On Saturday, 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, developed for the Wakamatsu Farm site, and in honor of Earth Day.
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.
“Harbingers” are subtle yet observable signs of climate change.
Harbingers, conceived by Ameera Godwin in collaboration with composers, Miguel Noya, Paul Godwin, and Aron Faria, and performed live with them and Dustin Koupal, featured large-scale projection upon the historic farmhouse. The three-part piece Interweaves climate data, historical weather records, original and found images, and music to explore relationships between nature and accelerated human activity in the Sierra Foothills from the 1800s to the present and beyond, until 2099.
The house at Wakamatsu Farm serves as an evocative projection surface. Media and data build connections to climate change indicators, and sense of place and history.
Composers and musicians assemble under the eaves of the old porch as surround sound and large images filled the location.