UPDATE (7/13): Grimes and the 1975 have been added to the lineup for Undercurrent’s inaugural event, which will open at the Jefferson in Brooklyn September 9th. The various installations will all grapple with climate change, and in a statement Grimes said, “If we don’t protect the environment, the future of consciousness will be artificial, not biological. Would mental health and wellness even be relevant in a world where emotions aren’t an evolutionary advantage? A.I. Meditations were created by a generative language program that was provided with meditations made by humans and, based off of those models, created its own meditations without the guiding aid of human emotion. Personally, I find beauty in this work, but it represents a distinct artistic shift from things written by humans. This work isn’t critical of A.I., but rather a neutral depiction of what the wellness landscape might look like without us.”
Undercurrent was founded by Steve Milton and Brett Volker, who, per a release, wanted to unite musicians, artists, and other collaborators to create new kinds of immersive, interactive, multimedia events that could also inspire social change. Undercurrent has been in the works for three years now, and the inaugural event is set to open on September 9th in New York City, with a series of installations that grapple with climate change.
Along with the aforementioned performers, the first Undercurrent event will feature contributions from Actress, Aluna, Jayda G, Mount Kimbie and Nosaj Thing, while more will be announced soon. The musicians worked with other artists and creatives, as well as climate experts, with the aim of creating installations that capture their reactions to the ongoing climate crisis. The installations will also help raise awareness for three nonprofits fighting climate change, Kiss the Ground, Ocean Conservancy, and Global Forest Generation.
“It’s an exciting time to be working and experimenting in the music space, with technology rapidly changing the way that we create and consume art,” Milton and Volker said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be offering music fans new ways to experience work by the artists they love and we hope they leave feeling inspired to take action around the climate crisis in the process.”
Tickets for the upcoming Undercurrent event in New York City are available now on the platform’s website.