GOINGS ON IN THE CACTUS STORE AND NONHUMAN TEACHERS UNIVERSE....
June 21st (NYC) 7PM - 10PM
Lecture: Alexander Liebermann & "Pigeon Pat" McCarthy
We're thrilled to host these two New York-based artists whose work uniquely involves collaboration with birds. The artists and some of their winged counterparts will join us in the West Room of Nine Orchard for drinks, conversation and multimedia presentations on their respective work.
June 8th (LA) 7:45PM - 10:45PM
Lecture: HOW TO BE AN ARTIST WHILE THE WORLD IS ENDING
We've invited curator Laura Copelin and filmmaker David Fenster to share their work and unique perspective on this question, with special video appearances by Chilean artist/poet Cecilia Vicuna and author/ecological systems designer Nance Klehm, who each made videos specifically for this event. Also, artist and medicine maker, Saewon Oh, has concocted a custom flower essence for this special evening. A sensorial feast that you won't want to miss!
May 25th (LA) 8PM - 10PM
Lecture: Peter Warshall & The Maniacal Naturalist Society
Parker Hatley, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology and Critical Media Practice at Harvard University and the editor of Peter Warshall: Squirrels on Earth and Stars Above, forthcoming from Edition HS (Zurich, Switzerland) in Spring 2023, will be discussing the life and work of Peter Warshall (1940-2013), an everythingist ecologist, bioanthropologist, environmentalist, essayist, self-described “maniacal naturalist” and community servant. We're excited to have Parker in from Guatemala to present on one of our heroes!
May 19th (NYC) 7PM - 10PM
Music performance: GREEN-HOUSE
*This performance will take place after Cactus Store lecture on The Nature/ Culture Cross-Dissolve.
Green-House is the ambient electronic project of Olive Ardizoni and Michael Flanagan, one that they describe as “a love letter to Japanese environmental music, 70’s library records, and early synth-based composers.” These songs were born from private compositions, which grew into a collection of songs for the inner lives of houseplants, then into more densely detailed compositions but with the same verdant quintessence.
May 19th (NYC) 7PM - 10PM
Lecture: The Nature/ Culture Cross-Dissolve
To kick off this season's events series, come to Cactus Store's multimedia presentation on the pourous boundary between nature & culture as it relates to natural selection and symbiosis. This is followed by a performance by LA based Ambient duo Green-House.
May 19th (NYC) 10pm - 1am
Opening: CACTUS STORE
Come help us celebrate the opening of our 6th season on the Lower East Side @ 5 Essex St.
April 9, 2023 (LA) 7:30PM - 10PM
Watership Down Easter Screening
Watership Down (1978) is an animated feature about a collective of anthropomorphic rabbits that are facing threat of human development, predation, and violence. It follows these brave bunnies as they search for a new home (spoiler alert: rabbid rabbit violence and new-age spirituality ensue). Watership Down is often credited with inspiring a generation of conservationists by depicting a fragile natural environment threatened by human activity.
March 30, 2023 (LA) 7:30PM - 10PM
CANE TOADS (1988), a screening and Q&A with Mark Lewis.
Famously one of Werner Herzog's favorite films, CANE TOADS (1988) gives a toad's-eye-view of one of Earth's most invasive species, Humans. Nobody does nature docs like the legendary Mark Lewis, and we're absolutely delighted to have him here from Mullumbimby Australia to screen and talk about his work. YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!