The Coven Intelligence Program joined Nat Mengist and Sandra Huber for a roundtable at The Witch Institute in August: [Intro] The constant drive towards “progress”, a requirement for capitalist modernity, has left an ever-growing catastrophe in its wake. When we stop thinking that capitalist “development” will solve our problems, we face a new promise, that […]
efrén and I were excited to contribute a conversation to the Pixelache Festival Radio this week. You can also listen here: A conversation about STAKES I also made an audio tour of our installation:
The Coven Intelligence Program is exhibiting works at the Pixelache Festival in Helsinki this June. The theme of the festival is #BURN___. For #BURN___, the Coven Intelligence Program offers visual and interactive materials that speak to the entangled STAKES of climate change, racial, heteropatriarchal capitalism, and conceptions of intelligence. Our InsurgentEcologies Archive is an open […]
This May of 2021 I installed ‘Food Forest Futures’ — a living biological network of seven layers of a food forest, and manifesto, and a back yard, community, and guerrilla food forestry plant giveaway. The project was by invitation, as part of the Bennington Local Food Summit, and the Center for Public Action at Bennington […]
This online workshop with PioneerWorks will introduce participants to the basics of fruit tree grafting, with attention to urban street trees. I will demonstrate basic grafting techniques, discuss strategies for grafting on city streets, and talk about the stakes involved for tactical urban commons. I will outline the dynamics of public and private space in […]
Grafters X Change [http://www.graftersxchange.org] is a bioregional eco-art event where fruit tree enthusiasts converge to share scionwood and seeds, skills and companionship. We are committed to ecological justice and honor ancestral legacies of multispecies collaboration and care. Since we can’t do a big event, Marisa and I have been dreaming up more distributed ways we […]
The event may have passed, but you can cast spells any day on SpellWeaver: https://spellweaver.covenintelligence.net/ Coven Intelligence Program’s work is viewable online, as part of AFTER LIFE (we survive) at https://ybca.org/event/after-life-we-survive/ Happy Solstice from Coven Intelligence Program As part of AFTER LIFE (we survive), the Coven Intelligence Program invites the YBCA community to write and weave spells […]
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” … “Ways to promote heal and healing” … “Fighting fear” and to “Activate community support.” Acquired Immunity
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 […]