Trustees New Horizon

NEW HORIZON

In July 2019 Doug Aitken will present NEW HORIZON, a multifaceted art event that challenges the notion of art in the 21st-century. The project is composed of a series of live events across the state of Massachusetts, centered around a stunning reflective hot air balloon and gondola.

One of the great American mythologies is the road trip. New Horizon is a 21st century version of a journey, traveling through the landscape by air. The project is composed of a series of live events across the state of Massachusetts. At each stop the mirror balloon touches down becomes a happening. It is both an artwork and an event where ideas, conversation, music and art are shared. The journey creates a continuous, flowing event, encountering unique individuals and providing an insight into the future of our culture.

Happenings will take place at a selection of iconic Trustees properties, starting at Long Point Wildlife Refuge in Martha’s Vineyard on July 12, followed by stops in the greater Boston area, including the Crane Estate in Ipswich and ending on July 28, in the Berkshires.



New Horizon is a modern road trip.

A journey through the landscape by air, at each stop the mirror balloon touches down becomes a happening.

Reflect
The
Landscape

Navigate
the Edge of Society

At a time of an unprecedented flow of information and technological advancement New Horizon provides a platform to explore the edge of society through a series of conversations developed with local partners for each site. Each event will focus on a theme about the future of society and present a series of leading figures to address the future of urbanization, transportation, the environment, art and digital technology.

NEW HORIZON IS A
MODERN ROAD TRIP.
A JOURNEY
THROUGH THE
LANDSCAPE BY AIR.



AT EACH STOP THE MIRROR BALLOON TOUCHES DOWN BECOMES A HAPPENING.

STORIES FROM NEW HORIZON

Examples of the diverse experiences that stem from this journey—
each moment will be exciting and new, threading together images and stories to share.

MODERN MOVEMENT—Imagine flying high above the rush hour traffic on the freeways, we are inside a balloon that moves with the speed of the wind. With us is Dan Bejar, better known as Destroyer, a celebrated musician characterized by abstract, poetic lyrics and idiosyncratic vocals. He is improvising live music that speaks to the urban landscape beneath us. As the artwork floats over the gridlocked veins of traffic, we become powerfully aware of the machinery powered by fossil fuel that is ground to a halt below us.

TAKE TO THE SKY—Creating with the sky—New Horizon is based on a flying balloon/sculpture moving from location to location. We are exposed to alternate forms of travel as we fly. Historically, the balloon took on a spiritual significance and framed the view of the world from a completely new perspective, while later it was even used for surveillance. Here we explore more about this unique form of viewing the land in a passive way and surfing the thermal pulses of the wind.

YOUTH ON THE RISE—From a performer such as Mac DeMarco to songwriter Julie Byrne we find spokespeople for the next generation. We see a beautiful immersive film of performances with thousands of audience members enraptured. However, this is not a conventional scene. As dusk turns to night, the New Horizon balloon is transformed into a light sculpture, and the light patterns move in sync with the live music. This is the marriage of art and music set in the majestic natural landscape of New England.

DISPATCHES FROM ABOVE—Looking through New Horizon through the eyes of the viewer. In a beautiful collage of everyday voices, we use the microphone and focus the lens on people who have accidentally discovered the project, from a farmer in a field seeing the mirrored balloon overhead to hikers in a forest who discover it landing unannounced in a meadow. We will use this Studs Terkel-like approach of real people commentary in a story line that is a poem to the people of Massachusetts.

A SCULPTURE OF LIGHT—By day New Horizon is a mirrored reflection of the earth and its surroundings. At night it turns into a large-scale light sculpture. The lights on the 100-foot-tall balloon change color and pattern. They move and flow and dance, responding to the movement of the wind, the dancing audience below, or even its changing elevation. This narrative explores the relationship between technology and tradition and how it can be used to create art.

A COLLABORATIVE FUTURE—Kelsey Lu is part of the dynamic lineup of young talent in New Horizon. She is a musician on the brink, seamlessly merging and mixing genres of music from classical to jazz to contemporary performance. This film captures her performance as she floats over the Long Point beachfront, performing to a mesmerized audience below. We are drawn into clips of her performance interlaced with candid conversations and soundbites, fashioning a portrait of the next generation of performer.

LANDS END—As we sit on a sand dune at dusk on Long Point in Martha’s Vineyard, we focus on the state of the ocean and its future. Narrated by expert climatologists from the Woods Hole Research Center, we learn their views of the future of climate. This film is a tribute to land and sea and also a poignant reminder of the fragility of our planet.

