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Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's FOREST (for a thousand years...)

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, FOREST (for a thousand years...), 2012. Installation view, Santa Cruz, 2018.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 to Saturday, June 30, 2018
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Presented by: 
Institute of the Arts and Sciences

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with the UC Santa Cruz's Arboretum and Botanic Garden and the San Jose Museum of Art, is pleased to present FOREST (for a thousand years...), the beguiling and uncanny audio installation by renowned Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, April 7- June 30, 2018. FOREST (for a thousand years...) can be experienced in the redwood grove of UC Santa Cruz's Arboretum and Botanic Garden. This is the West Coast debut of the 28-minute sound installation, originally commissioned for dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany.

DIRECTIONS
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden is located on High Street between the main campus entrance and the west entrance. Detailed driving directions can be found here. 

HOURS AND ADMISSION
Monday CLOSED
Tuesday-Friday 12-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Admission to FOREST is included in a visit to the Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Admission is $5.00 ($2.00 for children, free to Friend's Members, volunteers, and UCSC students.) 

To experience the piece, you follow a path through a densely forested redwood grove. Branches crunch under your feet until you reach a small clearing populated by tree stumps. As you sit down, the sounds of rustling trees, crackling branches, and bird calls subtly intensify. An airplane passes overhead. Someone laughs. It is nearly impossible to determine which sounds are coming from a recording and which sounds are live. When machine guns begin to fire and an explosion detonates, the eeriness of the experience becomes laced with quickly amplifying uneasiness. An indeterminate history merges with the present, filled with both horrors and the sublime, and becomes an audible presence in the shadowy forest.

As Gregory Volk wrote in Art in America , "A remarkable thing about Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's utterly captivating sound installation is how it blurs distinctions between site and art. You enter a clearing in the forest, sit down on a wooden stump, and simply listen. Cardiff and Bures Miller's work incorporates the actual forest into an audio composition emitted from more than thirty speakers. Sometimes there is a near synchronicity of natural and mediated sounds, and it's tough to discern what is live and what is recorded.... In turn frightening and deeply touching, ominous and serene, Cardiff and Bures Miller's forest soundscape is a wonder."(1) 

FOREST (for a thousand years...) at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden has been generously sponsored by the Nion McEvoy Family Trust of the San Francisco Community Foundation, Wanda Kownacki, Rowland and Pat Rebele, and annual donors to the Institute of the Arts and Sciences.

1. Gregory Volk, A Walk in the dOCUMENTA Park, Art in America, June 15, 2012.​

About the Artists:

​Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller are internationally recognized artists known for their immersive multimedia sound installations and their audio and video walks. Their recent solo exhibitions include: 21st Century Museum, Kanazawa, (2017); ARoS Aarhus Art Museum (2015); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2015); The Menil Collection, Houston, TX (2015). Recent group exhibitions include Being Modern: MoMA in Paris, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2017); 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) and dOCUMENTA (13). In 2011, Cardiff and Miller won Germany’s prestigious Kathe Kollowitz Prize. They also represented Canada at the 2001 Venice Biennale, for which they received the Biennale's Premio Speciale (Special Prize) and the Benesse Prize.​