my events

Floating Studio for Dark Ecologies

2014 Jul 30 - 9:00am - 2014 Aug 3 - 10:00pm


Will be collaborating with my pal Marina Zurkow on her Floating Studio for Dark Ecologies project in old PDX, exploring biosemiotics, ruderal ecologies and potential strategies for remediation... It turned out  guaranteed to be a wild and fun time.

Also instrumental in making this happen was The Last Attempt at Greatness and The Nomadic Department of the Interior as well as Carol Stakenas of Bennington College. 

Blog Posting on this and my previous investigations into the brownfields of North Troy, NY.


2014 Jul 22 - 10:00am - 2014 Jul 25 - 4:00pm





As part of an ongoing collaboration, artists Kathy High and Oliver Kellhammer will embark on an investigation of Troy New York's former industrial lands - areas often referred to as brownfields or ruderal ecologies (from the Latin ‘rudus’ meaning ‘ruin’.)

Far from being abject places defined only by their abandonment, these zones are sites of novel ecological processes and vibrant new assemblages, adaptations and agencies, where nature is rapidly evolving to colonize the debris and disturbance our species has left behind.

Using methodologies of field research and the bio-lab, industrial archeology, documentary filmmaking and permaculture, the artists will delve into the fascinating world of ruderal Troy, observing and cataloging as well as developing locally appropriate strategies for its decontamination and reintegration into the human life of the city.

(Some Details)

We will tour 'emergent forests' where native and exotic trees co-mingle as they break up pavement and concrete, observe birds and insects for whom ruined factories and overgrown parking lots stand in for cliffs and savannah habitats and go bio-prospecting for 'hyperaccumulators' - plants and other organisms that absorb toxins such as heavy metals and hydrocarbons from their environment. Back at the 'L' lot, our plan is to uncover and record layers of deposition and disturbance to further our understanding of the history of the land as well as experiment with cover crops and mycelial mulches as potential strategies for detoxifying polluted soil.

This work is made possible by the NatureLab initiative of the Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Troy, New York. Stay tuned for more detailed information on dates for public workshops and guided field explorations.

More info HERE


BLOG POSTING on this and my subsequent excursions to the brownfield habitats along Portland's Williamette River.

Sanctuary for Independent Media

2014 Mar 19 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Some of the images from my 'botanical interventions' projects are in a show at the
Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Troy, New York.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 -  6 - 7pm
"Ecological Interventions” features two internationally renowned environmental artists who care deeply about out ecology and our future, Brandon Ballengée (US) and Oliver Kellhammer (Canada). Their projects explore how we as citizens of the world can change our environmental impact. 
Curated by Kathy High.
Here is a link to the Sanctuary's page: 







Berlin Research Trip

2014 Mar 15 - 9:00am - 2014 Mar 28 - 9:00am




I returned to Berlin after 30 years absence to research ruderal ecologies as well as to contextualize my complex relationship to all things German. 


BLOG POSTING on some of my observations there.



Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York

2014 Mar 6 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm


I'm giving a talk at Kathy HIgh's Science Fictions class which meets on 

Thursday  March 6 4-6pm, RPI, West Hall, Rm 211 - open to all!!!


Here is the RPI link for the event:

Otis College of Art and Design

2014 Feb 25 - 11:00am - 12:15pm


I'm giving a lecture on 'Botanical Disturbances' at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles this February 25th!



Otis College is at:

9045 Lincoln Blvd

Los Angeles, California

(310) 665-6800


Here is a link to the OTIS site:



Culture + Community: Social Practice and the City

2013 Oct 25 - 8:30am - 2013 Oct 26 - 4:00pm

I will be giving a presentation on the second day of this conference at Emily Carr University, Vancouver BC.

DAY 1:    
8:30 – 4:15pm, Creative Time Summit Live-stream Screening
7pm: Ted Purves Keynote Lecture

Creative Time: Art, Place and Dislocation in the 21st Century
The Creative Time Summit on October 25 and 26, at NYU is the 5th annual conference advancing Creative Time’s critical efforts to provide meaningful opportunities for social and community engaged artists to explore new ideas, expand their practice, and play a role in shaping a more just world. CTS is the only regularly scheduled conference devoted to exploring the intersection of art-making and social justice.

Tapping into an international debate, this year’s Summit provides a platform for consideration of the artistic practices, campaigns, and theories, as well as the practicalities, that accompany the increasingly widespread belief that culture, for good or bad, is an ingredient in the making and re-making of cities. Indeed, from monumental sculpture, to arts districts, to battles over housing, art has for decades been a critical element of changes to the world’s urban fabric.

