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Social Design: Student Projects

MARIANNE DREWS

SOILS IN RESIDENCY

Global soil loss is not only an ecological problem but also a cultural, social and political issue. SOILS IN RESIDENCY is a reaction to the current threat of “Peak Soil” and seeks to materialise a new culture of soils at local and global scales. The project explores the transplantation of soils as a potential approach to revive and alter soils for specific produce, without artificial influence, while challenging societal frameworks such as the own-

ership of resources. A physical intervention combines techniques from different contexts, including chromatography, a soil imaging method mainly

used by farmers in the Global South, and soil transplant tests normally hidden behind closed laboratory doors. Soils of different origins and agri-

cultural treatments are inoculated in a test plot that is designed as a bio-

geographical map. Mirrored and monitored through soil chroma images, the results build up to an analogue and virtual archive of knowledge, displaying the multiple soil potentials and interactions of a specific zone.

By fusing art and science, the project challenges conventional ways of engaging and interacting with soil. It creates a transdisciplinary platform facilitating the exchange of knowledge and the sharing of the soil as resource. Seeking to create future visions to confront the impoverishment of our grounds, SOILS IN RESIDENCY is a pilot project that aims to scale up its impact by establishing further test plots across the world.

SOILS IN RESIDENCY