Nestled in and around the historic brick press at Evergreen Brick Works, a series of holograms by Jawa El Khash are bringing the plants and animals native to Toronto’s Don Valley to life. Starting on May 3rd with an opening reception, the installation will stay on site at the Young Centre until December 31, 2023.
The four holograms depict past, present and imagined future ecosystems present at the Brick Works and invite viewers on a journey of discovery and identification. Species like silver maple, rainbow trout, and monarch butterflies offer a memorial of a once thriving natural space and offer a vision of what can be if future generations repair and coexist with the natural world.
Visitors can visit the installation for free Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. There will also be an online Web GL experience (http://naturesalgorithm.xyz) where viewers can virtually explore the hologram worlds.
“El Khash’s Nature’s Algorithm imagines a future world with a thriving and nourished environmental ecosystem—something we hope to embody at Evergreen Brick Works,” says Charlene K. Lau, Curator at Evergreen. “Her project offers this hope for change, and a moment in which we might contemplate how our ecological pasts collide with the present and generations to come.”
Nature’s Algorithm is part of Evergreen’s Public Art Program—a series of curated and temporary public art projects that respond to the Indigenous, cultural, ecological, and industrial histories of the Evergreen Brick Works site and surrounding ravine system.
Press release from Evergreen