The Coastal Reading Group hosts readers from different literal and metaphorical coasts who trouble the subjects of wilderness, speciation, humanness and ways of knowing through diverse engagements with non-humans.

Bibi Calderaro is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist and researcher whose work has been shown internationally since 1995 and most recently at PS1 MoMA and MinusSpace, NY. Curious about intersubjectivity and the possibilities of communication and change, she employs a range of media and performative actions with a focus on walking. Recent projects include collaborative walks in New York City and Argentina; the curatorial project Notations, the Cage Effect Today with J.Pissarro, M.Yun and J.Grinblatt at the Hunter College Galleries, NY; What Mushroom? What Leave? in collaboration with Grinblatt and Light-on-Air Projects; Librioteca Pineal, at CIA Centro, Buenos Aires,, among others. She is currently pursuing research at CUNY Graduate Center, NY.

Margaretha Haughwout‘s personal and collaborative artwork moves across technology and wilderness, digital networks and the urban commons, cybernetics and whole systems permaculture to antagonize proprietary regimes. Her collaborations include APRIORI, the Guerrilla Grafters, Trees of Tomorrow, and the Coastal Reading Group. Haughwout has been awarded numerous grants for community based art works, and her personal and collaborative artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Haughwout received her MFA from the Digital Art and New Media program at the University of California Santa Cruz, her Permaculture Design Certificate from the Urban Permaculture Institute, has studied with numerous herbalists including Matthew Wood. She holds a certificate from the California School of Herbal Studies. In her classes as Assistant Professor of Digital Studio at Colgate University, she draws connections to legacies in conceptual art, new media art, and collaboration, in order to foster distributed, artistic approaches to the interconnected issues of our time/s.

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