[-empyre-] Welcome to October and Margaretha Haughwout

Renate Terese Ferro rferro at cornell.edu
Tue Oct 3 14:05:09 AEDT 2017

A special welcome back to all of our subscribers on -empyre- soft-skinned space.  We have spent the last few weeks retooling our structure and we are pleased to announce that in a few weeks we will be launching our new website and our new -empyre- Editorial Board.  At this time we would like to thank Soraya Murray and Derek Murray both of UC Santa Cruz for sitting on our Moderating Team these last few years.  We are
thankful to them for introducing us to many new subscribers.  Best Wishes to both Soraya and Derek.

Welcome Margaretha Haughwout who has organized this month’s topic: Radical Aesthetics of Multispecies Worlding, Eco-Art, and Solidarity in a More-than-human Capitalocene.  She will be introducing the topic and Week’s 1 guests shortly.  Margaretha teaches at Colgate University just north of us here and we look forward to the topic. 
Many thanks Margaretha.

Here is her biography.
Margaretha Haughwout’s personal and collaborative artwork explores the intersectionsbetween ideas of technology and wilderness, digital networks and the urban commons, cybernetics and whole systems permaculture — in the context of
ecological, technological and human survival. Her active collaborations includethe Guerrilla Grafters: an art/ activist group who graft fruit bearing branches onto non-fruit bearing, ornamental fruit trees, and the Coastal Reading Group: consisting of artists from different coasts who trouble the subjects of wilderness, speciation, humanness and ways of knowing through diverse engagements with (non)humans. Haughwout and her collaborators at Hayes Valley Farm, an interim-use urban permaculture farm in downtown San Francisco, cultivated low input ecological systems and developed a unique lateral governance structure that was able to engage a range of different kinds of human input while still navigating complex politics with city agencies. Haughwout has been awarded numerous grants for community based work in San Francisco, and her personal and collaborative artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Haughwout received her MFA from the University of California Santa Cruz. In her classes at Colgate University, she draws connections to legacies in conceptual art, new media art, and collaboration, in order to foster distributed, creative approaches to the interconnected issues of our time/s.

More soon including our announcement of the new -empyre- Editorial Board. 
Best, Renate

Renate Ferro
Visiting Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Art
Tjaden Hall 306
rferro at cornell.edu

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