7 October – 24 November, LAB-14 Gallery
Opening 7 October, 7PM
Curator: Dr Renee Beale
Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-4pm, and Thursday 10am-6pm.
Special viewing: Wednesday 7 October, 7PM – 9PM (opening night), and by appointment.
“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” – Wendell Berry.
Have we forgotten to consider the soil as living and breathing, as the source of our food and many life saving pharmaceuticals, a contributor to our physical and psychological wellbeing, an important store of carbon, and water purifier?
Dirty Secrets uncovers the hidden curiosities buried in soil. It encourages a deeper search for our connection to the land and its importance to our survival.
Ponder growing vegetables on a tropical island while sitting on your own private island.
Consider fertility in many of its guises through fruit and vegetable jewellery.
Encounter paintings of the land, from the land.
View soil monoliths and maps from 60 years ago.
Connect with the gallery garden.
Meet the microscopic critters living in soil.
The opening of Dirty Secrets follows our ThoughtLAB-14 event, Dead Dirt.
On opening night you can:
Sample some amazing earthy treats handmade by the Melbourne Uni Student Union Food Coop (there just may be some edible soil!!)
Participate in an illuminating experiment put together by Dr Simon Cropper from the School of Psychological Sciences that tests our perception of natural and unnatural textures.
Listen to a live music performance of composer Vincent Giles’ work based on the soil surrounding Carlton Connect and 50-year-old soil samples provided by Dr Tony Weatherley.
Dirty Secrets celebrates the International Year of Soil 2015.
Image courtesy of Alice Potter.