Soil City is a space for conversation, participatory research and knowledge exchange. By engaging with the citizens of Glasgow and a wider community of scientists, artists, activists and academics, we hope to gain a better understanding of the relationship between healthy soil and healthy people. We’ll be exploring how inequalities within society are reflected in the way land is used or remains ‘vacant’. By reframing soil as a valuable collective resource we aim to play a role in challenging economic, environmental, and health inequalities in Glasgow. You can expect to find explorations of soil culture through the alchemy of composting, growing, foraging, fermenting, brewing and cooking, as hospitality and sharing food together are at the core of Open Jar Collective’s approach, and living soil is what supports our nourishment.
During Glasgow International (8th – 25th April, 2016) we’ll undertake our first period of field research, roving around the city on bikes equipped with a bespoke testing kit to engage people in soil assessments, worm surveys, clay collection, plant identification, mini archaeological digs, and conversations about our relationship to the land. The information gathered will be displayed in the Soil City Laboratory, 3 Osborne Street, Glasgow G1 5QN.
Open daily 11am-3pm throughout the festival, the Lab will act as a central space for sharing and analysing data, as we begin to build a visual picture of Glasgow as a soil city. You’re invited to view the evolving exhibition, take part in experiments, contribute to the discussion, delve into our library, and bring in your own soil sample to add to the collection. The Lab will also host a programme of talks, walks, screenings and workshops.
Field research notes and reflections will be published online daily. At the end of Glasgow International we aim to identify strategies for ongoing collaboration, research and community action to address issues of soil stewardship and land rights.
Join in the conversation about soil – what it is, what it does and why it matters