturing lofts and more; all within a walk-able 10X10 block grid.  Directions and map located here.

Uncovering these spaces via a self-guided walking discovery tour of Downtown Los Angeles, combined with site-specific contemporary architecture and art interventions, exemplifies the SKYLINE experience.

LERATA is presenting the event in partnership with the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, Gilmore Associates, Gensler, SOM, Metro, Azure, Bustler, AIA Los Angeles, HOK, Kimball Office, Knoll, LA Fashion District, Historic Downtown District, Downtown Center Business Improvement District, City of Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar’s Office, and numerous private businesses, organizations, and individuals.

SKYLINE is recommended for viewing over the course of a few evenings, and to be experienced on foot or by Metro as a self-guided walking tour.  Guided tours will be available for a fee most weekend nights, and provide unique ‘behind-the-scenes’ content provided by SKYLINE director, Melissa Urcan, and participating architects and artists.

FOR ALL SKYLINE EVENT INFORMATION INCLUDING PARTICIPANTS+TOURS+MAP+MUSIC- PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK:
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Sponsorship Information Available Here.

SKYLINE 2014 Host Committee:

Greg Lynn – Greg Lynn Form
Eric Owen Moss – Eric Owen Moss Architects
Francois Perrin – air architecture
Rob Ray – Rob Ray
Marcelo Spina & Georgina Hjulich – P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S
Peter Zellner – ZELLNERPLUS

DATES/TIMES:

Wednesday, February 12 – VIP/Press Opening Open 7pm – 10pm (More information and tickets purchase here.)

Thursday, February 13 – Saturday, February 22 – Public Exhibition Open 6pm – 10pm nightly.

Thursday, February 13 – SKYLINE After-Party Event – 8pm – 2am. (More information and tickets purchase here.)

Friday and Saturday, February 14 and 15 – Guided Tours presented by Gensler. (More information and tickets purchase here.)

Saturday, February 22 – SKYLINE Closing Party.

Please click here for current event schedule.

* Nightly local select musicians and DJs will alternate site specific performances within the installations; times/locations will be posted as confirmed.

LOCATION(S):  The 2014 SKYLINE event will include 10 unique architecture sites filled with contemporary art and architecture installations created by local and internationally recognized artists, architects, and designers.  Site locations include private penthouses, empty floors, historical landmarks, and bank and hotel lobbies in Downtown Los Angeles.  Many downtown districts will be highlighted including the Historic District, Fashion District, and Broadway District.  Directions and map located here.

COST: Free and open to the public.

Sponsorship Information Available Here.

For more information, please write info@lerata.org.

For press inquiries, please write press@lerata.org.

SKYLINE Press Release – January 17, 2014

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LEVEL 2013 – Chicago’s Annual, Free, Five-Day, Architecture, Visual Arts and Entertainment Event

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Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed our 2013 Level preview!  The event was a great success, and everyone at LERATA is excited and preparing for the full 2016  Level presentation.  For images and videos, please visit us on Facebook Be sure to ‘like’ our Facebook page as we continue to expand this and other events, you will be ensured to receive our updates.

The RFP for 2016 will be available by late Spring 2016.

Level 2016 will be held September 15 – 24, 2016.  Sign up on our mailing list by writing info@lerata.org to stay posted on all 2016 Level news and events. Information below is for Level 2013.

Level is a free, five-day, annual architecture and art event that showcases site specific, experimental, interactive installations that embrace Chicago’s rich cultural landscape.  During Level 2013, architects, designers and artists will transform four unique spaces along the Chicago River into destination places for visitors and locals alike.  Level is being held during EXPO CHICAGO contemporary art fair as a complementary design and new media experience.  The exhibition dates are September 18-22, 2013, 6pm – 10pm nightly.  See below for map of locations, musical performances and more.

The 2013 Level presentation will be a preview consisting of five installations in four locations all located along the Chicago River, as we prepare for the full ten-day exhibition of 16 installations located in the Chicago Loop in 2014.  This 2013 preview is proud to feature installations created by locally residing or working Chicago designers and artists including: Daniel Miller (Site A), Julio Obelleiro + Play the Magic, Sabrina Raaf, and Daniel Sauter + Ketai.

There is also live music at the sites on Friday and Saturday by local artists Atmospheric Audio Chair and Ken Camden – details below.

Level aims to engage and educate the viewer through interventions specifically designed for individual sites.  This results in an experience that draws attention to the architectural past, while providing a fresh, contemporary perspective.

Sponsorship Information is Available Here.

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Are you interested in being a VOLUNTEER?  Please email volunteer@lerata.org for more information.  You can also visit Volunteer Match for volunteer information.

