Alongside our larger projects Something & Son is starting to produce smaller research based work that will materialise as small sculptural pieces, printed material and impromptu events.
Residency at Kew Gardens + Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW)
as part of the residency we will be public from 2nd to 4th May in the Princess of Wales Conservatory with presentations of our work at 2pm to 2.45pm presenting machines we’ve created to try and mimic the 1 million year natural process of making soil.
Under EU policy soil is a non-renewable resource, and according to many scientists there are only 50 harvests of soil left in some parts of the world.
Something & Son’s residency has led them to talk with some of the worlds leading scientists at Kew about soil and in doing so learn that soil is one of the most complex substances on earth, and essential for the planet and human’s survival.
Working from a soil kitchen-come-lab in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, Something & Son will explore what soil really is by attempting to make it artificially from scratch. They will copy and accelerate the complex systems that take place in nature, using hacked together machines. Part genuine experiment, part satire, the artists are prepared to fail in their attempt to create a substance so complex that we’re only beginning to understand it.
touring group exhibition: from Schumacher College to Hauser & Wirth and many others in between later this year.