Deep Earth Treatment Centre > Life in the Soil, March 7-9, 2017

Soil Bed, installation view
Soil Bed, installation view

Soil Bed, was a participatory installation comprised of locally purchased commercial top-soil placed in a wooden frame the size of a queen bed (60 x 80 inches). Before the event, the DETC invited participants to collect a soil sample from a 'contested' site anywhere in the country. This was open to interpretation. From March 6-9, 2017 a small amount of each sample was mixed into the soil bed. Audiences and artists were invited to engage with and respond to the bed of soil through experimental gestures, actions, or exchanges as symbolic or actual steps towards remediation. Performances included sleeping on soil, performing reiki on soil, burying various objects, various type of contact with the soil (physical, emotional, and psychological), and an expecting mother reading to her unborn child.

remediation
:the act or process of remedying
remedies
1: a medicine, application, or treatment that relieves or cures a disease
2: something that corrects or counteracts
3: the legal means to recover a right or to prevent or obtain redress for a wrong