my events

VERGE conference

2016 Feb 25 - 11:15am - 11:30am




As part of this year's VERGE conference on the topic of 'elasticity' I am giving a very short talk at Parsons tentatively titled:




The venue is

The New School University Center 63 5th Avenue, New York, NY

If anyone is in the neighbourhood please check it out! 


2016 Feb 16 - 11:15am - 9:45pm



I will be giving a number of talks at OTIS in one day in good old Los Angeles.

The main talk (see OTIS website for details) will happen at @ 11:00 am in THE FORUM, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles. This will beopen to the public and free. This talk will be  a survey of my work in the context of Climate Change and the Anthropocene with an emphasis on the strategy of 'botanical intervention.' Also, I'm trying to get people interested in the complexities of the Anthropocenic landscape and will discuss the biodiversity and geomorphology of industrial wastelands and the significance of these landscapes as sites of regeneration and as internalized territiories of our optical subconscious.


That same evening, I will be presenting a modified version of the above at Elektra Grant's Human Ecologies class which meets from 7-945p in the Ahmanson Bldg, room 309. 



Nodes and Networks: the city as superorganism

2015 Dec 2 - 7:00pm - 2015 Dec 6 - 7:00pm



I am part of this amazing collective experiment organized by the illustrious Heather Barnett, the doyenne of slime mold art and research, who has brought together a fantastic team of participants for a meet up in NYC.

Here is a link to her site for more detailed information:

Nodes and Networks is a series of collective art and science experiments exploring biological systems as a model and metaphor for social intervention. Taking inspiration from slime mold navigation, bacterial communication, and insect cooperation, a group of artists, designers, and scientists are collaborating on a series of public experiments and interventions across New York City.

Throughout the first week of December, the interdisciplinary team will design experiments that test our collective intelligence in comparison to other, seemingly simpler, organisms. The team will invent experiments, games and activities to explore how the city behaves like an organism. Experiments will be based at the School of Visual Arts’ BioArt Lab, the Metropolitan Museums’ Media Lab, and public sites across the city. Additional participants are invited to join the experiment through public events on 2nd and 6th December.

The project was prompted by the First International Physarum Transport Networks Workshop to be held at Columbia University, 3-5 December 2015. As part of BICT (9th Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies) the scientific workshop is dedicated to a wide spectrum of research on slime molds including physics, cell biology, and genetics of Physarum polycephalum as well as sessions on Education & Science and Art & Science. The giant slime mold cell can mimic human transport systems and navigate efficiently through mazes in search for food. This fascinating foraging behaviour emerges from collective cellular interactions, networking without a brain.

Project lead, Heather Barnett, says Nodes and Networks is a way of exploring the themes of the workshop creatively and from multipledisciplinary perspectives. Simple organisms like slime mold, bacteria and insects offer intriguing models to test how ideas spread, how group decisions are made and how communities cooperate. New York City is a perfect test bed for collective experiments.”

The multidisciplinary team leading the collective experiment includes artists, writers, architects and designers working with biological systems, and scientists from the fields of biophysics, ecology, genetics and neuroscience. Nodes and Networks brings these many heads together to create novel ideas and experiments through a creative emergent process.

Dictionary of the Possible - Animal

2015 Nov 21 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

On Saturday, November 21st, Terike Haapoja and Oliver Kellhammer will lead a discussion on the keyword, “Animal.” The question of the place and status of non-human beings has become increasingly politicized over the past few years. The discussion will focus on the concept of the animal as a boundary-making tool, asking what kind of reality this boundary creates for humans and non-humans alike. Furthermore, we will consider how altering that boundary would change our world. Who are the “animals”? What defines them? Is there a universal category of the “animal”, or do different cultures have diverse conceptions of animality? Finally, how can we see beyond the normalized boundary between us and them and establish more ethical ways of co-existence?


Parsons, University Center, Room U-312, 63 5th Avenue, New York

Seeing The Forest Through The Trees / Group Show

2015 Sep 18 (All day) - 2015 Dec 6 (All day)



I am very excited to be in this group show and have submitted a piece 'Nos habebit humus', in collaboration with my dear friend Kathy High.

Our work is a video meditation on how we will all one day likely be subsumed by plants, which will gradually consume our bodies and our architectural and technological legacies. 

This exhibition was organized by the amazing people at Abandon Normal Devices


Seeing the Forest through the Trees link.


Here is the curator, Monika Baake's introduction to the show:


The lifestyles of plants are a source of inspiration for this unconventional exhibition at Grizedale Forest.

