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Sowing the Future: The Next Epoch Seed Library

May 20, 2021 , 6:00pm 7:00pm

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NESL’s Lawn Lab at Wheaton College for the exhibition In the Weeds: Art and the Natural World, Fall 2019. Photo by Elizabeth Hoy. 

Presenters: Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco

The Next Epoch Seed Library (NESL) is an artist-run institution focused on collecting, saving, and sharing the seeds of wild urban plants (aka weeds). From sculptural installations and workshops to zines and rewilding interventions, they work to create connections between plants and people in landscapes heavily impacted by human activity. In this talk, Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco will discuss how they founded and developed NESL, as well as their recent projects like the Deep Time Seed Burial series and ongoing Lawn (Re)Disturbance Laboratory. Through these experiential, public-facing projects, the NESL centers our plant neighbors as key participants in the struggle for ecologically just urban habitats. Artists Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco founded NESL in 2016. Based in Jersey City and Brooklyn, the project also has a semi-permanent home in Troy, New York at the Sanctuary for Independent Media’s NATURE Lab.

This conversation is part of our series of virtual programs about the horticulture and wildlife of Green-Wood, Zooming in on Nature

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