On June 30, the talk “As Above/So Below” (#BiomoddBRG13) produced and moderated by CEI-Iscte researcher, Ana Margarida Esteves, took place.
This initiative was included in the development of the #BiomoddBRG13 project, which features an installation produced by the SEADS network, in which Ana Margarida Esteves participates. This event was broadcasted for free by livestreaming, and can be reviewed here.
Soil, often associated with dirt and decay, is the very foundation of life. It is a site of creative chaos, where the four foundational elements – Earth, Water, Air and Fire – meet and interact.
In the last decades, deforestation, industrialized agriculture and geopolitical conflict have led to unprecedented levels of soil erosion around the globe.
Community-led initiatives for sustainability transition (ecovillages/transition towns/permaculture initiatives), community-developed art installations and analog space missions/outer life support research for space have produced a considerable amount of knowledge and technology aimed at producing or regenerating soil in adverse environments: disrupted terrestrial ecosystems and the life-threatening conditions of outer space. It’s these extreme contexts that force us to rethink accepted relationships between living organisms, humans and their environment, and come up with new configurations.
This talk promoted a dialogue between artists, scholars, activists and social entrepreneurs on regenerative approaches to the relationship between humans and soil.
Learn more about the panel here.
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