We’re continuously exploring ways to build bridges between our research, local communities, artists and key actors of food and agricultural system transformation and agroecological transition
The Greenhouse is hosting 18 artists’ reflections on the future of our plants. How do we preserve and communicate their biodiversity, what is the role of wild plants, how can agroecology work to sustain cultivated plants? How can the soil be revitalized? What public discussions can we have about these relationships between nutrition, food, and social issues?
These artworks, films and installations, attempt to raise awareness about the future of plants, soil, nutrition, food, and water, and they reflect contact with some of the research of Sustainable Agroecosystems group.
FUTURE PLAN(T)S will be accompanied by two public LASERZURICH panels, featuring talks and discussion with artists and scientists from our Group. These discourses will be held on «The Future of Soil – Plant interactions» (Register here) and «Resilience, Nutrition, Food Systems» (Register here).
Curated by Jill Scott, Dorothea Rust, Ursula Palla Sandro, Sandro Steudler and Barbara Bientenholz and co-organized with Life Science Zurich.
ALIMENTO is the first of a series of 3 exhibitions entitled “Earth is the heaviest element” which addresses the need to de-construct and re-construct our relationship to the earth, other humans and non human entities. It brings together the knowledge and practices of Latin American and Swiss artists and scientists together, in order to suggest alternative ways of co-existing.
The exhibition will be between the Art space La_cápsula and the Greenhouse. Curated by Adriana Domínguez. In collaboration with arvae.
Every third Friday of each month the SAE Greenhouse is open for a Bar*tering apéro. We will gather to rethink and explore together Food as a common. Bring your abundance aka. what you want/have and let’s engage in drinks and food sharing, seed & sprout swapping, recipe exchanges, test testers of food experiments. Feeding cycles of reciprocity.
WARM EARTH diner
The collective Cocinas Alterinas ( with Gabriela Aquije Zegarra and Mayar El Bakry ) explored nourishment and care with northern winter (seamless) scarcity, in synchronicity with cooking methods and flavours from the Nile desert and the Andes dry season. Restitute value to slow-cooking, through diasporic and indigenous knowledge from the global south. Thinking through flavour, acting through regenerative ways of cooking against climate emergency.
This series of three dinners is a collaboration between Arvae, Manon Briod & Mathieu Pochon, foodculture days, TETI Group and SAE Greenhouse Lab. Together, we will unfold the three chapters of the publication “MobileSoils” by TETI Press: investigating the mineral and rooted discussions of the underground, looking at the layered and planted conversations on the ground, and finally exploring the circulating patterns across the overground.
These events took place with the support of Pro Helvetia.
March – June & September 2022
“Underground”, the first dinner in the series, explores the invisible textures of the soil, its living organisms, and prophetic qualities. How can the unseen layers of the underground be made visible?
«Ground», the second dinner in the series, explores the dynamics of “giving and taking”, “production and consumption”, “human beings and machines”, “linear and circular”, addressing food and agricultural practices and through scientific and socio-political questions.
“Overground”,the last dinner, foodculture days invited the artist Grace Denis to examine the circulation of plants and nutrients at ground level, questioning the transit of plants and seeds through various terrains. Traversing beyond the subterranean into the plane in which we most frequently encounter plant matter, the dinner investigates the cycling of nutrients amongst plants, illustrating the circulatory forms inherent to cultivation.
HELVETIA and the journey of a cocoa bean
The Greenhouse Art-Lab welcomes the work of the artist Marie Van Berchem “Helvetia” and a series of photos following the journey of a cocoa bean by the researcher Braida Thom. This exhibition and the panel discussion aims to foster a dialogue on the role of socially engaged Art & Science to foster agroecological transitions. The work highlights how the invisibility — and even erasure — of cocoa’s spatiotemporal context in the marketing of Swiss chocolate reflects a broader attitude of refusal when it comes to seeing our continuous involvement in colonization. This project seeks to open the reflection to other dimensions along the value chain– from the agricultural production to consumption.
ON GOING EXPERIMENT
Fostering Duckweed – FROM URINE TO PROTEIN
Since Spring 2020 the art-collective Baggenstos/Rudolf to work on their project “fostering Duckweed – From urine to protein”. Noticing the synergies between our current RUNRES project (https://runres.ethz.ch/ ) aiming to foster circular bioeconomies. The Artistic duo explore the closed cycle between the plant and us and establish a human-plant.
Same Things make us laugh, make us cry
Artistic interventions represent an attempt to look beyond existing systems and engage with new perspectives. The ecological alternatives are a new holistic thinking that connects cosmology and nature in a spiritual way and affirms the need for respect diversity in both human and non-human forms. To deepen the notion of biodiversity, the home – our soil and soul of our non-human kinfolks will form a refuge and center for body, art and unity. With „Same things make us laugh, make us cry“, the Body Archive Project established their own language to explore and present new ways of thinking.