Join artists Alice Yuan Zhang & Alexander Kaye for a guided online walkthrough of their new project, Requiem for Lost Plants, commissioned by Creamcake & NAVEL as part of 3hd Festival.
From the colonization of Tongva, Chumash, and Kizh land to the ongoing urbanization of Los Angeles, whole ecological communities have been uprooted without acknowledgement. Requiem for Lost Plants calls for reversing death. Artists Alice Yuan Zhang and Alexander Kaye digitally resurrect diminishing plant elders to share their stories for a global public through an immersive online environment, and for locals through site-specific augmented reality filters.
Requiem For Lost Plants is available to experience immediately at tinyurl.com/RequiemForLostPlants
Requiem for Lost Plants is created by Los Angeles-based artists Alice Yuan Zhang and Alexander Kaye for 3hd Festival 2020: UNHUMANITY, commissioned by Creamcake and NAVEL.
Alice Yuan Zhang (she/her) is a mixed reality artist, designer, and program organizer. Her work bridges the sacredness of natural environments with the speculative power of human-made ones, inviting exploration into interspecies empathy, generative networks, and the illusion of agency. She is the co-organizer of virtual care lab, a current resident artist at CultureHub, and an involved member of NAVEL. Alice studied at University of California, Berkeley. Web: https://aliceyuanzhang.com/ IG: @aliceyuanzhang
Alexander Kaye (he/him) is an artist born near Detroit Michigan and currently residing in Los Angeles California. His practice began in writing and producing music and has since expanded into sound and visual art. He creates experimental music with modular synthesis, field recordings, audio manipulation, chance/aleatoric techniques, and traditional instrumentation. Often finding creative guidance through random operations, he embraces unknown variables as part of the process that influences all of his work.
Web: https://akaye.world/ IG: @akaye.world
In-depth ecological guidance was generously provided by Parker Davis at Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery, Sophie Katz at UCLA Botanical Garden, and Mika Perron at Audubon Center. Additional thanks to our friends at Roundhouse Platform (@roundhouseplatform) for sharing their knowledge on the Los Angeles landscape.
The project was implemented online by New York-based Creamcake Jon Lucas (@jonlucaswebsites) with Creamcake. Site-specific augmented reality filters were installed by Los Angeles-based photographer and NAVEL Community Program Intern Gbenga Komolafe (@gbeng.a).
Learn more about 3hd Festival at https://www.3hd-festival.com/