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The mission of the Raw Science Film Festival will be presented live at Ars Electronica 2020:Kepler’s Gardens on Sunday, September 13th at 2:00pm PDT as part of UCLA SciArt Center whic is presenting Telluric Vibrations.

Autonomy – Democracy
Ecology – Technology

Telluric Vibrations, UCLA Botanical Gardens – Los Angeles 

UCLA ArtSci Center – US 

The UCLA ArtSci center presents Telluric Vibrations: a festival with an exhibition, workshops and symposium based at the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens as well as in virtual venues like Mozilla Hubs, Zoom and YouTube. 

Telluric Vibrations nurtures ideologies both above and below ground. Using the model of a plant growing both upward into the atmosphere and downward into the soil this festival simultaneously cultivates the Earth and the Ether – conceptually and physically, grounding technology. Plant roots obtain nutrients in the ground through multiple interactions with fungi and microbes, the leaves chemically consume light and manifest it into sugars and then the flowers reveal themselves [as the result of these interactions] as hosts for the continuation of the many. 

The exhibition will feature work by the ArtSci Collective – a cross generational group consisting of current students, recent graduates and renowned, practicing artists. Each activity and artwork are generated around the Ecology of Earth and Ether the “real” and “virtual” and looks closely at the imbrications. Site specific installations and performances will be showcased at the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden – designed for social distance as well as to be presented online through live video and AR. Sound art, bio art and immersive installations will be created to interact within the garden and its multiple species and sensory experiences. The garden will not function as a backdrop, but rather as an integrated, collaborative element. 

The symposium, keynote lectures, and panels featuring scholars, artists and scientists will extend the network further, fostering diverse education and community. This festival as a whole is about expansive network ecologies, creating nodes for interaction that bridge the gaps between species, technology, and cultures. We are imagining novel ways of living and joining together on this new, planetary journey.