Soil Feeder: Fermenting My Everyday
2012-4 ‧ Organic Garden of Australian National University, Canberra
- Ecosanitation as life practice ‧ composting research ‧ bio-pedagogic storytelling ‧ Black Soils
Collaboration with Gardens & Grounds, ANUgreen Sustainability Office, The Dirty Beanstalk, David Freudenberger, Karina Bontes Forward, Paul D’Arcy, and Hermann Paulenz.
In this two-year long, homemaking research, human ecology was explored on the most intimate level. Starting with minimal gardening expertise, returning human ‘waste’ sensitively back to the soil entailed foremost adeptness in the negotiations with campus facility management, environmental scientists, marginalised knowledges, and fellow student gardeners. The processes involved radically subjected personal life routines to seasonal rhythms, interexistent intuition, and fermentation successions of the Terra Preta cultivation method.
Soil Feeder was motivated by the quest to reclaim the agricultural potential of the human body and bring metabolic byproducts back to where they belong: the soil. Circumventing sanitation logistics and conventions, integrative fermentation was applied to grow new life out of toilet and kitchen ‘waste’.