my events

Permaculture Design Course on Cortes Island

2018 Jun 24 - 9:00am - 2018 Jul 7 - 7:00pm

Check out the Linnaea Farm website to register!


Life at the Edges at Science Gallery Dublin

2018 Jun 22 - 9:00am - 2018 Sep 30 - 5:00pm


Some of my worm-eaten 'Philosopher's Stones' will be appearing at the Science Gallery in Dublin in an arrangement entitled 'Plastivore.'


Here is the description of the exhibition:

How do things survive in outer space, on the bottom of the ocean or inside volcanoes? Why do extreme environments excite our imagination and our drive to explore? How do inhospitable environs inspire new technologies, designs and methods?

From terraforming planets to tracking microbes on geothermal vents, this exhibition will explore LIFE AT THE EDGES. Who are the scientists and designers preparing for a future of frontier living and what might we find living in the most unexpected places like lava tubes, Antarctic mountaintops, or Martian permafrost? Will humans ever inhabit the moons of Saturn or the deep sea, or have we already contaminated the last frontiers with space junk, plastic gyres and invasive species?





Permaculture and the Anthropocene

2018 Jun 9 - 9:00am - 4:00pm


I am teaching a 2-day workshop in conjunction with the amazing ethnobotanist and agronomist, Hannah Roessler, at Pacific Rim College's Raven Hill farm facility in Saanichton, British Columbia. Should be fun!

For details see here:

Storm King Arts Center, Indicators: Artists on Climate Change

2018 May 19 - 12:00pm - 2018 Nov 11 - 7:00pm



Dear Climate is at the Storm King Arts Center, Indicators: Artists on Climate Change exhibition

Storm King Arts Center, New Windsor, New York. 

Dear Climate at AMNH

2018 Apr 22 - 10:00am - 8:00pm



A pop-up version of Dear Climate will be at the American Museum of Natural History this Earth Day April 22nd. Write a letter to the climate!



Ruderal Ecology: Grounds for Change Conference

2018 Apr 13 - 7:00pm - 2018 Apr 15 - 2:00pm



This will be so much fun! The venue is the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, New York! I'll be co-leading (with the amazing Azuré Keahi) a biomapping, bio-inventory walk to catalog some of the biodiversity in the postindustrial lands in North Troy.


Ruderal Ecologies is a weekend-long symposium to commence Earth Week. Art, urban ecology, and social justice activities focus on living in urban environments shaped by stress. “Ruderal ecologies” are formed by hardy and adaptive organisms and grassroots activist communities that grow out of the ruins of urban wastelands.
Hosted by The Sanctuary for Independent Media’s NATURE Lab, the symposium involves thinkers and activists from ecology, public health, urban planning, environmental science, environmental justice, permaculture, the arts, and science and technology studies. Together participants look for growth and resilience in polluted but biodiverse environments, asking:
    • How can we identify underserved marginalized communities to build engaged, diverse networks, on grounds considered “wastelands”?
    • What forms of life flourish amid the ruins of ruderal ecologies?
    • What happens when we include “nonhuman” forms of life–including plants and animals–in our thinking about human flourishing?




for more info:

In Human Time - A conversation on climate and art

2018 Jan 26 - 6:30am - 8:00am




I was on a panel at New School to discuss my climate change work along with Christiane Paul and Peggy Weil. The venue is at the Kellen Auditorium, Parsons School of Design, 66 Fifth Ave. 




Agrikultura 2017

2017 Jul 1 (All day) - 2017 Aug 27 (All day)
An exhibition of public artworks, installations, meals, performances, urban interventions, and events outdoors in Hyllie, Malmo, from 1 July to 27 August 2017

A version of the Neo-Eocene project will be recreated by local collaborators including Robert Ek as part of the 2017 Agrikultura Triennal.


See longer description here:





University of Victoria Permaculture Design Course

2017 May 26 - 9:00am - 2017 May 27 - 12:00pm



I will be co-teaching the University of Victoria permaculture design course at Linnaea Farm on Cortes Island. There will be some short lectures and some fun romps through the local rainforest.

Nature 2.0: Post Industrial Ecologies of the Hudson River Estuary

2017 May 14 - 10:00am - 2:00pm



N.B! This has been rescheduled to May 14th from the original April 22nd date due to a family emergency.

So sorry for any inconvenience.


I'm giving a workshop on postindustrial ecologies at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY.

Please check the Sanctuary website for the exact times.

Here is the blurb describing what is supposed to happen:


Stretching from Troy to the New York harbor, the Hudson River’s estuary has played an integral part in the rise and fall of America as a vast industrial power. Its waters and surrounding landscapes have been heavily impacted since the earliest days of the Industrial Revolution and there are troubling legacies of persistent pollutants such as the the PCBs left behind by the General Electric manufacturing plant at Hudson Falls. Yet there are signs of regeneration, if one knows where to look. Abandoned factory landscapes called brownfields harbour surprising biodiversity as the man-made habitats they contain mimic prairies and savannahs, cliffs and gravel banks. The post-industrial flora and fauna that thrives in these disturbed sites comprises a ‘hyper-ecology’  - a  fascinating mix of natives and exotics, pioneer species, habitat opportunists and a range of other organisms that benefit from conditions that are significantly hotter, more alkaline and less fertile than the primeval ecosystem so long ago obliterated. With the decline in industrial activity and the enforcement of laws governing the discharge of pollutants, aquatic ecosystems too are showing signs of recovery, despite significant challenges. Who would have thought even a few decades ago that humpback whales could once again be seen feeding in the East River just off Gracie Mansion?


In his talk and workshop, ecological artist, writer and activist Oliver Kellhammer will frame post-industrial ecologies as sites of renewal and the emergence of novel processes. In collaboration with artist Kathy High, he has been compiling a field guide to the biodiversity of the brownfields of Troy and has been experimenting with strategies for bioremediating contaminated soils in the area using a combination of fungi and plants.