Collaborative Works > Life in the Soil

Life in the Soil was a 3-day event that focused on creating dialogue with and between publics on intersecting issues in ecology. Workshops, performances, talks, and discussions were led by artists, activists, farmers, scientists, and scholars invested in the scientific, indigenous, embodied and practical knowledge about the vital nature of soils. Life in the Soil was developed and presented with Jennifer Willet and Amanda White at the University of Windsor, School for Creative Arts. This work was funded by a SSHRC Insight grant.

Sleeping on Soil was an 7 hour overnight performance in which I slept on Soil Bed, a bed of contaminated soil in the Lebel Gallery, School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor. Soil Bed, was a participatory installation created by artists Alana Bartol and Amanda White. Audiences were asks to bring a soil sample from a site with real or perceived contamination to contribute to the bed of local soil. Throughout the event the public was invited to engage with and respond to the bed of soil through experimental gestures, actions, or exchanges as symbolic or actual steps towards empathy and remediation.