Permacounterculture @ Hamiltonian gallery

Place: Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC

From August 13 - September 10, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 13th. 630-10pm


Taking its namesake from the notion of 'Permaculture', an agricultural system characterized by its reciprocal self-sufficiency and community ethics, this exhibition creates a unique ecosystem revolving around the U Street community, DC's punk scene and urban farming

Hamiltonian Gallery will be transformed into a music venue, in which a series of punk shows will be hosted inside a garage-like structure that doubles as a greenhouse for growing wheatgrass.  Sound waves from the punk music coupled with the increased exhalation of carbon dioxide from the showgoers will circulate air around the plants. In return, the plants will accelerate the production of oxygen for the punk celebration. The plants will then be converted into nutritious wheatgrass shots that will be offered to the public on a weekly basis.

By drawing from the shared intensity and raw energy of wheatgrass and punk culture, “Permacounterculture” highlights the mutually beneficial ecosystem formed by the two, which in turn extends to our everyday life. Simultaneously, we inclusively energize the wider DC community as they partake in the holistic benefits of this communal wheatgrass shot.


The Permacounterculture punk show series will be open to all ages. Doors at 6:30PM, shows 7:00PM. Suggested donation of $5 - 10 for local bands is appreciated.


Thursday, August 25 : EARTH GIRLS + SEM HASTRO + BBC

Friday, September 9 : VIDEO PRICKS + IRON CAGES + 1 more TBA


Project Management by: Nicole Dowd and Rebekah Pineda

Contributions by: 
Sarah O'Donoghue, Chris Moore, Kohei Urakami, Alexander Dowd, Sarah Puralewski, Tef Reese, Emanuel Cooper, Beck Levy, Hannah Eliasoph, Kenzi Waddell, Hillary Rochon, Andy Clark, Joana Stilwell, Farrah Skeiky, Joseph Shaikewitz and many more!

Support from:  
The Awesome Foundation DC
City Orchard: Bread for the City
DC Punk Archive
Damaged City

In-Kind Support from
Washington Project for the Arts  
The Home Depot (Rhode Island Ave, DC)
&Pizza (U street, DC)
Mellow Mushroom (Adams Morgan, DC)
Timber Pizza Co.