Archives: Projects

Multispecies Care Survey

The Multispecies Care Survey is an Environmental Performance Agency public engagement and data gathering initiative meant to provoke and articulate forms of environmental agency that de-center human supremacy and facilitate the co-generation of embodied, localized plant-human care practices. This continues the EPA’s work in response to the dismantling of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under […]

Fruiting Bodies

Fruiting Bodies is an experiment in fungal sociality, exploring the possibilities of mushroom cloning, remediation and social exchange through collaborative experience and community science. The project launched with a workshop at GenSpace in Brooklyn, NY where where participants created agar-based sculptures modeled from chosen body parts. The sculptures where inoculated via oyster fungi with the […]

Emergent Plantocene

Suit Up: Join the Emergent Plantocene Clean-Up A project and installation for the exhibition The Department of Human and Natural Services, curated by Mariel Villeré at NURTUREart. EPA Embodied Scientist Training is a call to participate in a multispecies coalition of embodied scientists, activists, and spontaneous plants who are re-imagining federal policy and agency in […]

Embodied Scientist Parkour

Embodied Scientist Parkour is a training for interspecies communication and deepened relationships with the in-between landscapes of the Schuylkill River. Reimagining a conventional fitness course, the project invites participants to engage in a series of site-specific movement scores situated along the Grays Ferry Crescent Trail to expand the possibility of how we collect and co-generate […]

Weedy Nomad

Weedy Nomad is a movement-based storytelling project that explores neighborhoods in transition through plant-body encounters. We invite activists, artists and publics to share their experiences of development and gentrification through guided walks and movement scores that look particularly at marginalized urban ecosystems and spontaneous plants (aka weeds) found in “vacant lots,” sidewalk cracks, treepits, and […]

OnBehalfOf.Life

OnBehalfof.Life is a platform for submitting public comments on environmental justice issues to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of another species. It was developed by the Environmental Performance Agency in collaboration with Dan Phiffer and input from Kimberly Reinhardt, Karolina Sobecka, and Tara Daino. Previous campaigns include: “We Demand a Strategic Plan”, “It’s Time to Ban Neonic Pesticides” and “DWA Climate […]

Environmental Performance Agency

The Environmental Performance Agency (EPA) is an artist collective founded in 2017 and named in response to the proposed defunding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Appropriating the acronym EPA, the collective’s primary goal is to shift thinking around the terms environment, performance, and agency – using artistic, social, and embodied / kinesthetic practices to […]

Department of Weedy Affairs

The Department of Weedy Affairs is an artwork and speculative proposition by the artist collective the Environmental Performance Agency (EPA) which imagines a governmental agency that is beyond human. Installed in May 2018 at Transformer, the exhibition offered visitors an opportunity to engage with and learn from spontaneous urban plants (aka weeds) through a toolkit […]

Mycoramblings

A collaboration with Ben Kinsely Using mushrooms as a material and metaphor, Myco-Ramblings explores the intersection of mycology, folk knowledge, and storytelling. We invited participants to join us on a ramble through Central Park to forage for mushrooms, to cultivate collective knowledge related to fungi, and to create a chance-based field recording. We walked, we […]

Environmental Empathies

A silkscreen poster designed in collaboration with Kimberly Reinhardt for the exhibition Environmental Empathies at the Callahan Center Art Gallery at St. Francis College. They Tried to Eradicate Us, They Didn’t Know We Were Weeds On every continent and in every bioregion, weedy species find a way to survive. Their resilience is at once inspiring while also […]

Perennials

A series of sculptures and installation developed for the exhibition Perennials at the King Street Gallery, Montgomery College in Washington DC, curated by Suzy Kopf. Ruderal Street Bundles No. 1 – 9 2017, Variable sizes (~5x4x18 in) Spontaneous urban plants, street debris, twine and string Curatorial Statement: A perennial is broadly defined as a plant […]

hiway/hiway

hiway/hiway is a site-specific investigation of the Flushing Creek at the intersection of the Long Island and Van Wyck Expressway in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The project explores the value of unmediated weedy landscapes that surround highway interchanges and on-ramps, and considers how transit systems act as habitat, repository, and conveyance for seeds, pollutants, water and […]

City Skins: A Survey of Transient Urban Surfaces

City Skins documents urban streetscapes and surfaces in transition, making visible alterations to human habitats and public spaces. The Survey includes photographic documentation, surface rubbings, and movement-research that document evidence of neighborhood change, gentrification, and the disturbance of urban environments. In collaboration with Ellie Irons.

