A short video of a recent LVL_UP! session at the Mini Maker Fair in South Bend, IN (April 2018).
For this iteration of LVL_UP!, I sat at a table and made papercraft gems with participants (foreground). A video projection/projection screen plays a looping 8-bit video. When a participant made a gem, they stepped on a “level up” area and triggered a LVL_UP! 8-bit noise.
(not pictured) Live music by Eli Kahn can accompany LVL_UP! as a part of the installation; a small set up adjacent to the table area.
LVL_UP! doesn’t need the installation furniture pictured, and has been adapted to the needs of other types of public spaces, such as street performance, gallery/museum openings, classrooms, and conference spaces.
Papercraft gems are screenprinted on heavy stock paper (by French Paper, Niles, MI). In this iteration, I used electrical for hot glue gun and electronic components (sound/video). In other iterations I’ve used no electrical for the project (battery operated sound players; white glue/glue sticks).
Digital print on wood, 24” x 30” (2018).
Screenprint on paper, each gem approximately 7” in diameter (2018).
I will wear a LVLUP! uniform appropriate and unique for each venue. For this performance—a Mini Maker Faire, Indiana—I made a custom apron and wore the Maker Faire shirt. For future iterations of LVLUP!, Krista Hoefle + Eli Kahn will wear work coveralls with a LVL_UP! logo.
A floor quilt covers the area of LVLUP! Underneath the 8-bit tile area—the special “LVLUP! area”—is a step pad that is triggered when walked/jumped on. Participants triggered a special LVLUP! video after they complete their papercraft gem.
In this iteration of LVLUP!, a small portable projection screen was used. In other iterations, LVL_UP! videos have been projected on gallery/museum walls.
LVL_UP! is a performance that’s been done for adults and children in a variety of contexts.
The looping video that’s played/projected during a LVL_UP! session.