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 trailers_anemone; John Carpenter 2013

​​Digital Nature
An evening of techno-botanical art in the garden

Natural Discourse and the Los Angeles County Arboretum present a spectacular evening of animation, light and sound in the garden. A group of acclaimed contemporary artists have been invited to project their work onto the rich canvas of the botanical garden. With themes as diverse as invasive exotics, natural pigments, plant tropism and an ancient Chinese poem, these digital and video works explore the intersection of horticulture and technology. Sited within the Arboretum’s collections to illuminate hidden meanings, the art will create surprise and delight in one of LA’s most treasured public gardens.

Please join us for a few magical hours to hear music, have a glass and a bite and enjoy this rare opportunity to experience the garden in a unique and extraordinary way.

Artists:Jeff Cain, John Carpenter, Kevin Cooley, Courtney Egan, Sandra Osborne, Sasha Petrenko, David Sullivan, Gail Wight, Jenny Yurshansky and Rebecca Ruige Xu.


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Digital Nature is curated by Shirley Alexandra Watts

We thank our generous sponsors:
Pasadena Art Alliance  
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Marie Csete & John Doyle
Cordelia Donelly
​Francie Rehwald
Andrea Testa-Vought​

Fire at the Wing House; image: George Bennett

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Natural Discourse: Fire!
Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1, 2016

Announcing two exciting events in October 2016

Destructive, seductive, explosive, beautiful, sublime force of nature, the discovery of fire may be the single most important moment in our history. Current theory proposes that cooking our food is the technological innovation that allowed us to support big brains. Over millennia, we have learned to use fire in sophisticated ways from metallurgy, the making of ceramics, glass, to the use of fossil fuels.

​Fire is a natural occurrence in the chaparral of Southern CA and has gone from a way to manipulate the landscape to a feared destroyer of real estate. Contemporary fire ecologists are working to change the narrative of destruction and help us understand the ecological importance of letting things burn.

And finally, fireworks! 

Speakers include:
Friday evening:
John Doyle, Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems at Caltech
Mia Feuer, artist, Assistant Professor of Sculpture at CA College of the Arts, will talk about her work at the tar sands in Alberta, CA.​​​
Thomas Fenn, Director of the Yale Center for Ancient Pyro-technology
George Bennett, photographer, will talk about fire at the Wing House in Malibu
Erica Newman, fire ecologist will talk about fire and the chaparral
William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment  at the Nevada Museum of Art, will talk about Burning Man and the Yosemite Fire Fall
Sara Hiner, musician and Eric Elias, pyro-technician, will talk about their collaboration on the fireworks at Hollywood Bowl
Mark Briggs, river ecologist with the World Wildlife Fund’s Rio Grande/Bravo Programs will talk about controlled burns on the US/Mexican border

Natural Discourse: Digital Nature

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

October 21 & 22nd, 2016