HUMUS.Sapiens on TOUR

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FUTURE: HUMUS sapiens - Open Soil research

we are currently still safe with the past wemakeit campagen, so to say, we have another (2 or 3) humus sapiens projects insight this current year.

We plan to catch two birds with one trap and are pushing towards the idea of having a event in luzern (HSLU) from the 21-23.09.2018

then moving on to Stuttgart to Kunstverein Waagenhalle from the 26.-29.09.2018

with a possibility for a dissemination in Zurich till the 03.10.2018 with a talk at Kulturfolger, a local Artspace.


HUMUSSapiens and the Life-Cycle of Soil, Food and Microplastics. Let's grow, dig, cook, eat, and think about the food-chain.

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Soil-Geeking with Matt, Yogyakarta

See more on CO2 Soil Respiration Chamber and Soil Geeking @ Lifepatch with Matt. Also some info on the hackteria blog.

HUMUS sapiens in Africa | Mozambique and Tanzania

School garden, science fair and soil profile,...

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soil analysis for a permaculture project on zanzibar:

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Field_Notes 2018 | Kilpisjärvi

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HUMUS SAPIENS meets PTwist, Lucerne

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When: 21. - 23. September 2018


  • FabLab Lucerne
  • Naherholunsgebiet Allmend [1]
  • Gaudi's Schrebergarten [2]


Lab Inauguration (Saturday, 22. September 2018)

Micro-Plastic Session (Sunnday, 23. September 2018)

  • Building Centrifuges
  • Extracting Micro-plastic
  • Excursion, Sampling soil
  • Microscopy and Extraction

Humusapiens im GaudiLabs (Monday, 24.-24. September 2018)

Links: [Slam on Microplastics]

Kunstverein Waagenhalle, Stuttgart

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Link to think about further ideas: [[3]]

26.-29.09.2018 WORKSHOPS and DISCUSSIONS
30.9.-11.10.2018 EXHIBITION
im Kunstverein Wagenhalle /TAUT, Stuttgart
register here for workshops:

with Emanuela Ascari, CROMA-LAB

Two days workshop

27.9. thursday 10-18h 28.9. friday 15-18h
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Circular Chromatography is a chemical method to create soil testing through a photographic process. It is a DIY-method, cheap and available and is used amongst biodynamic farmers to visualize the vitality of soils. The Circular Chromatogrpahy method creates drawings which can be visually interpreted as paintings, and by comparison. The workshop intends to shift attention from a quantitative modality to a quality of seeing and thinking.

Together with Emanuela Ascari from Croma-Lab we develop during a two days workshop our own soil chromatographies which then can be interpreted by visual comparison in the group. To participate please bring along a sample of soil from your interest (urban garden, commodified soil, polluted soil, farmland soil, home garden soil). Seats available up to 8 participants.

Collecting instructions: the earth has to be taken from about 20-25 cm below the surface, in the quantity of at least one handful, and to be dried not in the sun. It has to be completely dried.

mikroBIOMIK Soil Microscopy Workshop
with Julian Chollet and Josephine Blersch 26th September, 12-15h

Far more than just the dirt under our feet, soil is a truly complex and dynamic ecosystem. It is a constantly changing mix of minerals, living organisms, decaying organic matter, air and water. It is the living skin of our planet, allowing new forms of life to come into being, incorporating the nutrients left there by organisms of the past. Soil is bursting with life and can be vastly different from one square cm to the next. From plants, earthworms, insects and fungi to the invisible amoeba, nematodes, algae and bacteria – each creature provides their own essential role in the soil ecosystem.

This workshop is about playful learning, curiosity driven research, muddy hands and the exploration of a miniature universe. We will go out to collect samples, learn how to prepare them and use microscopes to dive into the world of those marvelous creatures.

Just bring your own sample (if you want), curiosity and at least 2 hours of your precious time…

Fermenting Speculative Food (Hi)stories
hands-on fermentation & speculative fiction workshop
with Marketa Dolejšová and Maya Minder

one day workshop 29th September, 10-18h

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The workshop Fermenting Speculative Food Histories invites you to experiment with various hands-on fermentation techniques and make your own jars with microbial delicacies like kombucha and kefir. Workshop initiators Maya and Marketa will share methods, ideas, grains, and scobies that they gathered during their fermented trips around South-East Asia, Switzerland, Central Bohemia, Tasmania and Indonesia. Understanding fermentation as an intrinsically speculative act, we will complement the hands-on workshop with collaborative crafting of fictional food stories. Using techniques drawn from speculative and critical design, we will explore the diverse and uncertain histories of the age-old fermentation tradition and extend them with our own speculative interpretations.

In the Caucasus people say that kefir was first made by Gods who ejaculated into the milk. Chinese rice wine makers prevent their wine jars to come in contact with menstruating women. The blood, they believe, is too disturbing for the yeast. Many Bohemian fermenters talk nicely to their bubbling jars to help the ferments grow. But what if all that isn’t exactly true? What if rice wine yeast actually loves blood? What do all those Bohemians actually whisper to their ferments - are they using their jars as cheaper microbial psychotherapists whom they tell all their heavy stories? And why would someone harass a milk like that? Since we weren’t there when those myths happen and we cannot fully inhabit the past, we cannot know. But we can speculate about it.

At the workshop, we will craft our own versions of past, present, and future food mythologies. Each fermented jar will be complemented by a scenario describing not only what the jar is, but also imagining what it could be. Alongside such fictionalizing, our jars will become fermented prototypes of speculative food realities; embodying our own handmade edible mythologies. To further support our imagination, we will use the Food Tarot cards deck ( that presents 22 ‘speculative diet tribes’ symbolizing various experimental ‘not quite yet’ food practices. Food Tarot tribes such as Gut Gardeners, Monsa[n]tanists, and Ethical Cannibals raise questions about the complex, messy realities of everyday food worlds and provoke imaginaries about possible alternatives. Workshop participants are welcomed to contribute their fermentation resources - edible, practical, or imaginary. Bring and share your own ferments, instruments, ideas, techniques and anything else that makes up your fermentation practice.

What: The global Hackteria Network, Gasthaus: Fermentation and Bacteria
and mikroBIOMIK invite to a next chapter of open soil retreat
Research and share knowledge during a four day happening with public workshops and discussions.
Everyone is welcome!

In collaboration with Stadtacker[[4]]
Stadtacker Stuttgart is a urban garden in the center of the city Stuttgart
and next to the Container City of Kunstverein Waagenhalle Stuttgart

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Dissemination in Kulturfolger,


03.10.2018, 8pm.

Artspace Kulturfolger [5]
Idastrasse 46, 8003 Zurich
Open each Wednesday afternoon. Detailed schedule under EVENTS [6]

Final talk and presentation at Kulturfolger as Part of the exhibition "Luxuriouse Molecule - Forschung als Luxus"
In cooperation with ZHdK Students and Molecular System Engeneering NCCR-MSE.
Curatorial Team: Lisa Lee Benjamin, Marcel Schock, Petra Tomljanovic
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