Earth Day, April 23rd, 2022, Myrtle Tree Arts, in partnership with the American River Conservancy, and in collaboration with Folsom Lake College Innovation Center, brought Earth Dayta to life, featuring artistic works using sensory and scientific data, live and historical--to perceive and dialog with the earth, at the Wakamatsu Farm in Placerville, CA
Featured piece, Harbingers, was conceived by Ameera Godwin in collaboration with composers, Miguel Noya, Paul Godwin, and Aron Faria, and performed live with them and Dustin Koupal. In Tree-provisation, Zack Dowell translated voltages from leaves of an ancient tree into musical notes to which musicians, Elena Delacy, Alex Porte, Darin Coelho-Spring, Dustin Koupal improvised. Rina Wakefield, spoken word artist, presented original poetry created for the event.
As part of Earth Dayta, the three-part Harbingers Interweaves climate data, historical weather records, original and found images, and music to experience relationships between nature and human activity in the Sierra Foothills from the 1800s through 2099, to sense of place and history.
Lakes Not Frozen is a journey into coldness using temperature data for a lake's first winter freeze between the years 1900-2020, as the onset of winter arrives later over time. Music composed by Paul Godwin and video by Ameera Godwin, the piece is a site-specific media experience of accelerated tempos and deconstructed sequences that distort and disrupt forms--as ice cracks and breaks apart as becomes flowing water.
Dry Days contains video and musical sequences inspired by data that shows average yearly temperature slowly increasing through the year 2099. Music composed by Aron Faria, the piece uses two simultaneous musical loops, one slowly increasing in tempo along with the increasing temperature. Created by Ameera Godwin, the simultaneous video sequences also shift in tempo. The piece shows how change is not always noticeable right away, but over time, the effects of small changes become pronounced.