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NEWS

AGENCY OF THINGS WORKSHOP 2019

On June 18-20 we will be out at MOCA Tucson doing a couple of research workshops: "Eating and Being Eaten: What does it mean to talk to rocks or furniture? What does it mean to model the human on plants? Join SPURSE for a series of exercises and conversations over a very light meal on living well after Nature in the age of the Anthropocene." Please me in touch with MOCA Tucson for details.

 

EAT YOUR SIDEWALK DISCUSSION

On Sidewalks, Weeds and the Multi-Species Commons
A discussion with SPURSE, @ NYU Food Studies April 18th 6:30pm. Join SPURSE member Iain Kerr for a wide ranging discussion of the ideas behind their cookbook, why and how to become dependent upon place, and what would a multi-species commons look like.

CREATIVE RESEARCH WORKSHOP 2019

Along with my colleagues in SPURSE we will be up at the University of Maine @ Orono leading our second anual workshop on developing Creative Research Practices for graduate students. Fall 2019

URBAN WATERWAYS LIVING

This fall we at SPURSE in collaboration with the University of Maine will be building our first prototype of a urban waterways house boat. The project is part tiny house, part commons building and part ecological engagement. If you are interested in collaborating on this please reach out. Fall 2019 - Spring 2020.

COSMOLOGICAL SPECULATION

SPURSE will be at the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art from late April through early July researching new ecological cosmologies and modes of being-of-a-world. The Project "Welcome Delegates..." is part of our ongoing research into how to take into account the agency of all organic and non-organic life.

EAT YOUR SIDEWALK READINGS

There will be a number of book readings this spring. From NYC and environs to LA and the west coast. Please consult Eatyoursidewalk.org for details.

INNOVATION + ECOLOGY PRESENTATIONS

I will be presenting at a number of conferences and events this spring and summer: CAA, Venture Well, North East Earth Coalition, NYU, William Patterson University, UCLA, etc.

CREATIVE RESEARCH WORKSHOP

Along with my colleagues in SPURSE we will be up at the University of Maine @ Orono leading a workshop on developing Creative Research Practices for graduate students (September 27-30). 

URBAN ECOLOGY: FORAGING WALKS

join Ecological Art & Design Collective SPURSE to identify and pick unique edible plants, and then snack on wild greens and spontaneously fermented drinks while discussing the pleasures and politics of foraging. This walk will focus on rethinking the ecology of lawns and explore ways in which we can change our local environments for the better via foraging, commoning, and letting our lawns do their own thing. At William Patterson University. Information to register here. October 10 and 13.

ON INNOVATION

We are giving a lecture, here is the write up :

"Innovating Innovation and Creating Creativity" Creativity and Innovation are the must-have buzzwords across industry, academia and the arts. Everywhere one looks, there is some theory, course, exercise or supplement being offered to make us more creative. And everywhere we turn Innovation is promoted as going to solve some wicked problem. But what if creativity is not a property inside anyone or anything? And what if Innovation solves nothing? Join Mathew Friday and Iain Kerr, two members of the Ecological Design Consultancy SPURSE for a provocative rethinking of Innovation and Creativity.

September 28 University of Maine at Orono.

ON CITIZEN SCIENCE

We have been thinking about and practicing for a long time a model of scientific research that asks qualitative questions of itself. We will be hosting a discussion about this:

"The art of citizen science after nature". What are the new models of science that we need to develop for our age of Ecological Crisis? Modern science has played a fundamental role in polluting, deforesting, global warming, and species loss. Can we as concerned citizens engaged in activist science practices offer alternative logics to how science evolves? Join the ecological design consultancy SPURSE for a provocative presentation and discussion about the future of ecology. November 10 at William Patterson University.

MONTCLAIR DESIGN WEEK

I'm a part of an amazing group that has just launched MONTCLAIR DESIGN WEEK. Join us, October 20-28th.  The mission is a unique and important one in the world of design and design weeks:

"Our mission  is to celebrate and mobilize our community as a design force for good, through the power of  curiosity, innovation, and engagement."

EAT YOUR SIDEWALK: THE COOKBOOK

René Redzepi, Chef and Co-owner of NOMA says it best:

‘This is exactly the kind of philosophical look at foraging that is needed today.’ 

 

We just published The ground-breaking EAT YOUR SIDEWALK COOKBOOK -- it is challenging ecological reimagining of how, what and where to eat. Part manifesto and wholly a joyous call to action this cookbook is an extended meditation on our place in the world, how we could connect to our environment, and what it means to rethink how we cook and eat as a pleasurable ecological act. Get your copy today!