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Wednesday, September 18 – Sunday, September 22 – Public Exhibition Open 6pm – 10pm nightly.

Friday, September 20 – ATMOSPHERIC AUDIO CHAIR DJ Collective Set – 6pm – 10 pm – at MICHIGAN AVENUE Site 4/5.

Saturday, September 21 – KEN CAMDEN (kranky6pm – 10pm at STATE/DEARBORN RIVERWALK Site 3Live Performances at 7-7:45 and 8:30-9:15

LOCATION(S):  The 2013 Level event will include four unique architecture sites filled with five contemporary art and architecture installations created by local and internationally recognized artists, architects, and designers.  The 2013 presentation is sited all along the Chicago riverfront.  Locations start adjacent to the Bridge House Museum at Michigan Avenue Chicago Riverwalk, continue along the Chicago Riverwalk between State and Clark, and end at 2 N. Riverside Plaza.  Click on the map image to enlarge/print.

ARTISTS/DESIGNERS:   Daniel Miller (Site A), Julio Obelleiro + Play the MagicSabrina Raaf, and Daniel Sauter + Ketai.

COST:  Both the Exhibition and Performances are FREE and Open to the General Public.

Level exhibition spaces for the preview and full 2014 installment will include unseen, unused, or underutilized locales in downtown Chicago.  Sites selected for the next two years showcase unique riverfront spaces, rooftops, private courtyards and lobbies, empty buildings and storefronts, and other out-of-the-ordinary architectural places that are often inaccessible to the public.  These rich, historic sites are easily walked by unnoticed, literally hidden from view, waiting to be exposed during Level.  Uncovering these hidden spaces via a self-guided walking discovery tour of the downtown Chicago Loop, combined with site-specific contemporary architecture interventions, exemplifies the Level experience.

As a nighttime event, Level entices crowds to the Chicago Riverwalk and Loop where transformation is most needed.  This event also incorporates Chicago nighttime sounds as select musicians and DJs will alternate site specific performances within the installations.  These nightly sets provide another level of entertainment and further opportunity for audience engagement, helping to draw new and diverse crowds to the installation sites.

Level aims to educate the public about wonderful Chicago architectural sites previously unseen, while providing a cutting-edge contemporary architecture and art experience.

The RFP for the 2014 Level presentation will be online early 2014.

For media inquiries, please write to press@lerata.org.

2013 Level Press Release Download Here
Participants Press Release Download Here

LERATA would like to thank EXPO CHICAGO, AIA Chicago, SOM, Dance All Night, Inc!, UrbanWorks, Brinistool+Lynch, Chicago Loop Alliance, Friends of the Chicago River, Choose Chicago, and numerous industry partners and individuals that have made this free, public event possible.

 

LEVEL 2013 – Julio Obelleiro + Wildbytes – Building Music

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Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed our 2013 Level preview!  The event was a great success, and everyone at LERATA is excited and preparing for the full 2014  Level presentation.

For all event images and videos, please visit us on Facebook Be sure to ‘like’ our Facebook page as we continue to expand this and other events, you will be ensured to receive our updates.

The RFP for 2014 will be available by early Spring 2014.

Julio Obelleiro + Wildbytes
Building Music

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Building Music is a site sensitive interactive installation that explores the musicality of different architectural features. By moving the light of a flashlight along the facade of the building the viewers create musical compositions while lighting the different architectural details. Every detail hides a sound and a color that are activated by the viewers from the distance.

The project enables the augmentation of public facades to transform them into interactive spaces creating a dialog between the audience and the architecture around them.

A Project by Wildbytes. Made by Julio Obelleiro, Alberto García, Jorge Cano and Pedro Enriquez.

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LEVEL 2013 – Daniel Sauter + Ketai LLC

Sauter SkipThank you to all who came out and enjoyed our 2013 Level preview!  The event was a great success, and everyone at LERATA is excited and preparing for the full 2014  Level presentation.

For all event images and videos, please visit us on Facebook.  Be sure to ‘like’ our Facebook page as we continue to expand this and other events, you will be ensured to receive our updates.

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Skip Message

Skip message is site-specific project developed for Level 13 and the Chicago Riverwalk, the future site for recreational activities connecting the lakefront with the heart of downtown. The popular pastime of skipping stones serves as the metaphor for this interactive piece, using the dark river surface as a projection canvas.

Passers-by engage with the work through their mobile phones via http://ket.ai/skip. A personal message is attached before skipping a virtual stone across the river surface, gesturing the phone accordingly. If the message reaches the other side, it is displayed at this highly frequented public place.

