my events

Micro-Ecoforestry 101

2013 May 25 - 11:00am

Micro-Ecoforestry 101.

Come and join me at the Means of Production site (corner of East 6th and St. Catherines) adjacent to North China Creek park in Vancouver for a free workshop.

As part of Means of Production's eleventh anniversary celebration, I'll be going over the basics of planting and managing neighbourhood-scale groves of trees and bamboos for the purposes of materials production. I'll cover choosing varieties, planting, propagating and harvesting techniques.

Hope to see you there!

Eugene, OR

2013 May 9 - 3:00pm

Hendricks Hall Hearth Room (1st floor)
1408 University St.
U of O campus
Eugene Oregon

 “Botanical Interventions: Rebuilding Landscapes, Reshaping Communities”

Please join us for this special event.

A Fireside Conversation with:

Oliver Kellhammer, a permaculture artist, writer, and teacher specializing in ecological restoration and land art, and Jennifer Burns Levin, who teaches literature in the UO Clark Honors College.

The two  will talk about Kellhammer’s interest in the shifting power relationships within public urban spaces and his own work on ”botanical interventions,” land art that facilitates the healing processes of damaged landscapes and creates opportunities for more productive, mutually beneficial relationships between people and the environment.

Here’s what Jennifer Burns Levin has to say about this conversation: “Oliver Kellhammer is in town for the CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium event with his partner, novelist Ruth Ozeki. He’s a fascinating guy, and I’m pleased to be able to host him in a fireside chat as part of our Food in the Field RIG activities. Oliver is a Canadian land artist, permaculture teacher, activist, and writer. We will talk about his work with shifting power relationships within public urban spaces and communities. He’ll show images of his projects, integrative land art he calls ‘botanical interventions,’ and we’ll discuss his activism with small scale eco-forestry, urban food gardens, and other ways that permaculture and sustainable landscapes can transform us.”



Campbell River Art Gallery

2013 Feb 21 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

I am giving a little talk on new directions in artistic intervention at the Campbell River Art Gallery:

Here is a synopsis of what I will try to cover:

Recent phenomena such as the Occupy Movement and the rise of ‘hacker’ culture have provided unprecedented opportunity for artistic expression outside the traditional confines of galleries and museums. Such socially engaged practices often blur the distinctions between artists and their collaborators and bring up interesting questions of authorship and the shifting relationships between process and outcome. Using examples from his own work and that of others, Kellhammer will highlight some of these interesting artistic interventions into social and ecological territories and examine the role of the artist as advocate and instigator of autonomous social zones. 

City Studio

2013 Feb 7 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

I'll be hanging out with the innovative City Studio gang at 1800 Spyglass Place in Vancouver, just under the Cambie St. Bridge. I love these guys and it is the second year in a row I have been involved in one of their design sessions. Joining me will be 'Greenest City' planner Lindsay Cole and David Tracy of Tree City.

Book Launch: Making the Geologic Now

2012 Dec 4 - 7:30pm

I've got an article in this publication on the Climate Change Forest.

Join us for the launch of Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life
(punctum books, 2012) on December 4th, from 7-9 p.m. Free and open to the public; no RSVP necessary.

In the spirit of a broadside, this edited collection circulates images and short essays from over 40 artists, designers, architects, scholars, and journalists who are extending our active awareness of inhabitation out to the cosmos and down to the Earth’s iron core. Their works are offered as test sites for what might become thinkable and possible if humans were to take up the geologic as our instructive co-designer—as a partner in designing thoughts, things, systems, and experiences. As a reading and viewing event, Making the Geologic Now is designed to move with its audiences while delivering signals from unfolding edges of the “geologic now." It offers early sightings of an increasingly widespread turn toward the geologic as source of explanation, motivation, and inspiration for creative responses to material conditions of the present moment.

The December 4th launch will release both the ebook (an open-source, free download from punctum) and the interactive, website version of the book. The printed book also will be available for pre-order from, shipping in mid-December.

The evening's program will feature a brief introduction to the project from co-editors Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse, followed by comments from contributors. Videos and images from the project will be on display, and Eileen Joy, director of punctum, will appear via Skype from Australia to speak about the spirit behind punctum books.

Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Studio-X NYC
180 Varick Street #1610, New York, NY
(212) 989-2398 ·

The Future is Shrubby

2012 Sep 30 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

This event was at the Planet Repair Institute in the Sellwood nabe.

For more info click this link:

Here is how they billed it:

One of Canada's leading permaculture designers, guerilla land-artist, and botanical subversive, Oliver Kellhammer returns to Portland this fall to discuss approaches to designing resilient urban landscapes in a climatically unstable and unpredictable future. Oliver will highlight some of his attempts at"botanical re-mixing", hacking the ecological commons, open-source landscaping. Oliver will also discuss his climate change forest experiment on Cortes Island, and consider the necessity for planting low-maintenance 'fedges' and food thickets that facilitate urban foraging and food democracy.

A ton of fun!

Fall Eco Arts Salon

2012 Sep 26 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Oliver Kellhammer will be giving an update on some of his long-running 'botanical interventions' projects, including ongoing research into growing living botanical 'chimeras' and the 'Climate Change Forest' he is working on in with UK scientist Rupert Sheldrake –a landscape level experiment that re-introduces tree varieties that were native to British Columbia, over 50 million years ago, during the age of the Eocene Thermal Maximum.

Roundhouse Arts and Community Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews  Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3

  (604) 713-1800

Cottonwood Gardens Tour

2012 Aug 25 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

I'll be giving a (free) tour and a talk about the history of Cottonwood Gardens.
We will be meeting on the benches under the Black Locust tree off Malkin Avenue.
Members of Gaia College and the Edible Garden Project will be in attendance but anyone else who is interested is welcome to come along. We may walk to other nearby locations and should wrap up in a couple of hours or so.

Village Building Convergence

2012 Jun 1 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Will be giving a talk on Botanical Interventions as part of the 2012 Village Building Convergence, in Portland, Oregon.

Details here:

Check out VBC's chock-a-block full schedule of event listings here:

ITP artists' panel

2012 Feb 17 - 6:00pm

EVENT: Artist Panel – Nature 2.0

My pal Marina Zurkow has invited me to be on panel with John Cohrs as part of NYU's ITP program.

Hope some of my New York peeps can come!

Here is a link to NYU's page:

Address: 721 Broadway 4th floor just south of Waverly