my events

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?




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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.





Gaia Summit

2017 Apr 30 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm


This panel in Greenpoint Brooklyn was a lot of fun. Many thanks to Sara Blazej and the folks at Cleopatra's for putting this on! Thanks also to my co-panelists Stephanie Wakefield, Christopher Kennedy and Karolina Sobecka for their all around brilliance!


Weedy Resistance

2017 Apr 9 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm




I am on a panel at Parsons in NYC, convened by the Weedy Resistance People:


Session One: Borders

April 9th, 2017 (3-5pm) @ The Parsons Transdisciplinary Design Studio, 6 East 16th Street, Room 1203, New York, NY

Special Guests: 

  • Oliver Kellhammer, Lecturer on Sustainable Systems at Parsons School for Design
  • Eve Mosher, artist and interventionist
  • Zhaleh Afshar, Center for Social Inclusion

Terrain Vague: The Wonderful world of Disturbance Ecologies

2016 Nov 15 - 11:00am - 1:00pm




I am giving a brief talk at Free Association Design in Brooklyn, in acknowledgement of the massive disturbances we are experiencing in the wake of the recent US elections.



20 Jay St, Suite 516

in Dumbo, Brooklyn

Fashion Institute of Technology 10th Annual Sustainability Conference

2016 Apr 12 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm


I am on an artists' panel at the Fashion Institute of Technology's 10th annual sustainability conference in I'll be talking about artistic engagement in issues of climate change (Dear Climate, Neo-Eocene etc)  and sustainable place-making (Cottonwood, Means of Production, Healing the Cut- Bridging the Gap). Check it out if you are in the neighbourhood!


Details here:

venue is Fashion Institute of Technology, John E Reeves Great Hall 227 W 27th St. New York, NY.

Dear Climate at NYPL

2016 Mar 1 - 9:00am - 2016 Jun 6 - 6:00pm

Dear Climate will be part of the NYPL Art in the Windows series

@ Mid Manhattan Library - 40th Street @ 5th Ave, NYC