8 sep 201730 sep 2017

The exhibition SOIL is based on the exploration of soil as an artistic research material. Through a materialistic ground study, mainly from soil taken from a suburban home in Herlev, Denmark. Here, five artists have been invited to experiment with this area’s subsoil and other earthly materials. Not only to connect with the different states, agents, organisms, but as well to nuance knowledge and cultural constructions of Soil. In the words of the artist and curator of the show:

Instant HERLEV institute, soil excavation, August 2017. Pressefoto

“Soil, time, as humans, we meet time and get the time of the earth.
Plants create the real time of the Soil.”
– Anja Franke

With this poetic reading in mind, the exhibition aims to dynamically and practically explore soil with the purpose of creating new understandings of the state of the Earth and our human relation to it. Where Earth as material, encompasses a wide range of meanings ranging from a set of abstract ideas to its use and meaning, such as its ownership or tracing into territories or as a vital phenomenon and resource. Where the soil’s real perishability and organic processes for the future of food production entails also the survival of soil. Not forgetting that the use of soil for religious or occult rituals is a reenactment of our mortality with the very ground itself.

Soil has also become a key element of our resource system, where we extract fossil fuels, minerals and natural gas, and push the biocapacity or nature’s own capacity to sustain human life to extremes. In this sense, Soil is treated as a kind of basic form for both systems of nature and culture and our exhibition investigates what occurs across these functions and structures.

Therefore, the exhibition invited the artists to research and conduct aesthetic experiments on land taken or given directly from InstantHerlev institute’s own exhibition site. Mainly on the basis of a non-site exhibition principle as so generously theorized by Robert Smithson. Which in short means creating art from the land, dug up from the private subfloor of a suburb in Denmark, and exhibiting its research outcomes into an art space in central Copenhagen.

Kilde: SixtyEight Art Institute

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