Falmouth University hosts: Soil Culture Forum 2 – 5 July 2014
The four-day event at Falmouth University’s Woodlane campus is the culmination of research led by the University, funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The Soil Culture Forum brings together the visual and literary arts to help raise awareness on the importance of soil and foster an appreciation of its vital importance to humanity and the biosphere.
The Soil Culture project is an ambitious programme led by the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World in collaboration with the RANE (Research in Art, Nature and Environment) group. The Forum held on 2 – 5 July completes the first phase of the Soil Culture project, which will run in several phases between 2013 and 2016.
Two days will be dedicated to the visual arts (3 and 4 July), and will involve a series of creative workshops, talks and presentations that promote creative and sensorial ways of knowing soil. The final day (5 July) will focus on the cultural narratives that are a conceptual part of soil and, indeed, of ourselves. All attendees at the forum are invited to submit a presentation in the PechaKucha format.
Today, soils are threatened by several forms of degradation including loss of natural nutrients and bio-diversity caused by contamination, compaction, erosion, flooding and salinisation. This event provides a platform for dialogue, widening public understanding and revitalizing our relationship with soil – a resource on which the whole of civilization depends, but which many take for granted.
For more information visit the Soil Culture website.