Sensing soil health

Initiator

Clare McCracken

Collaborators

Rebecca Najdowski, Polly Stanton, Nichole Bilson

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Sensing Soil Health


Almost all terrestrial life on Earth depends on soil – from microorganism through to plants and animals – yet, as Tim Ingold has noted, modern cities insulate us from sensing soil (2004). This project used diverse forms of creative practice to render soil’s aliveness tangible: to ask how can creative practitioners render soil health visible? Acoustic emissions, creative writing, datasets and AI and the highly trained olfactory of a sommelier collaborated to demonstrate how soil health can be heard, smelt, felt, and seen.