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Grimes, Bon Iver & More Musicians Turn Up The Volume On Climate Crisis


Canadian DJ and music producer Jayda G invites viewers into an 8-bit style video game where their choices make an impact.


Imagine a world without nature. In an immersive 3D music video called Aluna’s Magical Forest, Aluna Francis does just that. The British singer-songwriter invites the viewer to a digital experience where verdant landscapes exist only in the spirit of the trees and flowers that once inhabited them.

“I’m taking you to a sort of dystopian future, a world without forests, where the only plants you have are in your house, and they want them for the world they lived in,” Aluna says. “They call you to enter into their memory of this beautiful forest.”

The magical forest of Aluna plunges you into the memory of plants and trees.

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At first, you scroll and hover your mouse over a dismal, apocalyptic apartment. Then, highlighted by Aluna’s soundtrack and narration, an orchid transports you outside to a surreal rainforest full of vibrant, whimsical plant life and a sky full of birds soaring above the treetops. trees. The contrasting spaces – black against sunny, static against crescents – create a discordant juxtaposition.

This is just one of the interactive video clips of Undercurrent, a new experiential art and music platform aimed at inspiring social change. Its first live event takes place in Brooklyn from September 9-26, with 60,000 square feet of immersive audiovisual installations drawing attention to the climate crisis and the organizations working to combat it. These include Global Forest Generation, Ocean Conservancy and Kiss The Ground, which advocate regenerative agriculture, a system of agricultural principles and practices that increase biodiversity.

The show, which headliners include Grimes, Bon Iver and The 1975, opens weeks after a landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. exposed the scientific basis of the climate crisis and the unprecedented changes observed in Earth’s climate system due to human activity. This is a grim warning from top experts around the world.

The Undercurrent event sounds its own alarm through the more visceral and emotional pull of art. Those who can’t visit the New York space in person can now experience five virtual installations, including Aluna’s.

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Click the image to watch Nosaj Thing’s interactive video clip, Waves, raising awareness about ocean pollution.


One highlights the impact of habitat loss on native bee colonies by transforming onlookers into a bee flying through cityscapes in search of a flower to pollinate. “It can be difficult to contextualize or understand how small creatures such as bees can play such an important role in the health of our planet, and we felt it was important to look at the city from another perspective. vue, ”the Brooklyn-based electronic duo explains. Mount Kimbie, which marks the piece.

Another experience takes place underwater, as the British electronic musician known as The Actress provides the urgent original soundscape for a tour of the Pacific Ocean. Audio reacts to floating plastic garbage. And another, from Canadian DJ and music producer Jayda G, invites viewers to climb a mountain in an 8-bit-style video game, with two paths to choose from, each with a different farming impact.

“We have to be aware, because if we don’t choose to live in harmony with nature, all that will be left is barren wasteland,” says Jayda G, who has a background in biology, ecology and environmental toxicology.

The artists continue to add their voices to the chorus of concerns about the impact of humans on the environment. At MOMA in New York, for example, a recent exhibit called Broken Nature offered strategies to help humans repair their relationship with the environments they share with other species.