Soil Culture Forum

Montag, Daro and Osmond, Matthew and Allen, Jude (2014) Soil Culture Forum. [Conference]

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Official URL: http://soilculture.wordpress.com/

Abstract / Summary

Over four days at Falmouth University’s Woodlane campus in July 2014, the RANE research group in collaboration with The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) led the Soil Culture Forum. The forum, which was attended by over 90 delegates, focused on the ways in which the arts could help to raise awareness and an appreciation for the plight of global soils.

Soil is a material on which – even in the age of the internet – the whole of civilization depends. Along with clean air and fresh water, it is one of the fundamental components that support life on this planet. Without a healthy layer of soil, life and human society as we know it would not be able to function. Along with most of Earth’s natural resources soil can be considered finite; it is non-renewable on a human time scale.

Despite our knowledge of this fact, mankind continues to misuse and abuse this fundamental matrix of life. Climate change and pollution, erosion and desertification are all having a devastating impact. Although the word ‘culture’ has its metaphorical roots in the improvement of soil, we have lost that fundamental connection, and healthy soil is disappearing fast.

Inspiring people through art and literature on environmental issues can do what conventional advocacy often struggles to do: kindle the imagination, open minds to creative possibilities and engage communities. The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW), in collaboration with Falmouth University’s RANE (Research in Art, Nature and Environment) research group and MA Art & Environment; and other national and international partnerships, is delivering a programme of events during 2013 – 2016. These exhibitions, residencies, workshops and socially engaged activities, which include the Soil Culture Forum, will re-examine the cultural and environmental importance of soil and the underlying issues.

Item Type: Conference
Subjects: Arts > Architecture
Arts > Ceramics
Arts > Craft
Arts > Drawing
Fashion & Textiles
Arts > Geographic
Arts > Graphic Arts
Arts > Illustration
Arts > Fine Art
Arts > Photography
Arts > Religion
Research
Science
Arts > Sculpture
Arts > Symbolism, allegory, myth & legend
Writing & Journalism
Courses by Department: The Falmouth School of Art > Art
The Falmouth School of Art > Illustration
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Depositing User: Daro Montag
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2014 10:02
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2017 10:10
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/667

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