The Summit will bring together artists, architects, planners, politicians, activists, and theorists from Colombia, Lebanon, Netherlands, the United States, Zimbabwe, and many other places to present their work on this topic, exploring the ways in which cultural production might address issues like gentrification, racialized urbanism, withstanding environmental catastrophe, and poverty, and addressing such topics as bottom-up urban planning.

8:30 AM
Introduction & Opening Remarks
Anne Pasternak
Nato Thompson
8:45 AM
Mario Ybarra Jr.
9 AM
Keynote Presentation
Neil Brenner
9:50 AM
Making a Place
Moderated by Gregory Sholette
The term place-making has swept grant- making organizations as well as city governments hoping to use the arts to make cities more “vibrant.” What are productive models to consider when thinking about the making of place through culture? What are its limitations?
Jenenne Whitfield, Heidelberg Project
John Fetterman?
Anne Gadwa Nicodemus
Lize Mogel?
Robert Bedoya
10:55 AM - BREAK
11:05 PM
In Conversation: Rick Lowe and Nato Thompson
11:35 PM:
Regional Report: Turkey: Fulya Erdemci

11:40 am
My Brooklyn
Moderated by Risë Wilson
In the contentious debate on development in NYC, no borough is featured more prominently in the stories of gentrification than Brooklyn. This section uses the borough as a case study to consider the specifics of resistance, place-making and overall use of culture in the transformation of a place many call home.
Kelly Anderson
Michael Premo
Steve Powers
Rylee Eterginoso & Elissa Blount-Moorhead, on Weeksville Heritage Center
12:45 PM
Short film
12:50 PM
Regional Report: South Africa: Marcus Neustetter, The Trinity Session
1:10 PM
1:25 PM
Built from the Ground Up
Moderated by Joshua Decter
Urban development is not always “top down”—it can also occur from the grassroots. This section features alternative forms of economy and social action that come out of local planning and movements.
Kenneth Bailey, DS4SI
Christoph Shaefer
Chido Govera
Alfredo Brillembourg, Urban Think Tank
2:20 PM: short film
2:30 PM
Moderated by Mary Jane Jacob
Beyond its physical realities, the city is often a muse to its citizens. Flaneurs do not necessarily resist or build, but instead take inspiration from the evolving social conditions and innate tensions of the built environment.
Tony Chakar
Vito Acconci
Althea Thauberger
The Amanda Weil Lecture Open Call Winner
3:25 PM
Day one closing remarks
Anne Pasternak

Vancouver discussion: Thoughts on the Day

4:15pm wrap

Ted Purves: Keynote

Day 2:     Vancouver: Social Practice and the City
St. Francis Xavier School
428 Great Northern Way, Vancouver

8:30    Doors open for registration

9:30    Welcome

9:45    Larry Grant: Welcome and Context for site

10:15    Justin Langlois Panel – Allison Collins, Shaun Dacey, Brian McBay/Michelle Fu

11:30    Lunch – FOOD CARTS

12:00    artists projects on GNW

2pm    Welcome back and Introductions

2:15    Kamala Todd and Oliver Kellhammer

3:00    Moderated open discussion

3:45    Ted Purves, closing ‘witness’ comments

Rogue Frequency / Petroleum Manga Reading

2013 Sep 28 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

I'll be reading a short piece I wrote for Marina Zurkow's  Rogue Frequency/Petroleum Manga publication at

Parson's College - Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (66 Fifth Avenue)

Field_Notes – Deep Time Kilpisjärvi Finland

2013 Sep 16 (All day) - 2013 Sep 24 (All day)

I'm going to Finland!!!

Field_Notes – Deep Time is a week long art&science field laboratory organized by the Finnish Society of Bioart at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Lapland/Finland. Five working groups, hosted by Oron Catts, Antero Kare, Leena Valkeapaa, Tere Vaden, Elisabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse, together with a team of five, will develop, test and evaluate specific interdisciplinary approaches in relation to the Deep Time theme.

Field_Notes – Deep Time is in search of artistic and scientific responses to the dichotomy between human time-perception and comprehension, and the time of biological, environmental, and geological processes in which we are embedded. The local sub-Arctic nature, ecology, and geology, as well as the scientific environment and infrastructure of the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station will act as a catalyst for the work carried out.

      Dates and places:

15th – 22nd September 2013 field laboratory at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station

23rd, 24th of September 2013 conference in Helsinki

The Sprouted Garden Party

2013 May 26 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm