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Soil Art


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If you have used earth materially or symbolically in your creative practice, or in some way addressed the value, function, or meaning of soil in your work, you are invited to take part in the following survey on soil and art.

Although the arts play a critical role in sustainability discourses, the actual opinions, knowledge and practices of artists are rarely a subject of scientific inquiry. Your voice is important! With your help, we hope to gather information on different artistic positions relating to soil and soil conservation issues, and to identify the various conditions under which such works were made.

This survey makes up part of my PhD research on the artistic use, interpretation and representation of soil, carried out within the German Research Foundation's (DFG) graduate research group on urban ecology. The project is supervised by Prof. Dr. Gerd Wessolek at the Technical University of Berlin. All data is collected with utmost integrity for research purposes. Specific details about individual projects and persons derrived from the survey will not be disclosed without the respondent’s consent.

Thank you kindly in advance for your input!

Alexandra R. Toland
DFG Graduate Research Group 780/3:
Perspectives on Urban Ecology
Ernst Reuter Platz 1, 10587 Berlin, Germany
Berlin University of Technology / Faculty VI
Institute for Ecology / Dept. of Soil Protection