LEVEL 2014 – Chicago’s Second Annual, Free, Ten-Day, Art, Architecture and Technology Event

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LEVEL, held September 11 – 20, 2014, is a free, ten-day annual architecture and art event that showcases site specific and often experimental interactive installations that embrace Chicago’s rich cultural landscape.  During LEVEL, architects, designers and artists transform unique, hidden spaces within the Downtown Chicago Loop 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.

This 2014 event is proud to feature 11+ installations created by national, international, and local Chicago designers and artists including: Sabrina Barrios [Brazil/Brooklyn]; Paul Catanese [Chicago, IL]; Ioan Florea [Shelbyville, IL]; Matthew Hoffman [Chicago, IL]; Allison Kudla + William Irl Gibbs, IV [Seattle, WA]; Grégory Lasserre + Anaïs met den Ancxt (Scenocosme) [St.Etienne, France]; Benoît Maubrey [Baitz, Germany]; Laurence Roberts (Forge Collective) [Toronto, Canada]; Leo Salvaggio [Chicago, IL]; Spencer Topel + Shannon Werle [Hanover, NH]; Harry MX Wei + Jason Kelly Johnson [Princeton, NJ.]; and Wheeler Kearns Architects [Chicago, IL].  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.

LEVEL exhibition spaces include unseen, unused, or underutilized locales in Downtown Chicago.  Sites selected showcase rooftops, private courtyards and lobbies, empty buildings and storefronts, and other unique architectural places that are often inaccessible to the public.  These historic sites are easily walked by unnoticed, literally hidden from view, waiting to be exposed during LEVEL.  Uncovering these spaces via a self-guided walking discovery tour of Downtown Chicago, combined with site-specific contemporary architecture and art interventions, exemplifies the LEVEL experience.

LERATA is presenting the event in partnership with the contemporary art fair EXPO CHICAGO, AIA Chicago, Columbia College, the Chicago Loop Alliance, Choose Chicago, Friends of the Chicago River, Perkins+Will, SOM, 2 N. Riverside Plaza, and numerous private businesses, organizations, and individuals.

Participants for LEVEL 2014 were selected by a local Chicago Host Committee and Exhibition Director/Curator, Melissa Urcan via invitation and an RFP process.  The LEVEL 2014 Host Committee includes Brad Lynch, AIA, Partner – Brinistool+Lynch; Patricia Natke, Founding Partner, UrbanWorks; Obi Nwazota, Owner, Orangeskin; Sabrina Raaf, New Media Arts School of Art & Art History, UIC, Chicago; Marcin Szef, Designer, John Ronan Architects; and Ed Uhlir, FAIA, Executive Director, Millennium Park.

LEVEL 2014 Sponsorship Information Available Here.

LEVEL 2014 Press Release Available Here.  July 24 Participants Announced Press Release Available Here

Thursday, September 11 – VIP/Press Opening Open 7pm – 10pm

Friday, September 12 – Saturday, September 20 – Public Exhibition; Open 7pm – 11pm weekend nights and 7pm – 10pm Sun – Thurs.

Saturday, September 13 – Symposium 5pm – 7pm

(Additional lectures at partnering universities and institutions are in development and will be posted on the website as confirmed.)

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LEVEL 2014 Sponsorship Information Available Here.

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