The Coven Intelligence Program participates in AFTER LIFE (we survive), curated by Thea Quiray Tagle at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Coven Intelligence Program is a revolutionary, anti-capitalist alliance among witches, plants, and machines. In One two three potions a secret word/ and soon you’ll see a freer world, spells are woven into visual […]
HOT COMPOST! combines core body strengthening exercises with the contemplation of rapid and radical decomposition, transformation, and the poetics of the rotten. HOT COMPOST! is a collaboration between Elodie Fourquet, Brynn Hatton, Margaretha Haughwout, and Dawn Weleski and occurs at multiple sites throughout Madison County, NY (Oneida territory, Susquehanna watershed). We frequently have HOT COMPOST! […]
The artist Chelsea Willis invited me to contribute a work for her publication, in collaboration with artists Erica Thomas and Emily Fitzgerald of MATTER in Portland, on Feminist Labor, Embodiment & Pleasure. The book is forthcoming. I took the opportunity to visualize the thinking and work I have been doing regarding guerrilla food forestry in […]
Advanced Studio students and I organized an online exhibition to showcase their exceptional work in the spring 2020 semester. Viewable here: https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/821330/distant-transactions. With • anna rapson • bella crow • christina diaz • destiny sambrano • elise kennedy • ellie krause • jared lampal • katie ellsworth • laura chavolla-zacarias • mick leonard • peter […]
I did a small video for FEMMeeting: Troy 2020’s online show Acquired Immunity. The online show was meant to ask questions about “viral contamination and confinement” … “DIY methods in response to the virus – make a hand sanitizer and face mask, select herbs to boost your immune system” … “Ways to promote heal and […]
At the invitation of Elia Vargas, I contributed to an exquisite corpse collaborative writing project with 52 other artists, while under quarantine this spring. Exquisite corpse is a writing and/or drawing exercise developed by the surrealists to bypass the conscious, rationalist mind in creating work. Each contributor can only see the writing by an author […]
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 […]