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Nocturne is a series of wild altars meant to be experienced at dusk, dawn, or at night. The altars are experienced outdoors in chance encounters, as well as in museum and gallery exhibitions.

Nocturne has been iterated upon and exhibited in response to many sites including the CalArts campus, West LA, Sevilla, Spain, the Pacific Ocean, hidden hills of Silverlake, and Helsinki, Finland. For each iteration, the altar changes, and new forms are created in response to the nearby environment.

Nocturne is a network of mycorrhizal collaborations with more-than-human ecosystems that offer opportunities for generating new rituals. Rooted in intimate experiences with the elements, landscape, seascape, and more-than-human species, each site calls upon a specific and ephemeral moment of sensory collaboration: times when the sun, light, sound, and scent coalesce through the senses of the human body to produce sublime or ordinary but intimate moments. 


The work is an experiment in care-taking and a seduction into intimate moments with the more-than-human world. Nearby to home, the interventions slip into existing ecologies, beckoning humans to slow down and pay attention to special arrangements of elements and lives around them. The practice of generating new ceremonies and rituals with more-than-human species serves as a method of re-localization, de-emphasizing the human-human connection, and re-emphasizing the grounding impacts of human-more-than-human interactions. 


The network of altars operates as an economy of care--visitors to the interventions are responsible for upholding the integrity of the site, both in the more-than-human species that inhabit it, as well as care-taking of the art piece + altar. The altars each spark a distinct sensorial experience: the way the sunlight backlights a native plant species at sunset; the sound of the birdsong at sunrise; the scent of jasmine leaves opening as the day cools into night. 


Visit the 2021 Uroboros Festival to watch the Nocturne Altar Hack workshop!

Nocturne is supported by CreaTures research project. CreaTures project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870759. The content presented in this website represents the views of the authors, and the European Commission has no liability in respect of the content.

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