Plantasia at Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Atlas Obscura

Brooklyn, New York

Plantasia at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Experience the verdant grounds of Brooklyn Botanic Garden like never before with an evening of music and art created by and for plants.

Join Atlas Obscura, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Sacred Bones Records after hours for a transformative experience combining sound, light and the gardens' lush vegetation.

The multi-sensory experience is inspired by Mort Garson's 1976 album Mother Earth’s Plantasia, which was intended for plants and the people who love them. The record will be reissued on vinyl June 21, 2019, and available for early purchase by ticketholders.

Attendees are invited to explore the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's expansive grounds and participate in one of three timed listening sessions to hear Plantasia in full. The listening sessions inside the Garden’s Conservatory will be introduced by celebrated composer and interactive ecology designer Mileece. She'll delve into the history of plant-sentience and bio-communication research, and demonstrate her own invention: a botanical feedback system that generates lightscapes and organic music by transforming the bio-electric currents of plants, trees, and even people.

Attendees can also experience Sonic Succulents: Plant Sounds and Vibrations at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, an installation of living interactive sound artworks by Los Angeles–based Adrienne Adar, observe Kirlian photography demonstrations of plant "auras", or join a custom tour of Brooklyn Botanic Garden led by a seasoned guide. Additional programming will be provided by Moog Music, inspired by the role of the analog synthesizer in Plantasia and its influence shaping the future of music. Visitors will have an opportunity to try their hand at self-guided synth explorations and enjoy a durational performance by Ghostly International artist Patricia within the gardens. As a special treat, Moog Music has also located the original Moog synthesizer Mort Garson used to compose Plantasia, which will be on display for visitor viewing during the event.

Botanically-inspired cocktails, as well as dinner and other beverages, will be available for purchase. This event is part of Twilight Tuesdays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, BBG’s new program of evening hours offered every Tuesdays during peak bloom season from April through September.  

ABOUT PLANTASIA

Mort Garson's 1976 album Mother Earth’s Plantasia features a series of Moog compositions to be played for plants and people. Among the very first to work with Moog synthesizers, Garson is considered a founding father of electronic music. In recent years Plantasia has resurfaced online, gaining a following and becoming a posthumous cult hit. Sacred Bones Record’s reissue of Plantasia is out June 21, 2019.

ABOUT BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN

Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. Situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, the Garden is home to nearly 15,000 types of plants and hosts approximately 800,000 visitors annually.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

  • Tickets grant entry for one of three timed Plantasia listening experiences taking place within the Conservatory at 5:00, 6:30, and 8:00 p.m.
  • Ticketholders should check in at the Garden’s Visitor Center entrance at 990 Washington Avenue. Arrive early to allow time to stroll in the Garden before your session.
  • Mort Garson's Mother Earth's Plantasia, is available for purchase on vinyl and CD, and may be added to your ticket order for pick-up at the event.

QUESTIONS?

Email Larissa Hayden at larissa.hayden@atlasobscura.com.

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Advance ticket sales only. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.


 This event is sponsored by Buffy, a new natural home goods company that makes products that are ecologically safe and meticulously designed for the well-being of people and the planet.