Making Soil Contact
click on locations to follow the soil journeys
Inge Agnete Tarpgaard,
soil as repository
[preface] acquire a large glass jar with lid or similar vessel
soil as habitat
choose a patch of earth. this place can be special to you, it can be of cultural or historical importance, environmental significance or simply the memory of the land.
soil as labour
dig a small hole in the ground. fill the jar with the soil you are digging
give the jar of soil to someone you trust. this person will be performing the same task you have just completed
open a conversation about the soil in the jar…
as the next soil care-taker you must also choose a patch of earth.
soil as material
dig a hole and replace half the contents of the jar with your chosen soil (mix it well)
soil as artistic medium
document the process, soil exchanges, stories.
repeat these actions, mixing earth and soil exchange, until the jar has enough soils to tell its own story