Weed and Seed Walk


Sunday, August 14, 2022

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

SUNDAY, August 14th 11am-12:30pm
Meet at Interference Archive

Join Interference Archive and the Next Epoch Seed Library for a weed and seed walk in Gowanus. We’ll identify and interact with the weedy, urban-adapted plant species that have made a home in the cracks and fissures of this rapidly changing industrial landscape. Along the way we’ll collect and re-distribute the seeds of evening primrose (Oenothera biennis), a medicinal, pollinator-friendly species whose insect companions benefit from gene flow between isolated primrose populations. As we interact with these urban-adapted species we’ll consider the connections between climate justice and human-plant reciprocity.

Following the walk, we’ll return to the archive and consider intersections between the Gowanus Seed and Weed Walk and our current exhibition Our Streets! Our City! Self Determination and Public Space. We’ll have the opportunity to map our walk and discuss the legacy of urban environmentalism, reclaimed industrial landscapes, and the community gardens movement.

The Next Epoch Seed Library (NESL) is an artist-run seed saving project focused on novel, spontaneous, and adaptable plants. Founded in 2015 by artists Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco the project involves multiple collaborators and focuses on collecting, storing and sharing seeds from plants that tend to live in close association with dense human populations or in areas heavily impacted by human activity. Through presentations, workshops, seed-swaps and exhibitions, NESL encourages viewers and participants to engage with their local habitat and reflect on their own role in the adaptation and success of these plants. Based in Troy, NY, Ellie Irons is an interdisciplinary artist and educator with a focus on building plant-human solidarity in urban ecosystems. Anne Percoco, based in Jersey City, NJ, is an environmental artist who focuses on overlooked plants, places, and materials.

The Our Streets! Our City! exhibition is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.