Shedding Light: Botanical Interventions and the Open Source Landscape

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A presentation by artist, Oliver Kellhammer, speaking to his artistic process that weaves together ecological and social practices.

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We are happy to present this month's iteration of the Shedding Light Talk Series - Botanical Interventions and the Open Source landscape with Oliver Kellhammer.

Since the 1980's, the ecological and social practice artist ,Oliver Kellhammer, has initiated various botanical interventions that question capitalist land use models and facilitate mutually beneficial exchanges between humans and nonhumans in both urban and rural environments. Projects include Cottonwood Community Gardens, 'Means of Production' (an urban biomaterials plantation), 'Healing the Cut - Bridging the Gap' (reforesting a section of the Grandview Cut), 'Neo-Eocene' (assisted migration of prehistorically native trees adapting coastal rainforests to global heating), and many others. His concept of the 'Open Source Landscape' refers to communally managed spaces, decommodified and outside the power relationships of property, that are only minimally planned at the outset and allowed to continuously evolve through the agency of their participants.

This will be a real treat for anyone interested in the intersections of ecology and artistic process and practice!

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Oliver Kellhammer is an ecological artist, educator, activist and writer. Through his botanical interventions and public art projects, he seeks to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His work facilitates the processes of environmental regeneration by engaging the botanical and socio-political underpinnings of the landscape. It continues to evolve and has taken various forms such as small-scale urban eco-forestry, inner city community agriculture and the restoration of eroded railway ravines. He divides his time between his home in New York's Alphabet City, where he is a part-time assistant professor in Sustainable Systems at Parsons- The New School for Design, and rural British Columbia.

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Still Moon Arts Society inspires vibrant and connected communities by creating art and nurturing a passion for nature in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood of Vancouver, B.C.

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