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ARS Electronica Festival 
Telluric Vibrations
UCLA Art Sci Center x Botanical Garden

September 9th-13th • YouTube Live

Tel·lu·ric: being or relating to a usually natural electric current flowing near the earth's surface. UCLA Art Sci Center was invited by ARS Electronica to be the Los Angeles Garden and is presenting a series of events under the title of Telluric Vibrations. Using the model of a plant growing both upward into the atmosphere and downward into the soil, simultaneously cultivating the Earth and the Ether – conceptually and physically, grounding technology.

Beaming live from the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden in the middle of the city and the molecular imaging labs underground at the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), site specific installations and performances from the UCLA Art Sci collective will be showcased and presented online through live video and augmented reality. 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, as the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden aims to engage people with the broad ways that plants are woven intricately into our lives and bring diverse communities together. Dr. Victoria Sork, the Garden Director, will be giving the opening keynote talk “Tree Conservation, Genomics, and Change” on September 9th at 7:00am PST.

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Botanical Art: A Continuing Tradition
Public lecture with Artist Deb Shaw

Thursday September 24th 5:00pm PST • Zoom

Botanical artists have captured the likeness of plants as far back as records exist—ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian representational botanical art has been found dating back 4,000 years. Explore the western tradition of botanical art and illustration from historical to contemporary times through captivating images and tales of inspiration and adventure. Join Artist Deborah Shaw over Zoom for a riveting virtual public lecture followed by a Q&A session. This event is free but space is limited–RSVP to learn more and reserve a spot.

Deborah Shaw has a degree in fine art and has also studied botany and native California flora. She is principal of dbShaw Studios, an award-winning design firm, and her artwork has been displayed around the world. She is an active member of many professional organizations, including the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.
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Nature Journaling Workshop
with Artist Deb Shaw

Saturday October 10th 10:00am PST • Zoom

Focused observation—drawing, sketching, and writing—changes how we look at the world around us. Nature journaling forces us to see, instead of look. Suitable for all levels and ages (including beginners) this workshop will explore various journaling techniques to enhance drawing skills, explore ideas and document our place and time. The only required supplies are pencil (a regular #2 or softer) and paper, although any other art supplies are certainly welcome. A downloadable reference sheet will be available for attendees. This event is free, but space is limited--RSVP to reserve a spot! Only one ticket is needed per household that will be tuning in on the same screen.
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Support the Garden

Each day, the UCLA Botanical Garden is free for the public to relax, reconnect with nature, and explore the incredible world of plants. Philanthropic support allows us to maintain collections, pursue plant conservation projects, and provide free educational programs. Membership, naming opportunities and planned gifts ensure a sustainable future for this urban oasis. For more information, check out our website or contact:
Nina Devries, Associate Director of Development for UCLA College Life Sciences: 310-912-8972 ndevries@support.ucla.edu
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