EVENT: Artist Panel – Nature 2.0

February 17, 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Nature 2.0Presentations of select art projects by Jon Cohrs and Oliver Kellhammer, that reexamine human/nature and our relationships with the non-human world. Followed by a discussion with Oliver, Jon, and Marina Zurkow, and Q + A.

BIOS

Oliver Kellhammer (http://oliverk.org/) is a Canadian land artist, permaculture teacher, activist and writer. His botanical interventions and public art projects 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, taking such forms as small-scale urban eco-forestry, inner city community agriculture and the restoration of eroded railway ravines. His process is essentially anti-monumental – as his interventions integrate into the ecological and cultural communities that form around them, his role as artist becomes increasingly obscured. He describes what he does as a kind of catalytic model-making, which lives on as a vehicle for community empowerment while demonstrating methods of positive engagement with the global environmental crisis.

Most of his recent projects are situated in and around Vancouver, Canada and currently he is completing his ‘Climate Change Forest’ project, in collaboration with the British scientist, Rupert Sheldrake,  in a remote location off Vancouver Island . Over the past 25 years, Kellhammer has lectured widely at Canadian and American universities and colleges and co-led the 1995 ‘Living at the End of Nation States,’ residency at the Banff Centre.
Jon Cohrs (http://splnlss.com/) is a recording engineer and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Often employing humor and absurdity, his work uses public engagement and site-specific interventions to address global issues. Recently, he created OMG I’m on .TV; an analog Pirate TV station that filled the void left behind by the digital transition. OMG TV was used as a reference in a Supreme Court amicus brief on creativity and copyright.

He has taught at Parsons, The New School for Design, as a visiting artist at Colorado College, and will be teaching at SUNY Purchase in the Film + Media department in January 2012. He recently completed a fellowship at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center and is currently working on a film about artificial flavoring and the New Jersey Meadowlands called the “The Spice Trade Expedition”.

His work has been shown at Ars Electronica, FutureEverything, Ditch Projects, 2010 Vancouver Olympics, The Total Museum, and discussed in numerous publications.

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