Traces from the Anthropocene: Working with Soil

Riikka Latva-Somppi, Maarit Mäkelä, Özgü Gündeşlioğlu Demir

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Awareness of environmental issues, such as climate change and microplastics, has raised general concern about the state of the environment. Only recently has the discussion tackled the consequences of the human imprint in the contamination of the soil appropriately. In this artistic research, we use soil as the material mediator to explore and communicate the intertwined relationship between humans and the environment. This study combines environmental research with ceramic practice. We discuss how ceramic practitioners can use their knowledge and skill to meaningfully engage in the environmental discourse. The study was inspired by the call for Research Pavilion #3, which was organised by the University of the Arts, Helsinki, to be a place for ongoing artistic research during May-August 2019 in the context of the Venice Biennale. Working with Soilwas presented as an ongoing research project taking place before and during the high season of Research Pavilion #3 in one of the six research cells: Traces from the Anthropocene.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages27
JournalRUUKKU: Studies in Artistic Research
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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