A discursive, location-based work that ties personal presence to an uncensored pubic media outlet, the project investigates freedom of speech and crowd psychology within a ‘post-anonymous’ microblogging context.

Special thanks to Paulo Guerra and j. duran.

About Daniel Sauter:

Daniel Sauter is an artist who creates interactive installations and site-specific interventions dealing with the cultural and social implications of emerging technologies. His research is driven by a curiosity about the ways in which technologies shape and transform civil liberties, urban spaces, social relationships, and the human body. His works have been shown internationally, including the Ars Electronica Festival 04+09, Linz, Austria; ACM SIGGRAPH 06, Boston, MA; ACM SIGGRAPH 10, Los Angeles, CA; the 3rd Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition, Beijing; the 8th Japan Media Arts Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo; the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan; the Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, 35th International Film Festival, Rotterdam; the Microwave International Media Art Festival, Hong Kong; the Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea; Luminale, Biennial for Light Culture, Frankfurt; the the MIXED MEDIA festival, Milan; the Beyond Media Festival 05, Florence; the Nano exhibition at LACMALab, Los Angeles; the telic gallery, Los Angeles; and the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena.

Sauter received an MFA from the University of California Los Angeles, Design/Media Arts, in 2004, and a Diploma from the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (Germany), in 2002. He is an Associate Professor of New Media Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art and Art History. He is the founder of the Mobile Processing Conference, and the author of Rapid Android Development: Build Rich, Sensor-Based Applications with Processing (Pragmatic Programmers, 2013).

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LEVEL 2013 – Daniel Miller – Contained

Miller_Contained_ImageThank you to all who came out and enjoyed our 2013 Level preview!  The event was a great success, and everyone at LERATA is excited and preparing for the full 2014  Level presentation.

For all event images and videos, please visit us on Facebook Be sure to ‘like’ our Facebook page as we continue to expand this and other events, you will be ensured to receive our updates.

The RFP for 2014 will be available by early Spring 2014.

Daniel Miller
Contained

Contained has at its center an acrylic dome with a scale model of Chicago inside. Every 40 minutes a sun and moon complete a full rotation around this mechanical microcosm. Underneath the city electronic and mechanical elements control lighting effects within the model. During the night cycle the city is lit with fiber optic and LED light. Within the dome “smog” created by ultrasonic humidifiers emits from the highway and the nearby coal fired power station. In this dome I am exploring the closed system that we live in called earth.

Viewers can access the dome in 2 ways. First, viewer can see the exterior of the dome object; this will look very much like some kind of orbiting satellite. Second viewers will access the work from a closecircuit camera setup on the exterior of the dome. This camera connects to a monitor located some distance away from the dome.

I want the viewer to question place, by juxtaposition of these 2 vantage points within the project. The 3 dimensional map in Contained was created using images from Google earth. These three-dimensional landscapes have a cycling time composition that approximates and condenses our daily time cycle. This work looks at issues of connectivity in world, exploring social issues behind the infrastructure we have created.

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LEVEL 2013 – Sabrina Raaf – Meandering River

sabrina 7Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed our 2013 Level preview!  The event was a great success, and everyone at LERATA is excited and preparing for the full 2014  Level presentation.

For all event images and videos, please visit us on Facebook Be sure to ‘like’ our Facebook page as we continue to expand this and other events, you will be ensured to receive our updates.

The RFP for 2014 will be available by early Spring 2014.

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The Meandering River is an artwork inspired by an article entitled “River Meandering as a Self-Organization Process,” written by Hans-Henrik Stølum (1996). In it, Stølum laid out the mathematical equations that enable scientists today to predict – or to reconstruct – a river’s ‘morphology’. This morphology includes a detailed description of a river’s sinuous shape (including its meanders, bends, and reaches), as well as an indication of how its path evolves over time.

For this installation of Meandering River, the self-organizing mathematics of rivers was used to generate visual snapshots of the evolution of a river path and watersheds through time. These snapshots were then etched onto rolls of thermal screen material. This special material is designed  to function as a thermal curtain for insulating a space from extreme heat or cold. The material is environmentally stable, lightweight, portable, flexible, durable, and 100% recyclable. When hung vertically, the material of Meandering River cascades down, creating a waterfall effect. The perforated areas where the river pattern is cut into the screen provide footholds for climbing vines and a form within which a vertical garden maybe cultivated.

