Margaretha Haughwout collaborates with humans, and the more-than-human, across technologies and ecologies, gesturing to possible worlds — worlds that generate abundance, presence and relationship, and antagonize regimes of private property. Her work manifests as speculative fabulation, intervention, participatory event, walking tour, experimental pedagogy, installation, and as biological process. Margaretha’s active collaborations include the Coven Intelligence Program, with efrén cruz cortés: a coven that uncovers revolutionary ecologies between witches, plants and machines; the Guerrilla Grafters, with Ian Pollock and Tara Hui: who graft fruit bearing branches onto non-fruit bearing, ornamental street trees in the urban environment; Ruderal Witchcraft with Oliver Kellhammer: considering of set of practices specific to planetary, weedy natures that work their way at edges and interstices of public and private property, and which are entangled with a range of other human and non-human outcasts of capitalist modernity; and the annual Grafters X Change, where bioregional eco-artists and fruit tree enthusiasts continue the work toward abundant Food Forest Futures.
Most recently Margaretha’s work was featured at The Pixelache Festival in Helsinki, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Stadtwerkstatt at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, and at the Usdan Gallery at Bennington College. Her writing has recently been published in an anthology called Socal Practice and Technologies for Change, edited by xtine burrough and Judith Walgren, and she has a forthcoming essay, co-authored with Oliver Kellhammer entitled “The Ruderal Witchcraft Manifesto” coming out through Duke University Press. Margaretha received her MFA from the University of California Santa Cruz. In her studio classes at Colgate, she draws connections between avant-garde legacies, emerging media art, and collaboration, in order to foster distributed, artistic approaches to the interconnected issues of our time/s.
In addition to her academic training, she has her permaculture design cerificate through the Urban Permaculture Institute, and has formal training in herbal medicine in the Western Tradition, having studied with a range of herbalists include Matthew Wood.
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