NEW HORIZON IS AN UNPREDICTABLE PROJECT.
FROM A FARMER IN THE FIELD WHO COULD LOOK UP AND SEE THIS MIRRORED SCULPTURE FLOAT BY OR SOMEONE HIKING IN THE FOREST WHO WANDERS INTO A CLEARING AND DISCOVERS LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES AND CONVERSATIONS.



The
Events

The events will start at dawn with tethered balloon flight experiences. In the late afternoon guest speakers will address selected themes about our collective future. As the mid-summer evening approaches, ticket holders will gather around the state of the art hot air balloon to watch as the reflective orb transforms into a generative light sculpture that responds to live musical performances. Zach Tetreault, the co-founder of the FORM music festival, will collaborate with Doug Aitken to curate the musical performances for each event.

CONVERSATIONS AT NEW HORIZON

Future of Creativity, Long Point, Friday, July 12
Creativity transforms everyday objects and gestures into something sublime and remarkable. Explore the future of creativity on the dunes of Long Point with creators working in the fields of art, architecture and filmmaking. Among them, distinguished artist Sarah Morris will discuss her creative process as well as sources of inspiration.

Future of Climate, Long Point, Sunday, July 14
Human civilization’s sense of permanence and continued growth is based on stability. As the climate changes due to human activity, relatively consistent global weather patterns will drastically change, altering the global economic and socio-political landscape. Spencer Glendon, a groundbreaking financial markets analyst and Chris Neill, renowned climatologist, will discuss the effects of climate change on humanity through the framework of permanence, financial markets and agricultural output.

Future of Information, deCordova, Saturday, July 20
The speed, abundance and fragmentation of online information subverts the traditional media landscape. The Internet has leveled the playing field, allowing almost anyone online to develop a direct relationship with an audience, and whether true or false, disseminate information. Confronted with fake news and information bubbles, how do traditional media companies become platforms for communities to address the challenges society faces in a more equitable and inclusive manner?

Future of Identity, Crane Estate, Sunday, July 21
From navigation, to gathering information and all forms of communication, digital devices have become integral to every activity. Technology provides the ultimate convenience while simultaneously registering our every move. In the recent past we were defined by our race, profession, religion and what we consumed. Today our digital activity and how we portray ourselves through social media, creates a virtual identity which is mined by tech firms. David Edwards will lead a conversation asking how do we take advantage of the conveniences afforded by digital technology without sacrificing our privacy?

Future of Culture, Field Farm, Thursday, July 25
Culture defines human civilization, yet it is often overlooked or disregarded when addressing real world problems. As it becomes clear that a purely technocratic approach cannot provide all the solutions, it is time to incorporate a more humanistic approach by engaging creators. Visual artists, dancers and musicians will discuss the fundamental role culture plays in revealing our humanity.


Music
Selection of musicians performing at New Horizon events
More to be announced...

Kelsey Lu

Jónsi

Mac DeMarco

Julie Byrne

Helado Negro

Destroyer

Aja Monet - Contemporary Poet



THE SITES WILL
HOST DYNAMIC
FLASHPOINT EVENTS
THAT INCLUDE LIVE
MUSIC...

...AND
PROVOCATIVE
DISCUSSIONS, ALL
CENTERED ON IDEAS
OF THE FUTURE.

map of locations


Locations
New Horizon will be presented at these seven Trustees properties, beginning on Friday, July 12th at Long Point on Martha’s Vineyard and ending at Field Farm in Williamstown on Sunday, July 28th.
Long Point Wildlife Refuge,
West Tisbury


Trustees
The FARM Institute,
Edgartown


Trustees
Holmes Reservation,
Plymouth


MA Office of Costal Zone Management
DeCordova Sculpture Park,
Lincoln


Above Summit
Castle HIll on the Crane Estate,
Ipswich


Grand Allée, S. Bastille
Naumkeag,
Stockbridge


Blue Steps, Gross & Daley Photography
Field Farm,
Williamstown


Trustees

DOUG AITKEN
is widely known for his innovative fine art installations. Utilizing a wide array of artistic approaches, Aitken’s eye leads us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts. His work has been featured in exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of the Smithsonian Institution, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession, Serpentine Gallery in London, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Aitken earned the International Prize at the Venice Biennale for the installation "electric earth", the 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize, the 2013 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award: Visual Arts, and the 2017 Frontier Art Prize.

