Soil City @ Imagine2020 summer lab

Open Jar Collective took the Soil City project to London in June, for a workshop as part of the Imagine2020 Summer Lab organised by Arts Admin.

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We worked with a group of creative people from all over Europe who attend the lab to share ideas and experiences related art, climate change, participatory practice and the urban environment.

 

The workshop aimed to give the group a taste of all the different ways we had been exploring soil with groups in Glasgow and share what knowledge and experiences people had of their own soils. We also asked people to collect soil from sites around London during the week to bring to the workshop.

To contribute to a London perspective on soil we asked Mama D of Community Centred Knowledge to speak to the group. She curated a experience at Spitalfields City Farm involving sensory exploration, discussion and great food to explore our connection/disconnection to soil.

 

As to be expected from Open Jar Collective we started the workshop with preparing a nourishing soup together.

 

We also asked people to create a ‘soil tea’ by testing out different leaves, moss, flowers, bark, roots and seaweed to make a tea inspired by soil.

 

We then asked people to write from the perspective of the soils samples they had collected.

 

This led into a discussion about our dreams and possible actions for the protection of our soils. We used these discussions to create a series of posters in the style of the protest placard.

 

It was a thought provoking, intense and stimulating experience to participate in the lab and enthused us to keep thinking about how Soil City could continue and evolve.

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Soil City and Soil Memory Zine

Delighted to share the publication resulting from our residency in Madrid last summer with Matadero Madrid Study Group on Ecologies. It documents the processes and shares the conversations (in Spanish and English) about the soils of the river Manzanares – its past, present and future. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Hard copies are available from Matadero Madrid and Open Jar Collective.

Tides and Tributaries – Sunday 30th July

Join us for a walk and talk on Sunday 30th July as part of Scottish Sculpture Workshop Frontiers In Retreat programme at the CCA Glasgow.

Bringing together different strands from recent projects and collaborations Alex and Hannah from Open Jar Collective will be joined by artist Fernando Garcia-Dory for a walk and talk shaped by the flowing of water through the city. Along the walk we will share our methods and approaches to facilitating exchange in the projects INLAND and Soil City. Conversation will be stimulated and diverted by reflections on places and people visited along the route. The walk will take in a number of sites that provoke thinking about borders, edges, commons and knowledge exchange.

Meeting at the CCA at 11am we will begin with a short introduction to Soil City and INLAND before we get the subway under the Clyde to visit sites in Govan including the Galgael project.
For more information and to book your place in this workshop: here

Read more about interweaving strands of our work with Fernando on the SSW blog

Declaration for Soils

A couple of weeks ago we hosted an afternoon and evening of food and discussion at Kinning Park Complex to explore how we value soil and what opportunities there are for collective action to protect it as a resource. The event was part of Soil City, a project by Open Jar Collective to reimagine the city as if soil matters, and was presented in association with Glasgow Local Food Network and the CCA’s Intentions in Actions programme.

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We started with a Soil Soup workshop.  People brought a selection of ingredients, soil samples, stories and words.  We wrote histories and imagined narratives from the perspective of our soil samples, followed by a shared a meal.

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In the evening we were joined by journalist Karin Goodwin, to explore what a declaration, manifesto, or statement about soil might involve.  We asked the questions: What do we know about soil?  What are our hopes and visions?  What actions can we take?

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In the group of people assembled – including scientists, artists, local growers – we found a strong interest and desire to continue this conversation about creating a Declaration for Soils.  In the New Year we hope to develop these ideas further and invite more people to join this conversation and work towards collective actions to protect our soils, while looking ahead to the World Congress of Soil Science which will be held in Glasgow in 2022.

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What do we know?

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What are our hopes and dreams?

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What are our next steps?

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Soil City Zine

We are really looking forward to launching our Soil City Zine next week at Not by the Book, 10 years of the Radical Independent Bookfair Project in the Intermedia Gallery in the CCA Glasgow.

The Soil City Lab will be popping up from 4 – 6pm with activities including soil printing and fermenting followed by the launch of the Soil City Zine 6 – 8pm, documenting our research and conversations so far. Thanks to all our contributors and Design by Zag for all the work that has gone into it.

Check out all the other fantastic events which are part of the programme.

 

Our Land Festival: Soil City Bike Tour

As part of Our Land Festival 2016, we invite you to join us for a free bike tour of the East End of Glasgow, where we’ll be asking the questions: Who owns the land? Who uses the land? Who benefits from the land? Explore the city’s industrial past, the connections between dereliction and people’s health, and the potential of plants to remediate contaminated soils. Join us for drawing, writing, visioning and conversation about the kind of Glasgow we’d like to see. Soil City is a long term project initiated by Open Jar Collective, to reimagine the city as if soil matters. For more info go to www.soilcity.org.uk

Meeting outside the People’s Palace at 11am, the tour will involve a gentle cycle on roads and riverside paths, with a number of stops along the way, covering a total distance of approximately 8 miles, returning to Glasgow Green by 3pm. All participants must be proficient at cycling, bring their own bike and helmet. Children 12 years and over who are confident cyclists are welcome to join too. You’ll also need to bring a packed lunch, suitable clothing and waterproofs. Hot refreshments provided. Further details of the cycle route coming soon.

Book your free place on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soil-city-bike-tour-tickets-26680002606

Soil City Field Notes

April was an intense, inspiring and rewarding month. The launch of Soil City was really successful and we couldn’t have anticipated how much people wanted to talk about soil.

We’ve documented the journey so far in the field notes section of the Soil City website. Please have a read of the wealth of activity, responses and reflection that came out of the Soil City programme during Glasgow International.

Thank you to all the people who contributed and made it possible.

We will we sending out an update soon about future plans for Soil City.

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