The Summoning of the Future Forest with the Sun Ra Arkestra

26 Sep 2021
4:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
Awbury Arboretum 1 Awbury Road Philadelphia, PA 19138


Futurefarmers in collaboration with local builders, Flatbread Society Bakehouse, 2017; wood, rammed earth, glass. Photo by Monica Løvdahl, courtesy of Futurefarmers.

Conceived by design collective Futurefarmers and curator Marina McDougall and presented by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), The Summoning of the Future Forest with the Sun Ra Arkestra is an evening of music and sound at Awbury Arboretum as part of the PHS S(tree)twork project.

The Sun Ra Arkestra, led by 97-year-old Pew Fellow Marshall Allen, arrives to the sound of three handmade slit drums created by local woodworkers from fallen trees from the Arboretum. Audiences are invited to move about while the Arkestra plays an “interstellar composition” created by Marijke Jorritsma and Yasi Perera.

S(tree)twork is a multi-year public art project rooted in Philadelphia which aims to animate how we live among trees, how we perceive them, and how we imagine our future cohabitation.

The event is free but registration is required.