Margaretha Haughwout enacts multispecies worlding, a “patterning of possible worlds,” which is a co-becoming that occurs through entanglements with other species. Haughwout collaborates with humans, and the more-than-human across ecologies and technologies to enact worlds that generate flourishing, presence, and relationship — and in doing so, antagonize proprietary regimes, colonial temporalities, and capitalist forms of labor. Installation, participatory event, walking tour, experimental pedagogy, intervention, speculative fabulation, and biological processes articulate instances of her worlding processes.
Haughwout’s active collaborations include The Coven Intelligence Program, with Efrén Cruz Cortés and Suzanne Husky, a coven that uncovers revolutionary ecologies between witches, plants, and machines; the Guerrilla Grafters, with Ian Pollock and Tara Hui: who graft fruit bearing branches onto non-fruit bearing, ornamental street trees in the urban environment; Trees of Tomorrow, a collaboration across numerous institutions in Flushing Queens that uncover the hidden politics of ornamental street trees; and the Coastal Reading Group with Bibi Calderaro: a group who troubles the subjects of wilderness, speciation, humanness and ways of knowing through diverse engagements with nonhumans.
Margaretha Haughwout’s personal and collaborative artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2019, she launched Grafters X Change, a bioregional scion exchange in Central New York, and her work was featured at Stadwerkstatt in Linz, Austria, at the Usdan Gallery at Bennington College, and as a part of SLSA’s Experimental Engagements exhibition. Haughwout received her MFA from the Digital Arts and New Media program at the University of California Santa Cruz, and is Assistant Professor of Digital Studio at Colgate University.
This event was published on January 13, 2020.