Topic: Projects and Events

Trees of Tomorrow

Posted on January 2, 2018 by - Projects and Events

Guerrilla Grafters are excited about a new partner project, Trees of Tomorrow, in collaboration with Margaretha Haughwout, Cody Herrmann, and Julian Phillips, Social Practice Queens, and the John Bowne Agricultural High School. Initiated with Gregory Sholette and Randall Szott. True to form, it is a sprawling collaboration.

Trees of Tomorrow is a guided, speculative tour of the trees of Flushing, Queens — exposing the ways trees shape, and are shaped by, neighborhoods, economies, and soils of Flushing; a complementary self-guided tour publication, echoing a futuristic theme, to be distributed with registration materials; and a speculative workstation where we collectively collapse the nature/society divide through specific cultural uses of a sampling of Flushing’s trees and tree grafting. Trees of Tomorrow asks how to empower new naturalcultural futures that enable local solidarity and survival across species.”


Re: In Colombia: Conflict Collapse and Care / Natural Resistance

Posted on August 15, 2017 by - Projects and Events

Guerrilla Grafters traveled to ISEA2017 in Manizales, Colombia this summer. Margaretha writes: “The Guerrilla Grafters have special resonance in cities where sterile trees line the streets, primarily sites of late capitalism, where historical natures are appropriated in such a way so as to constrain the co-production of viable resources both to humans and to plants and critters; where ornamentality is produced to support property. This kind of ornamentality supports the classist practice of looking, but not seeing, and certainly not engaging. It was unclear to me how much these practices resonated with my new Colombian friends, and what kinds of living, lived and yet-to-live alliances across difference must be made to support resistance to capitalism, or better yet, to co-produce multi-species alliances that topple it. It has always been Guerrilla Grafter’s aim to “undo capitalist civilization one branch at a time”; but of course these fertile branches loaded with viable pollen are meant to be one step in the introduction of new relationships and new life in the urban environment.” Read her whole post here.

Guerrilla Grafters with 100 Days Action

Posted on April 21, 2017 by - Projects and Events

100 Days Action “is a counter-narrative to the Trump administration’s one hundred day plan…. Whereas the President’s 100 Days will seek to dismantle restrictions that protect our environment, public education, health, and jeopardize unprotected minority groups, 100 Days Action is a forum for resistance, an artistic coming together, an exercise in endurance, a call to all bodies that stand against bigotry, xenophobia, racism, sexism, and the destruction of our environment to act together.”

The Guerrilla Grafters joined forces with 100 Days Action to conduct a Guerrilla Grafting teach in at the Southern Exposure Gallery this weekend. We let folks practice making grafts, discussed best practices on the street, offered scions and starter kits.

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Guerrilla Grafters at Open Street Dork

Posted on September 2, 2015 by - Projects and Events

Open Street Dork was on Sunday and the Guerrilla Grafters popped by to share our manual and talk about the problems and opportunities for cultivating an edible urban wilderness. Artist Kal Spelletich was there too with a remote controlled robot made of roses, Rick Abruzzo talked about Figment… There was amazing poetry, passionate rants and ideas for how to resist the clutches of property.

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Margaretha Haughwout with the Guerrilla Grafters. Photo by Karen Marcelo.


Posted on September 2, 2015 by - Projects and Events

The Guerrilla Grafters attended ISEA2015, the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art in Vancouver, BC. We handed out guerrilla grafting kits, conducted grafting demos using fresh branches from ornamental street trees growing around Vancouver, and talked about ways we can share information about an accessible and edible urban wilderness without endangering it.





Photos by Adam Goodell