Miguel, Grimes, Jorja Smith and Bon Iver are just some of the big names putting their art towards the fight against climate change in a new installation coming to Brooklyn in September.
Undercurrent is a new event that will immerse visitors in over 10 original audiovisual art installations, created by influential musicians to inspire positive impact around the climate crisis.
Debuting this September at The Jefferson in Bushwick, the event will bring together more than 40 musicians, artists, creatives and nonprofit partners to present reactions to the climate crisis.
Grimes, who will be showing her AI-created meditations, in a statement she felt compelled to participate in the group show, and show that if we don’t protect the environment, “the future of consciousness will be artificial, not biological.”
“Would mental health and wellness even be relevant in a world where emotions aren’t an evolutionary advantage? A.I. Meditations were created by a generative language program that was provided with meditations made by humans and, based off of those models, created its own meditations without the guiding aid of human emotion,” she said in the statement.
“Personally, I find beauty in this work, but it represents a distinct artistic shift from things written by humans. This work isn’t critical of A.I., but rather a neutral depiction.”
Of his multimedia installation featuring a new version of his 2019 song “Naeem” remixed by Chris Hontos, Bon Iver said he hoped people walked out changed “and to be thinking about things outside of the normal concepts that they’re usually worried about.”
“We want them to walk out having a wider perspective on the meaning of life and what we can leave behind.”
According to the organizers, there will be sustainably sourced farm-to-cocktail beverages and a curated collection of sustainable wares at the event.
Tickets are $45 and free for those under the age of 5. A ticket grants access to a reserved time slot at Undercurrent, and the experience typically lasts from one to two hours.
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