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
Shortly after earth’s climate stabilized around 10,000BC, humans settled and began building what we call civilization, a complex system of human relationships, ideas, and abstractions that separated us from nature as we manipulated it to serve us. Today, human-caused climate change threatens to disrupt that stability and alter the global economic and socio-political landscape with it. Spencer Glendon, an expert in economic history and financial systems, will discuss how our notions of progress, permanence, and preservation will change as the global climate grows warmer and less stable. Chris Neill, an ecosystems ecologist, will discuss how future landscapes can be designed to optimize benefits for climate, wildlife, and society in New England and around the world.
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 Collaborations, Crane Estate, Monday, July 22
Collaborations across disciplines are critical to facing global challenges brought about by climate change, disruptive technologies and political dissatisfaction. How do we dissolve barriers in order to collaborate? Dean Kuipers and Lauri Kranz, both creators as well as partners discuss collaborations.
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 and musicians will discuss the fundamental role culture plays in revealing our humanity.
Selection of musicians performing at New Horizon events
More to be announced...
Chadwick Stokes (of Dispatch & State Radio)