Archive of Author | Oliver Kellhammer

Oliver Kellhammer is an artist, teacher, activist and writer who focuses primarily on living systems. His botanical interventions and public art projects demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. In addition to his research into non-human subjectivity, recent work addresses climate change and anthropocenic ecology. It has taken such forms as the Neo-Eocene project in which he reintroduces prehistorically native trees to disturbed landscapes in a bid to make them more resilient to conditions of global warming, or the multimedia Dear Climate project, a collaborative investigation into the psychosocial effects of climate change. Recent writings include Neo-Eocene published in Making the Geologic Now, edited by Jamie Kruse and Elisabeth Ellsworth (Punctum 2012) and Violent Reactions in Marina Zurkow’s Petroleum Manga (Punctum 2014) as well as contributions to Nodes and Networks in SciArt Magazine (2015) and Dictionary of the Possible in Shifter Magazine (2016). He divides his time between rural British Columbia and New York City where he lectures in Sustainable Systems at Parsons The New School for Design. His web archive is at www.oliverk.org

Articles with Oliver Kellhammer


Becoming Non-human/Designing Non-human

“By considering the subjective lives of non-human organisms to be as valid as our own, we open ourselves up to a richer, more engaged relationship with the biosphere with the potential to undo some of the damage our pervasive anthropocentrism has inflicted. Such opportunities for reaching out have always been there for us, but now our very survival might depend on them. It’s time we make the most of them!”

Oliver Kellhammer is an artist, teacher, activist and writer who focuses primarily on living systems. He divides his time between rural British Columbia where he enjoys communing with slime molds, and New York City where he lectures in Sustainable Systems at Parsons The New School for Design.