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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, Chris Doyle, 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
Ralph Crispino Jr
Marie Csete & John Doyle
Cordelia Donnelly
​Francie Rehwald
​Joann Schwentker
Andrea Testa-Vought​

Fire at the Wing House; image: George Bennett

Digital Nature

an evening of techno-botanical art in the garden

October 21 & 22nd from 6pm to 9 pm at the

Los Angles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Two exciting events in October 2016

trailers_anemone; John Carpenter 2013

Fire and the Wing House  George Bennett 

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

Destructive, seductive, explosive, beautiful fire may be the single most important discovery in our history. A natural occurrence in the chaparral landscape of Southern CA fire is no longer a way to manipulate the landscape but 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. Join a group of fascinating speakers to explore our profound relationship with this primeval force. Artists, scientists and thinkers will present talks on ancient pyrotechnology, fire based ecologies, Burning Man, the Alberta Tar Sands and fireworks. 
Friday evening from 7:30 to 8:30:
John Doyle, Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems at Caltech. His talk Fire and Life, will highlight Southern California's particularly complex relationship with fire.
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.​​​
Saturday from 9 to 4:
Thomas Fenn, Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Ancient Pyro-technology. Tom is an archaeologist who specializes in examining early technologies. His research combines chemistry, geology, archeology, cultural anthropology and history. He will talk to us about the history of man’s discovery and use of fire.
George Bennett, photographer, will talk about fire at the Wing House in Malibu
Erica Newman, fire ecologist will talk about biodiversity in chaparral and what to expect with fire and climate change
William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment  at the Nevada Museum of Art, will talk about fire as an outdoor spectacle and as art in the environment.
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