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LEV 2015

30th april – 2nd may 2015

Quayola and Yuri Suzuki close the programming of the Visual Electronics Laboratory

The Visual Electronics Laboratory completes the programming of its ninth edition and announces its schedules and final line-up, with the incorporation of the installations by Quayola and the Japanese Yuri Suzuki in addition to the lighting sets by PlayMid and Pelayo Rodríguez.

LEVIt also reveals new locations such as the Pradera de la Aliseda in the Atlantic Botanical Garden or Punta Liquerique in the Gijón Marina. Finally, it announces its incorporation into two international networks (ICAS and ENCAC).

LEV,an initiative co-produced by the Government of the Principality of Asturias, the Gijón City Council, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial and the Datatrón collective, will once again show some of the most risky and interesting international sound and visual creation.

LATEST ADDITIONS

QUAYOLA · STRATA#4

Strata #4is an immersive video installation curated by the Palais de Beaux Arts in Lille. The object of this work is a series of iconic pieces from the Flemish collection, housed in the museum and specialized in religious paintings by Rubens and Van Dyck. Strata #4 is the result of a process of research into these paintings themselves, revealing what lies behind their figurative appearance and delving into the qualities of composition, color mixtures and proportion of each piece. The work is the result of a meticulous process focused on creating new contemporary images based on the universal laws of beauty and perfection. Documenting the unlikely collisions between the concepts of classical figuration and contemporary abstraction, Strata #4 creates a harmonious dialogue between two worlds seemingly very distant from each other, but that have much in common.

Quayolais a visual artist based in London. His work investigates the dialogues and collisions, tensions and balances between the real and the artificial, the figurative and the abstract, the old and the new. His work explores photography, geometry, audiovisual performance and immersive installations.

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Quayola Photo: Courtesy of the artist

YURI SUZUKI · SOUND OF THE WAVES

To close Focus Japan, the cycle dedicated to Japanese artists, the Sound Laboratory, the LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial space dedicated to sound experimentation, collaborates again with the LEV 2015 program by hosting the result of an artistic residency by the Japanese artist Yuri Suzuki, the installation Sound of the waves, in which he recreates the patterns of sea waves, taking data from certain beaches around the world and reproducing them acoustically through traditional African instruments.

Yuri Suzukiis a sound artist, designer and producer of electronic music whose work explores the territory of sound. His work revolves around the relationship between sound and the way music and sound affect the human mind. Suzuki has exhibited his sound art pieces and installations all over the world.


Yuri Suzuki Photo: Courtesy of the artist

NEW LOCATION IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN

La Pradera de la Aliseda is the new location within the Botanical Garden that will host the daytime programming of the new edition of the LEV

After passing through the old site from other years, in the Boreal lagoon area, a wooden walkway invites us to visit one of the best preserved Alisedas in the north of the peninsula.

In it, the Red Bull Music Academy will present live performances by Yosi Horikawa and Daisuke Tanabe, who will share the stage with local artists Skygaze and Memorabilia, to make us enjoy their sound proposals in an environment of sublime nature, with extended hours until 5 p.m.

This more spacious location seeks to accommodate the attending public more comfortably and will also have good bar service and street food stalls where you can taste delicious appetizers.

(In case the weather conditions are adverse, the activities will be moved to another area of ​​the Botanical Garden called Rionda)


The Aliseda Prairie

“AXIAL” IN THE GIJÓN MARINA

As the opening activity of the new edition of the LEV, the PlayMid collective, regular collaborators of the festival, will present their Axial project at the Gijón Marina, during April 30 and May 1 at 9:30 p.m. to 00:30 a.m. A free activity for all audiences in a very special environment such as the Punta Liquerique of the Gijón Pier.

Axialis an immersive audiovisual environment developed for public space. A corridor of light that introduces the audience to a powerful synesthetic experience, creating light architectures that will immerse us, between sound geometries, in a light dance.