Seeing the Forest through the Trees comes at a critical time when we are struggling evermore to devise fair ways of living alongside other ‘nonhumans’  (animals and plants). This exhibition will focus on plants and their relationship to other species by featuring works by artists who examine plants’ complexity through experiments, performances, design and action.

Plants are no less sophisticated than animals and over the course of evolution they have developed their own peculiar body shapes, lifestyles, and modes of reproduction. They are active and autonomous beings perceiving the world in ways both alien and familiar to us.  The art works, featured in the exhibition reveal ways in which artists are contributing to our efforts to understand plants. Celebrating plants lives and stressing the necessity to deal with them in their own terms and for their own sake. The artists invite the audience to inquire into the plant behaviours, their cognitive abilities, their strategies to avoid and attract others and to fantasize and to dream.

Our future is tightly connected with plants there is so much we can learn as they harvest solar energy and minerals, produce oxygen and food for animals and their bodies are organized as systems and networks which are decentralized, modular, and able to feed on light.

We hope this exhibition will create the space to give plants sufficient recognition for what they are hence, as a philosopher Michael Marder claims, “an encounter with plants awaits us!”

Featuring world class artists Brandon Ballengee, Karl Heinz Jeron, Chiara Esposito, Spela Petric, Dimitris Stamatis and Jasmina Weiss, Pei- Ying Lin, Allison Kudla, Kathy High and Oliver Kellhammer.

Curated by Monika Bakke.


Science of Soil

2015 May 16 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm




Sponsored by Sanctuary for Independent Media:

workshop happenening at the L-Lot, 3303 6th Ave. North Troy, NY


As part of my ongoing research into remediating contaminated soils, I am co-presenting a hands-on workshop with my NY state colleagues: permaculturalist Scott Kellogg (of Radix Sustainability Center), farmer and food activist Rebeka Rice and scientist Kate Meierdiercks of Siena College , who will be collecting soil samples to test in the college's X-Ray Fluorescence analyzer. This instrument is very sensitive and can be used to detect heavy metal contamination in both soils and plant tissue.

  • 1:00-2:15 Session 1: How to test your soil, with Scott Kellogg, Oliver Kellhammer, Rebeka Rice and Kate Meierdiercks

    *Bring a soil sample from your garden!

  • 2:45-4:00 Session 2: Bio-remediation, with Scott Kellogg, Oliver Kellhammer, Rebeka Rice and Kate Meierdiercks

No Free Lunch

2015 Apr 17 - 4:00pm - 2015 Apr 18 - 7:00pm



I'm attending this event organized by my dear friends Marina Zurkow and Stefani Bardin of ITP

ITP at NYU.  721 Broadway - 4th Floor

Mapping the Food System

We’re going to collectively build a working and workable map connecting issues around the food system, and new interventions to not only mitigate for climate change but also offer new ways of thinking about eating and distribution.


Berlin Research Trip 2015

2015 Feb 25 (All day) - 2015 Mar 25 (All day)


Another stint in old Berlin to research landscape design using ruderal ecologies and to catch up on some writing projects.

Dear Climate Opening @ Sanctuary for Independent Media

2014 Nov 11 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Marina Zurkow and I are hosting a reading/exhibition/discussion of a selection of texts from our 'Dear Climate' project, done in collaboration with our dear pals Fritz Ertl and Una Chaudhuri.

This should be an amazing and fun event and we so look forward to hanging out with our friend Kathy High and the rest of the gang from the Sanctuary for Independent Media.


Here is a link to the event:

Renga for the Fifth Season

2014 Sep 22 - 9:00am - 2014 Sep 27 - 11:00pm




Thanks Ann Chen and Davey Field of the Nomadic Department of the Interior,  I was invited to a residency at Phats Valley on Cape Cod Massachusetts in collaboration with my dear friends Liz Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse of Smudge Studio on the topic of 'Disturbance Ecologies.' 

In the spirit of Thoreau and Basho, we spent our time soujourning and microvisioning across the landscape of the Cape, over dunes, along beaches, tidal marshes, jetties, parking lots and coffee shops, investigating and reflecting on changes in vegetation, climate and culture and writing collaborative renga poetry. Our stay at the picturesque Phats Valley house culiminated in a public renga party, in which a number of guests wrote renga together on large scrolls of paper pinned to the side of the building.

Smudge's wonderful posting on the event can be found here:

I wrote a short essay on some of our discoveries, discursions and experiences here: