Hollyhock Presenters

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Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

People smiling at Activate 2023 Hollyhock Leadership Institute

AM Kanngieser

AM Kanngieser is an award-winning geographer, sound artist and Marie Curie Research Fellow in Geography at Royal Holloway University of London. They work through listening and attunement to approach the relations between people, place and ecologies, combining oral testimony, poetry, and voice with hyper-detailed soundscapes and fieldrecordings to create immersive installations and radio art pieces. They are the author of Experimental Politics and the Making of Worlds (2013) and Between Sound and Silence: Listening towards Environmental Relations (forthcoming), and have published in a range of interdisciplinary journals including South Atlantic Quarterly and WIREs Climate Change. They are a co-founder of the Institute for Freshwater Fish Futures and work extensively in collaboration with Pacific storytellers, artists, advocates and grassroots organisers. Their audio work has been commissioned by Documenta 14 Radio, BBC 3, ABC Radio National, The Natural History Museum London, and Deutschland Radio, amongst others. Their radio art piece “And Then The Sea Came Back” was Jury nominated for the 2017 Prix Ars Electronica, and they have been featured in international arts and music publications including The Wire: Adventures in Sound and Music, Quietus, Transmediale, Outline and Art Quarterly magazines.