DE-FENCE Part 2: The Line Becomes a Territory
May 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
Join us at NATURE Lab for DE-FENCE Part 2: The Line Becomes a Territory with Margaretha Haughwout, who will lead participants in the creation of DE-FENCE, a living participatory art installation at NATURE Lab under the umbrella of the Sanctuary’s growing Eco-Art Trail.
For part 2 of DE-FENCE, participants will help install deconstructed fence posts (specially carved with designs that emerge from ongoing community drawing exercises), and plant medicinal seeds and seedlings from the artist’s Food Forest Studio. We will continue to discover already existing medicinal plants growing in the marginal spaces and edge conditions of the neighborhood, discuss neighborhood environmental health conditions, and discuss the ways that marginal medicinal plants can participate in the bioremediation and protection of the ecosocial communities around NATURE Lab. “The Line Becomes a Territory” is the header from a section in a forthcoming book entitled Ruderal Witchcraft by Margaretha, co-written with Oliver Kellhammer, and explores the ways that communities who want to resist the forces of capitalist accumulation can find power in, occupy, and expand the boundaries, edge zones and fence-lines established by regimes of private property.
More about Margaretha Haughwout
Margaretha Haughwout works with humans, and the more-than-human, across technologies and ecologies, to cultivate a radical imagination that challenges proprietary regimes, colonial temporalities, and capitalist forms of labor. Her work manifests as speculative fabulation, intervention, participatory event, walking tour, experimental pedagogy, installation, and biological processes. Haughwout’s active collaborations include the Coven Intelligence Program, with efrén cruz cortés, the Guerrilla Grafters, and Ruderal Witchcraft with Oliver Kellhammer. She created and maintains the Food Forest Studio in Central New York.
Haughwout’s personal and collaborative artwork is exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently, at Stadwerkstatt in Linz, Austria, the Pixelache Festival in Helsinki, Finland, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California, and at Bennington College in Benington, Vermont. Haughwout received her MFA from the University of California Santa Cruz. She is Associate Professor of Emerging Media at Colgate University.
This event is a collaboration between the iEAR Presents series with support from RPI’s ARTS department and School of Humanities, Arts and Social Science, and from the New York State Council for the Arts/ NYSCA, with The Sanctuary for Independent Media, and from NEA Our Town “Sanctuary Eco-Art Trail” creative placemaking grant.Co-sponsored by NATURE Lab and People’s Health Sanctuary.
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