Axial Photo: Playmodes

LIGHTING ARCHITECTURES

PlayMidThey also participate in LEV 2015, sharing a lighting scenography designed by Pelayo Rodríguez especially for the stage of the Nave de Laboral Centro de Arte and which will support some of the musical proposals. Dynamic architectures of light reactive to sound impulses that will transport the audience to an abstract universe of light, drawing and form.

And closing the section on collaborations between sound and visual artists, the LEV announces the collaboration between the visual artist Alba G. Corral accompanying the multi-faceted Kidsuke live at the LABoral Nave.


PlayMid Photo: Playmodes

INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS

ICAS· International Cities of Advanced Sound

We have the privilege of announcing the incorporation of the LEV Festival to the ICAS: International Cities of Advanced Sound network, of which it will be part along with festivals such as Unsound (Krakow), CTM (Berlin), Mutek (Ca), TodaysArt (The Hague) or Némo (Paris), reaching a total of 32 partners spread around the world.

ICASis a global network of independent organizations focused on the dissemination of advanced sound culture and audiovisual arts, creating bridges between artists, producers, critics and audiences in order to constructively contribute to the development of independent and more experimental sound creation.


ICAS

ENCAC· New international network of audiovisual creation.

LABoral, the Art Centerand Industrial Creation of Gijón will lead the formation of a European Network of Contemporary Audiovisual Creation (ENCAC) with support and financing from the European Union, accompanied by the LEV Festival as a strategic collaborator.

A project in which nine other artistic entities from around the world participate: Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria; hTh – Montpellier CDN, France; Le Lieue Unique, France; Resonate, Serbia; and DISK, Germany, joined by four non-European collaborators: Mapping Festival, Switzerland; Avatar, Quebec, Canada; Elektra, Montreal, Canada; and Mutek, Mexico.

The Network is presented as a transnational tool for research, production, education and dissemination of new audiovisual practices, sound creation and digital culture, and will be launched on the occasion of the celebration of the 9th edition of the LEV festival.


Lobby of LABoral Art Center Photo: LABoral

SCHEDULES, LINEUP andLOCATIONS

Check the LEV website for schedules and distribution by space so you don’t miss any of our activities!

TICKETS, TICKET OFFICES and BUSES.

The Festival box office is located at the Teatro de la Laboral.

The opening hours of the ticket offices are Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd from 5:30 p.m.

If you have made the purchase online or by telephone, remember to bring your printed ticket (the pdf that you have received in your email address)

Doors opening Friday 1: 7:00 p.m.

Doors opening Saturday 2: 8:00 p.m.

The bus schedules at the end of the Festival are:

Friday: 4:35 a.m. and Saturday: 5:15 a.m.

LEV Festival 2015
VisualIX Electronics Laboratory Gijón International Festival of Audiovisual Creation

Cabaret Voltaire Av Live (Mute, Uk)Ben Frost AURORA w/ MFO (Bedroom Community, Aus/De)
Legowelt (Clone, LIES, Creme Organization, Nl)
Blanck Mass (Sacred Bones, Uk)Nicolas Bernier: frequencies [light quanta] (Ca)
Senking (raster-noton, De)
Yosi Horikawa (Fisrt Word Records, Jp)Bochum Welt (BMG/Rephlex, It)
Quayola (It)Gazelle Twin (Anti-Ghost Moon Ray, Uk)
Akkord (Houndstooth, Uk)Architectural (Architectural Recs, Es)
Kidsuke (Project Mooncircle, Uk/Jp)
Jacaszek (Ghostly International, Pl)Daisuke Tanabe (Ki Records, Cat Eat Mosquito, Jp)
Transforma & Yro: BSynthome (Avoka, De/Fr )
PlayMid: Axial (Es)Alba G. Corral (Es)Paul Prudence: Cyclotone II (Uk)Yuri Suzuki (Jp)
Skygaze (Love Our Records, Es)Memorabilia (Holistic, Es)

http://www.levfestival.com

Project co-produced by:

Ayuntamiento Gijón nuevo
Gobierno del Principado
LABoral grande 2 líneas
datatron