At the end of February I journeyed to California State University San Marcos to graft campus trees, work with students and co-develop a project connected to the range of natures on campus. Students learned Guerrilla Grafters’ techniques, developed multispecies seed packets for ornamental street trees, and mapped companion species around the art building.
Oliver Kellhammer and I presented our recent writing on the topic of Ruderal Witchcraft at the World-Ecology Research Network Conference in February. This years theme was: Climates of Crisis: Life, Power, & Planetary Justice in the Capitalocene.
I was honored to be invited by Sam Van Aken to give a talk for the Syracuse University Visiting Artist Lecture Series this January. My talk was entitled “Sowing Against Systems,” and used examples of recent work to think through the politics of distributed networks in relationship to food forestry, multispecies solidarity, and what Jason […]
This month I am moderating a conversation on -empyre- :: softskinned space. Broken into weekly subthemes on the topic, guests including Oliver Kellhammer, Marisa Prefer, Lissette-Tatiana Olivares, Joan Haran, Anthony Discenza, and Ricardo Dominguez will engage one another to advance ideas about magical practices and their connections to technology. We ask, is magic a fugitive […]
Efrén Cruz Cortés and I traveled to SLSA in November to exhibit work and to conduct a speculative workstation, where we connected spells, algorithms, and rhizome networks to our SpellWeaver application; spells we write together are converted to algorithms and then converted into customized seed packets meant to liberate witches, plants and machines from capitalist […]
APRIORI is a techno-botanical coven (incl. myself, Efrén Cruz Cortés, Suzanne Husky, Lynn DeSilva Johnson [Elæ]) whose mission is to track and encourage emerging revolutionary ecologies of work between plants and machines. For Queer Paranormal, curated by the Two Chairs collective and Anne Thompson, APRIORI shared a number of elements of our project in the […]
APRIORI traveled to Linz in September 2019 to be a part of STAY UNFINISHED!, a show at Stadtwerkstatt, curated by Shu Lea Cheang, and in partnership with Ars Electronica. We (Efrén Cruz Cortés, Elæ [Lynne DeSilva-Johnson], myself, and Suzanne Husky) presented the research arm of the project, as well as various codes, spells and video […]
I’m delighted to have an essay entitled “The Politics of the Graft” published in Lunch Journal‘s Issue 13: Mischief. From the essay: “… Grafting is a skilled performative and skilled sculptural gesture to cut branches in a way that make more branches, to attach branches that make fruit and viable pollen, to engage in relationships […]
It was an honor to recently attended the Casa GIAP: Creative Ecologies and Decolonial Futurities residency in San Cristóbal de las Casas. “The call is directed at artists and art researchers from around the world, who are interested in reflecting on the potentials of aesthetics in environmental politics, as well as in familiarizing with ideas […]
UnEarthing/Re-Earthing is an ongoing project by the Coastal Reading Group that considers how to grieve our current epoch of extinction and loss. We ‘read’ environments by unearthing the particular cultivations that colonial, capitalist landscapes engender. It is our proposal that these landscapes prevent the grief process and that grief is essential for resisting the often […]
I was super excited to have a Signal Culture residency in May 2019. I developed a Field:Notes research database for APRIORI over the course of a week, in anticipation of our upcoming fall exhibitions. The environment was welcoming, warm, and supportive. I spent a couple hours every day tracking the many revolutionary ecologies in Owego, […]
I did a talk this spring for the Colgate Art & Art History Lecture Series entitled “Sowing Against Systems, Branches vs Networks, Unearthing Slowness:”
Grafters X Change: Branches and Networks is an eco-art event on March 29th and 30th 2019 where fruit tree enthusiasts throughout Central New York converge to share scionwood and seeds, skills, fruit foods, and art projects in a collaborative, DIY, and interdisciplinary setting. scion branch and seed exchange hands-on demonstrations and workshops eco-art events walking […]
Trees of Tomorrow: The Hidden Politics of Ornamental Street Trees, 2018 Margaretha Haughwout in collaboration with Cody Ann Herrmann and Julian Louis Phillips of the Social Practice Queens MFA program; Larissa Li, Angelica ‘Noguera, Diana Vazguez, Gabriella Heyward, Antonio Crespo, and Destiny Irazarry of the John Bowne High School Agricultural Department in Flushing, Queens; and […]
I was so honored to collaborate with Mark Read, Kathy Engels, and Pamela Jean Tinnen on the Ghostfishing: Eco-Justice Poetry and the Diasporic City project at NYU in September. … … “Seen here across thirteen window vitrines are site-specific artworks: eleven poems and excerpts of poems that inspired their accompanying installations. Through engagement with the […]
An interview with Randall Szott and the folks at Bad at Sports, along with Sarah Nelson Wright of Chance Ecologies, and Francesca Fiore and Hillary Wagner of Soil Series. We speak on the topics of Art and Ecology, and what Szott calls ‘soil practice,’ as an extension of social arts practice: “The imaginative and practical […]