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Locations:Multiple see below
Dates:Only on 7/12, 7/13, 7/14, 7/21, 7/26, 7/28 between 7/12/19 - 7/28/19
Hours:Varies by stop - please see listing for specific details
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$ see below
Category:Special Events
new horizon a multifaceted hot air balloon art event photoIn 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 Marthaís 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.

The events will start at dawn with a balloon flight, followed by public access to the inflated balloon. In the late afternoon guest speakers will address selected themes about our collective future.

As the mid-summer evening approaches, the public 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.

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Future of Creativity, Long Point, Friday, July 12
Friday, July 12
Long Point Wildlife Refuge, West Tisbury, MA on Martha's Vineyard

*Sunrise Experience | 7-10AM*
Gather for a limited sunrise viewing with New Horizon. Timed tethered flights & breakfast included.
*Happening | 6PM*
The Future of Creativity: Conversations & Music

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
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

Human civilizationís 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
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
*Family Day | 11AM-3PM*

*Happening | 5PM*
The Future of Information: Conversations & Music

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
Happening | 6PM
The Future of Identity: Conversations & Music

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, Friday, July 26
*Family Day | 11AM-3PM*

*Happening | 6PM*
The Future of Culture: Conversations & Music

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.

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All events are ticketed and require pre-registration.




Ipswich---mapCrane Estate, Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA
Lincoln---mapdeCordova Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
Martha's Vineyard---mapLong Point Wildlife Refuge, West Tisbury, MA
Martha's Vineyard---mapThe FARM Institute, Edgartown, MA
Plymouth---mapHolmes Reservation, Plymouth, MA
Western Mass---mapField Farm & Guest House, Williamstown, MA
Western Mass---mapNaumkeag House & Gardens, Stockbridge, MA


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