Institute of the Arts and Sciences of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Arts Division/UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Forest (for a thousand years…)
April 7–June 30, 2018

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with the UC Santa Cruz's Arboretum and Botanic Garden and the San José Museum of Art, is pleased to present FOREST (for a thousand years...), the beguiling and uncanny audio installation by renowned Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, April 7– June 30, 2018. FOREST (for a thousand years...) can be experienced in the redwood grove of UC Santa Cruz's Arboretum and Botanic Garden. This is the West Coast debut of the 28-minute sound installation, originally commissioned for dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany.

To experience the piece, follow a path through a densely forested redwood grove. Branches crunch under your feet until you reach a small clearing populated by tree stumps. As you sit down, the sounds of rustling trees, crackling branches, and bird calls subtly intensify. An airplane passes overhead. Someone laughs. It is nearly impossible to determine which sounds are coming from a recording and which sounds are live. When machine guns begin to fire and an explosion detonates, the eeriness of the experience becomes laced with quickly amplifying uneasiness. An indeterminate history merges with the present, filled with both horrors and the sublime, and becomes an audible presence in the shadowy forest.

Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UC Santa Cruz and the Arboretum and Botanic Garden
UCSC Arboretum
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Arboretum hours: daily 9am–5pm
Admission: $5 Adults; $2 children 6–17; free under 6