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About Sabrina Raaf:

Sabrina Raaf is a new media artist and designer of responsive environments, bots, and social spaces. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at the ZERO1 Biennial (2011, San Jose), Brandts Art Center (Denmark), Transitio_MX (Mexico City), Sala Parpalló (Spain), MejanLabs (Stockholm), Lawimore Projects (Seattle), the Edith-Russ-Site for Media Art (Germany), Stefan Stux Gallery (NYC), Ars Electronica (Linz), Museum Tinguely(Basel), Espace Landowski (Paris), Kunsthaus Graz (Austria), and ISEA 2004 (Helsinki). She was the recipient of a Creative Capital Grant in Emerging Fields (2002) and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (2005 &2001). Reviews of her work have appeared in Art in America, Contemporary, Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Leonardo, The Washington Post, and New Art Examiner. She received an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and is currently an Associate Professor of New Media Art in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

LEVEL 2013 – Daniel Miller – Site A

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Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed our 2013 Level preview!  The event was a great success, and everyone at LERATA is excited and preparing for the full 2014  Level presentation.

For all event images and videos, please visit us on Facebook Be sure to ‘like’ our Facebook page as we continue to expand this and other events, you will be ensured to receive our updates.

The RFP for 2014 will be available by early Spring 2014.

Daniel Miller
Site A

In Site A I am investigating place and memory through robotic video projection. In a peaceful site located in the forest preserve of Cook

County, Illinois, USA there is a stone at the end of a path. The stone explains: “THE WORLD’S FIRST NUCLEAR REACTOR, WAS REBUILT AT THIS SITE IN 1943 AFTER INITIAL OPERATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO”. The sign goes on to explain that 2 reactors are now buried at this location.

From numerous hikes out to the location a computer program was created to choreograph the movements of a video camera mounted on a motorized tripod. Re-contextualized in the exhibition space, the video is projected using the same mechanism following exactly the same choreographed path in the original filming. The moving projection will reach all the surfaces of the room. The audio recording of this event contains the natural sounds of the site. The viewer is not aware of the history of this site until the final images are projected on the lower wall showing the engraved stone. Here the land, which we now use for recreation and preservation, covers a nuclear reactor burial site.

This artwork captures a 3 dimensional space in real time by using video and robotics. The mapped location can then be transferred and replayed through an installation space. I am interested in creating interventions where technology can transplant environmental scenes from a remote context to the local urban space. This spatial transformation is created when the video image is projected sequentially onto the surfaces of the interior architectural space. I am in interested in how this work can access memory and raise awareness of the local space. I see this as a metaphor of the current situation in our world; where we are forced to live with our past.

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Florian Tuercke (urban audio) + Rene Rissland (eyland 07) – DesCours 2011 – outside > in

This installation, presented for the 2011 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

The interactive installation outside>in transcends public space to an audiovisual abstraction.  The basic idea is a sensory transformation of urban space on a sonic as well as visual level.  The outside world will be filtered, reflected, mirrored, and rearranged to the theater.  Inside and outside space are brought together and combined to a temporary new space condition that merges two realities to a subtle correlation.

Mary Hale – DesCours 2009 – Itinerant Home

This installation, presented for the 2009 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

Four years ago, Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in a deadly pass.  Four years later, her destruction endures, but not for a lack of effort on the part of local and national groups, led by citizens and celebrities alike.  In response, Itinerant Home provides a focal point to discuss these possibilities.  The project takes the form of a wearable, inflatable house that shelters multiple wearers as they work together to navigate through the historic neighborhoods and water bodies of New Orleans.

Allison Kudla – DesCours 2007

This installation, presented for the 2007 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

The algorithmically generated patterns drawn by this system leverage mathematical representations of both urban growth and cellular growth, thereby connecting the concept of city with the concept of organism.  This project makes concrete the idea of dynamic and fluid computer space altering the expression and formation of a living and growing biological material, via its collaboration with an engineering mechanism.

Hideyuki Ando + Tetsutoshi Tabata + Junji Watanabe – DesCours 2009 – Saccade-based Display

This installation, presented for the 2009 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

In daily life humans move their eyes naturally and unconsciously to get visual information, though the eye movements are hardly noticed.  The Saccade-based Display uses the eye movements to present visual images.  When light sources (LEDs) are fixed on a vertical line, and the flashing patterns is changed quickly during a horizontal saccade eye movement, a two-dimensional image can be perceived due to the afterimage expanded on the retina.  The Saccade-based Display shows two-dimensional visual images of a ghostly nature in midair, without any projection screen, only by using a single line of light source.

Nano – DesCours 2007 – Bubbles

This installation, presented for the 2007 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

For those passing by and not noticing the work, they are not part of it.  For those who take a moment to notice it, and face it, they will find new ideas in their heads.  Or, more specifically, *over* their heads, and over other people’s heads, in cartoon thought bubbles.  Children too.  And animals.  As to what is *in* that thought bubble… one must visit to find out!  Experiments in social telepathy.