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Postindustrial Palimpsests/Flowers Among Ruins: An Artist's Talk by Oliver Kellhammer

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Bark Room, Room M104, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center 2 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Despite increasingly dire environmental conditions exacerbated by neoliberalism (climate change, ubiquitous pollution, mass extinction, and so on), there exist some surprisingly overlooked zones in which countervailing processes of ecological and social regeneration can occur. Spurred by human disturbance, exotic and indigenous organisms remix into novel postindustrial biotopes that are resilient and adaptive and already well on their way to becoming the dominant ecologies of the future. These zones can also foster alternate social relations, autonomous to dominant market paradigms, in which communities revivify dormant notions of the commons and advance local agency over the environments they co-create. For the past 30 years, Oliver Kellhammer's artistic practice has been to engage with these zones, either documenting existing processes or facilitating new ones. 

Oliver Kellhammer is an artist, writer, and researcher, who seeks, through his botanical interventions and social art practice, to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. Recent work has focused on the psychosocial effects of climate change, decontaminating polluted soil, reintroducing prehistoric trees to landscapes impacted by industrial logging, and cataloging the biodiversity of brownfields. He is currently a lecturer in sustainable systems at Parsons.

Presented by Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. 

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