Oliver Kellhammer: Botanical Interventions – Open Source Landscape and Community Repair

Oliver Kellhammer

“I take biological systems and I remix them. In the way a DJ would remix music, I remix ecosystems and plants. Same principle.”

I was disappointed that Oliver Kellhammer’s course Open Source City ended up not happening, but was delighted to attend last week’s Eco-Art Salon lecture entitled Botanical Interventions – Open Source Landscape and Community Repair.

Oliver is a fantastic speaker: witty, engaging, humane and anarchic in the very best sense. In this talk he touches on many diverse themes — environmental art, community engagement, open source architecture — and weaves them into a synthetic whole through fascinating and often funny stories about his projects.

Oliver was kind enough to let me record audio, and I have tried to annotate it on a Soundcloud posting with links to background materials and photos. The links are embedded along the bottom of the Soundcloud player timeline. I’ve also enabled downloads.

Straight-up MP3 here (43 MB).

Many more resources at Oliver’s archive and Flickr sites, and his blog is definitely worth adding to your reader.

If anyone has ideas on how best to re-present or remix these materials, I’d be keen to discuss them with you.

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