Grafters X Change 2024: Anguish and Glory

Saturday, March 23, 2024 11am to 4pm

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  • Sunday, March 24, 2024 11am to 4pm

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March 23: Paul J Schupf Studio Art Center (54 Montgomery St., Hamilton, N.Y.) 
March 24: Button City (887 Spurr St., New Berlin, N.Y.)

Grafters X Change is a bioregional eco-art event where fruit tree enthusiasts throughout Central New York converge to share scionwood and seeds, skills, fruit foods, and art projects in a collaborative and interdisciplinary setting. Held just before prime tree grafting season, fruit tree growers trade their pruned tree branches with other growers, expanding the range of fruits they grow, and learning about the varietals best suited for their region. This event includes workshops and demonstrations from bioregional agriculturists and technologists and seeks to illustrate how 21st-century arts practice can intervene in interrelated conversations about local resiliency, the anthropocene, and climate change.
This year’s theme: anguish and glory. We draw from Matthew Fuller and Olga Goriunova’s conception of glory as moments when the flower is pollinated, moments of fruition, of becoming through beauty and mutual interest, and a conception of anguish as the inverse, where “parallel adaptations do not occur and no relations of beauty spring up. … As when an animal stamps upon an orchid, and a wasp is killed by out-of-season snow, anguish is not a product of encounters that are absolutely random yet their undreamed logic changes the unfolding of the future.” This year participants are invited to think about the ways anguish and glory permeate their ecological work. Or, just come and trade some scions and have some soup. We can't wait to see you and learn about the trees you know!

Organized by Margaretha Haughwout with Lou Goldfinch, Grafters X Change emerges out of, and exists in solidarity with, the Guerrilla Grafters, a self-selected international workforce that graft fruit bearing branches onto non-fruit bearing, ornamental fruit trees in urban and post-industrial landscapes.
Visit for the full schedule and call 1-888-GRRRAFT or email to share your news. If you have complementary events, shares, writings, trees, etc. please let us know!

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