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Los Angeles Conservation Corps

The LA Conservation Corps is working with the Berggruen Institute and Studio-MLA to develop a series of test planting areas on our property to research drought- and fire-resistant plant species as well as planting and irrigation techniques for brush clearance zones. Key learnings from this initiative will inform the Institute’s planting plan in fuel modification zones as well as other mountainous wildfire areas.

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

The Berggruen Institute is partnering with The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs to advance global understanding of what makes governments effective.

The collaboration has led to the Berggruen Governance Index, which evaluates countries based on their quality of political and administrative governance. For policymakers and policy analysts, the Index serves as a much-needed tool for grasping how governance relates to social and economic progress in various political contexts.

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composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.