101 Songs of Soil

101 songs with soil in the title played back to back for the duration of a 1980's disco weekender

Over four days at Falmouth University, UK, the RANE research group in collaboration with The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) ran a project called the Soil Culture Forum.

The forum was part of a programme of events which included exhibitions, residencies, workshops and socially engaged activities, which proposed to re-examine the cultural and environmental importance of soil.

A key focus of the forum was to investigate ways in which the arts can help to raise awareness for the plight of global soils. The forum contended that enthusing people through art and literature on environmental issues can do what orthodox activism often struggles to do: inspire and open minds to creative possibilities that can engage communities.

Referencing weekender discos from the 1970’s & 80’s, 101 Songs of Soil was devised as an online broadcast that would stream continuously over the 4 day duration of the Soil Culture Forum. The work also exists as an actual 80's style mobile disco, which is available for weddings, bar mitzvahs and garden parties.

Listen to the streams here:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3 

Day 4