PEDRO ALONZO
is a Boston-based independent curator who specializes in working with artists to develop ambitious artworks in public space. Alonzo is committed to providing opportunities for artists to engage broader audiences by presenting contemporary art in the public realm, and by developing projects which stimulate participation as an integral component of the artwork.

ZACH TETREAULT
Zach is a musician and curator; member of the band Hundred Waters and Founder of FORM Festival. FORM has challenged the model of modern music festivals through its unique application process, limited capacity and minimal impact initiatives. It enters its 6th year in 2019 with a diversity of artists from Florence & the Machine and Anderson Paak to Mulatu Astatke. Zach has a passion for unconventional programming and extraordinary venues.

ART & THE LANDSCAPE AT THE TRUSTEES
For over 125 years, The Trustees has been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive sites of both historic and cultural value, Trustees is the nation’s first land conservation nonprofit. Its 117 properties across the state are destinations for more than 2 million visitors a year.

Trustees is dedicated to increasing public appreciation and use of its properties. Core to this are creative efforts to reach and engage new and expanded audiences through powerful experiences at Trustees properties. The Art & the Landscape initiative is designed to allow artists to expand their practice within the unique environment. With the commitment to changing the paradigm of artwork in public space from objects that are meant solely to be observed and contemplated, to structures that are catalysts for interaction, exchange, dialogue, and participation. Art & the Landscape ties together threads of art, nature, community, and history.

Schedule

All events are ticketed and require pre-registration. Trustees Members will have the opportunity for advance ticketing for all events. Not a Member? Become a Member now.

Tickets for the Martha’s Vineyard Happenings are on sale now—tickets for other New Horizon events will go on sale over the coming few weeks. Sign up below for emailed schedule updates and to be the first to know when tickets for each event go on sale.


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Friday, July 12
Long Point Wildlife Refuge, West Tisbury, MA
Martha's Vineyard

Sunrise Experience | 7-10AM
Gather for a limited sunrise viewing with New Horizon. Timed tethered flights and breakfast included.
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Happening | 6PM
The Future of Creativity
Conversations & Music
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Saturday, July 13
The FARM Institute, Edgartown, MA
Martha's Vineyard

Meals in the Meadow | 5-9PM
A farm to table dinner featuring New Horizon
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Sunday, July 14
Long Point Wildlife Refuge, West Tisbury, MA
Martha's Vineyard

Sunrise Experience | 7-10AM
Gather for a limited sunrise viewing of New Horizon. Timed tethered flights and breakfast included.
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Happening | 6PM
The Future of Climate
Conversations & Music
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Wednesday, July 17
Holmes Reservation, Plymouth, MA

Happening | 6PM
Music
Member Presale
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Saturday, July 20
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA

Family Day | 11AM-3PM

Happening | 5PM
The Future of Information
Conversations & Music
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Sunday, July 21
Castle Hill at The Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA

Happening | 6PM
The Future of Identity
Conversations & Music
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Monday, July 22
Castle Hill at The Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA

Happening | 6PM

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Thursday, July 25
Field Farm & Guest House, Williamstown, MA

Family Day | 11AM-3PM
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Happening | 6PM
The Future of Culture
Conversations & Music
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Saturday, July 27
Naumkeag House & Gardens, Stockbridge, MA

Naumkeag Garden Party | 4-7PM
An inspired celebration of the gardens, history, and splendor of one of the Berkshires' most celebrated National Historic Landmarks, featuring New Horizon.
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Naumkeag After Dark | 8-10PM
Dessert, live entertainment, and cash bar, featuring New Horizon. Music: Special Musical Guest
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Sunday, July 28
Field Farm & Guest House, Williamstown, MA

Sunrise Experience | 7-10AM
Gather for a limited sunrise viewing of New Horizon. Timed tethered flights and breakfast included.
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Not a Member? Become a Member now.

All events are ticketed and require pre-registration. Trustees Members will have the opportunity for advance ticketing for all events. Not a Member? Become a Member now.

Tickets for the Martha’s Vineyard Happenings are on sale now—tickets for other New Horizon events will go on sale over the coming few weeks. Sign up below for emailed schedule updates and to be the first to know when tickets for each event go on sale.


Schedule is weather dependent, and subject to change.

Questions? Please check our Frequently Asked Questions.

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