Cole, My Sooner Love

Cole, My Sooner Love is an installation exploring the shifting politics of climate change, urbanization, and queer identity in the American South. The piece draws inspiration from a close relative’s collection of writings, digital ephemera, and photographs that survey his life as a closeted gay man and former minister in Oklahoma. Three months of daily […]

An Atlas of Endangered Surfaces

An Atlas of Endangered Surfaces identifies and categorizes a range anthropogenic, naturally occurring, and hybrid surfaces in the area known as Hunter’s Point South in Long Island City, Queens. In collaboration with artist Ellie Irons, the project is a part of Chance Ecologies, a platform for documenting, learning from, and commemorating naturally occurring ecosystems in […]

Rooderal Lab

A movement-research collaboration with Eva Perrotta and Corinne Cappelletti, and DE-CONSTRUKT [projeckts]. As the first in a three part laboratory dedicated to understanding the life, function and characteristics of the wild plants in Red Hook Brooklyn, we explored the detoxification capacities of dandelion. Each lab is framed by pairing ruderal plants with a particular body […]

Solar Energy Commons

A collaborative project with artist Elliott P. Montgomery to connect a 4.8 kW rooftop solar array on the roof of Elsewhere museum with the streets of downtown Greensboro. The final design is a public charging station called the Solar Energy Commons, which also doubles as and solar karaoke kiosk after dusk. The project also included […]

Mycological Provisions

An interview project archiving the stories of four contemporary artists while hunting for mushrooms in the summer of 2013. Participating artists include Rob Peterson, Cassie Thornton, Caroline Woolard and Kate Clark. (Research blog: mycologicalprovisions.tumblr.com) (Video Credits: Music by Quilla, Sound design by Marty O’Connor and Quilla) Sound Recordings: Rob Peterson: [Audio clip: view full post […]

Museum Futures

Museum Futures is a transdisciplinary platform and journal for research on the dynamic ways a museum can perform. Although we often think of a museum as a static collection of objects to be kept a safe distance from, behind this seemingly impenetrable identity is a network of individual actors that have a stake in their […]

99 Books About Love

99 Books About Love is a project about shelving, sharing and second-hands, collecting 99 books from people all over North Carolina that explore love in its many forms. The project was an Elsewhere collaborative commission for the Ackland Museum in Chapel Hill, NC during the exhibition More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing since the 1990s. […]

Elsewhere

From 2010-2014 I served as a teaching artist and education curator for Elsewhere, a living museum and artist residency program set inside a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, NC. Elsewhere’s artist residency program invites creatives from all disciplines to create site-specific projects that respond to an emerging community and a 58-year collection of surplus […]

Everyday Obsolescence

Everyday Obsolescence is a video work created during SoundLab, a youth-led media project exploring the role of technology and the everyday. The project challenged a group of high school students in Greensboro, NC to create sculptures from discarded media equipment and video self-portraits to compose an experimental score of music and sounds. The project was […]

School of the Future

School of the Future is an experiment in what school can be. It was the child of the Teaching Artist Union and the Institute for Applied Aesthetics. In 2010 it grew into an outdoor intergenerational free school in Brooklyn. Since then it has become an archive of lessons learned and a network of radical educators […]

Groups and Spaces

Groups and Spaces was an online platform that gathered together information on people making art in groups and collaborative situations, groups that run art spaces, and independently run artist spaces and centres. The site serves as an opensource portal for artists, educators and citizens to learn more about these working methods and connect with resources […]

Strataspore

StrataSpore is a platform for collective knowledge about mushrooms. Initiated by Kate Cahill, Christopher Kennedy, Athena Kokoronis, Caroline Woolard, and mycologist Gary Lincoff, Strataspore uses mushrooms as material and metaphor for latent potential and unseen infrastructure. Right now, mushrooms are eating oil spills, connecting old members of Fluxus, feeding communities, and growing as alternative packaging […]

Urban Epiphyte

Urban Epiphyte was a site-specific project exploring relationships between plants and people. Fifteen participants were invited to wear a live plant on their body for 1 month and to journal about their experience. A series of maps, narratives and documentation generated from the project offers a biological indicator and understanding of human/non-human experience in the […]

MycoMap

Right now, mushrooms are eating oil spills, providing insulation for buildings, and decomposing organic matter that creates the soil we use and the food we eat. You’ve probably had some mushrooms on your plate, but did you know that mushrooms are used for oil-spill clean-up research, bio-degradable packaging, and immunity defense? MycoMap is a resource […]

OOZ Learning Guides

Robotic Geese: Experiential Learning and Exploration, is a K-12 curricula resource inspired by the work of artist Dr. Natalie Jeremijenko. Jeremijenko’s project, Ooz, Inc., Zoo Backwards, explores issues of human/animal interaction and includes a component that employs interactive goosing robots as a means for persons to interact, communicate and observe live geese in their natural […]