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Soil City a new Open Jar Collective project

Soil City

Excited to be working on the next Open Jar Collective project Soil City, which will be launched with a period of ‘field research’ during Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (GI). Soil City is a long term project initiated by Open Jar Collective, engaging with the citizens of Glasgow and a wider community of scientists, artists and activists, to re-imagine the city as if soil mattered. Read more here

I’m fascinated by glimpses beneath the construction of the city, the sense of how much goes on under our feet without us thinking about it. We rarely think of soil as part of the ecology of the city, just a material on which to build or nurture in pockets as gardens or parks. As a gardener I’ve engaged with the matter of soil and what makes a good growing medium and I am looking forward to getting to grips with the idea of soil as a collective resource, not just for growing food but sustaining live in general.

 

WochenKlausur project in Glasgow

For the month of February I am have become part of the WochenKlausur team based at the CCA, joining Martine, Claudia and Karol from Austria.

WochenKlausur was invited by Kirsten Lloyd and Angela Dimitrakaki, curators of the “ECONOMY” exhibition presented at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow and Stills Gallery in Edinburgh to do a residency on the theme of participatory economics.

Using the Creative Lab space as an office for the month we are working intensively (WochenKlausur, an invented word translates approximately as a weeks closed situation or focused working session) to collaborate with a group of women in Drumchapel to set up a business that addresses employment and health needs in the community. The local partner for the project is Drumchapel L.I.F.E, a health and wellbeing organisation and we are pulling together a team of professionals, experts and like minded individuals and organisations to work with the women to give them business advice and mentoring to practical skills and support.

WochenKlausur have been working as a collective for the last 20 years and have worked on projects round the world conducting social interventions for example a clinic for drug addicts, a cinema for immigrants and language classes for refugees of the Kosovo war.

The Creative Lab is open for visitors Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 2 – 6pm throughout February. Drop in and have a chat about what we are up to.

 

Research trip to London

I recently took a trip to London to see for myself what was happening around urban agriculture in the capital city. I was inspired by examples from two recent books I have read ‘Hungry Cities’, Carolyn Steel and ‘Food and the City’, Jennifer-Cockrall King.

I’ll add some commentary to them but in the short term I wanted to share images of the places I went.

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