A forest grows in downtown Los Angeles. Opening right now with a restricted run by way of summer time 2022, A Forest for the Trees is an immersive artwork present created and directed by visionary artist Glenn Kaino, along with The Atlantic and Superblue, that’s designed to encourage audiences to reimagine their relationship with the pure world.
A Forest for the Trees is open to all ages, and tickets are on sale now. Press ought to inquire about alternatives to tour the present. Installation images and present notes are additionally now accessible upon request. The present is joined by a culinary expertise from celebrated native chef Minh Phan of porridge + puffs and PHENAKITE, and a store conceived and curated in collaboration with ThunderVoice Eagle’s Thunder Voice Hat Co., whose work explores circumstances of reminiscence and the sacred, carrying on the lineage of sustainable, hand-crafted Native style by way of distinctive collaborations between Native cultures.
A Forest for the Trees is not like something that has come earlier than it, taking guests on a journey by way of a surreal forest of magic, music, and marvel—with animatronic performing bushes, charming illusions of fireplace that guests can management with their palms, and multi-sensory storytelling, all hidden inside a 28,000-square-foot house in downtown Los Angeles. The expertise is steeped in histories impressed by the folks closest to the forests and close by neighborhoods: from an immersive interactive fireplace phantasm referencing the managed burns which are central to Native forest stewardship, to the symbolic resurrection of an iconic 144-year-old tree.
A Forest for the Trees is created and directed by internationally famend, Los Angeles–primarily based artist Glenn Kaino, working alongside Grammy-winning producer/musician David Sitek as a part of the duo’s new band undertaking, HIGH SEAS. The present is impressed by The Atlantic’s editorial sequence “Who Owns America’s Wilderness?,” which launched in 2021 with the duvet story “Return the National Parks to the Tribes” written by David Treuer and edited by Ross Andersen, and by The Atlantic’s 165 years of writing by among the most influential voices on America’s pure areas. That custom started with the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson, a co-founder of the journal, and continued by way of the tip of the nineteenth century, when John Muir made his case for the nationwide parks in The Atlantic.
Over the previous 12 months, Kaino has been working alongside an interdisciplinary collective of artists, musicians, tribal leaders, and environmentalists to deliver A Forest for the Trees to life. Kaino and his workforce additionally draw from greater than a decade of deep analysis into the sector of magic, together with the manufacturing of the hit off-broadway present and movie In & Of Itself. Vance Garrett (Sleep No More, Museum of Ice Cream) serves as government producer, bringing his deep background in immersive theater to the present, which is organized in collaboration with Superblue’s senior curator Kathleen Forde.
“I have worked my entire career to build the tools and relationships that have allowed me to embark upon a project of this unprecedented scale and ambition, both conceptually and formally,” Kaino mentioned. “Intergenerational problems of this magnitude require new thinking and new models about how we bring together traditional ecological knowledge and advanced technology. It is my hope that this show can provide inspiration into how to connect and contribute to some of the most pressing issues of our time, in a dynamic and exciting way that our audience can take home with them.”
The presenting sponsor is Mastercard, whose cardholders additionally obtain unique advantages, together with 10% off tickets and a one-month digital trial subscription to The Atlantic. Additionally, in assist of Mastercard’s dedication to revive 100 million bushes by 2025 by way of the Priceless Planet Coalition, Conservation International will plant a tree for each ticket bought to the present.
Among the collaborators and creators concerned with A Forest for the Trees:
Original music all through the undertaking is produced by Grammy Award–successful producer and musician David Sitek.
The present is narrated by actor Jesse Williams.
The singer-songwriters Priscilla Ahn, Kittie Harloe, and Alice Smith carry out authentic songs by HIGH SEAS created for the present.
Laundi Keepseagle, a Lakota artistic producer and group architect from the Standing Rock reservation, has been a key collaborator.
Bill Tripp, Director of the Department of Natural Resources, from the Karuk Tribe, necessary stewards of the California forests and the inspiration for most of the artworks, has been the first marketing consultant for the undertaking.
Ukrainian artwork director Kirill Yeretsky created illustrations that assist deliver the tales to life.
Dakota and Lakota instructor and group organizer Breanne Luger is contributing writing and performances.
The undertaking is developed and government produced by Atlantic Ventures, a enterprise growth group at The Atlantic that creates large-scale initiatives grounded in The Atlantic’s most consequential journalism.
A Forest for the Trees
Location: Ace Mission Studios at 516 South Mission Road, Los Angeles
Tickets: $10–$50 (youngsters and adults, peak and non-peak)
Dates: Opening Friday, May 13, for a restricted run by way of summer time 2022
General Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 12–6pm (test for day by day hours)
Social Media Handles: @aforestLA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok
Press Contacts: Paul Jackson and Anna Bross, The Atlantic, email@example.com