Life in the Soil

“Life in the Soil” Workshop March 7-9 2017
Directed by Amanda White, Alana Bartol, and Dr. Jennifer Willet
INCUBATOR Lab, School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor

Keynote Guests:
Robert Lovelace, Former chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (Global Development Studies, Queens University)
Ruth Lapp Farmer, (PhD candidate, Queens University)
Other Guests:
Dr. Maria Cioppa (Environmental Sciences, UofWindsor)
with Scott Wilkins and Adam Grahm (Coopers Hawk Vineyard)
Kacie Auffret Artist
Dr. Jeffrey Howard (Geology, Wayne State University)
Steve Green (Windsor Community Garden Network)
Nicole Clouston Artist (PhD candidate, Visual Arts, York University)
Anh Nguyen Chorographer (HNM Dance Centre, Windsor)
Therese Sims Upper Mohawk, Turtle Clan (Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre, Windsor)
Lisa Hirmer Artist

Life in the Soil is a three-day event presented by The Deep Earth Treatment Centre (DETC) featuring Interactive workshops, excursions, and participatory discussions led by artists, activists, farmers, and scholars who are each invested in the scientific, indigenous, embodied and practical knowledge about the vital nature of soils. The event aims to encourage public engagement and cross-disciplinary dialogue towards deepening our relationship with and understanding of the complexity of living soil and its importance to all life on earth. Life in the Soil will take place From March 7-9, 2017, hosted by the INCUBATOR Lab at The University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts. Participation is free and open to the public, however some events will have limited space and will require registration.

Life in the Soil is the inaugural event of the five-year research-creation project Bioart: Collaborating with Life funded by the SSHRC insight program and directed by Dr. Jennifer Willet. As the first in a series of annual events, we begin with a workshop involving presentations and activities that will connect participants to the liveness of soil; highlight art and science and indigenous perspectives on soil, and explore the ethics of interspecies collaborations. Thank you to our supporters: The University of Windsor, Interminus Research Group, And SSHRC the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Image Credits:
Life in the Soil Workshop Banner
Designed by Amanda White

Life in the Soil Workshop
Directed by Amanda White, Alana Bartol, and Jennifer Willet
Photo credit: Sixu (Shallen) Chen