WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
This interdisciplinary symposium on the state of soil will feature performances, interactive activities and visual artwork installed throughout campus.
Panels will take place in the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn exploring a diverse range of topics from microbes to waste management, labor and farming; the magic of composting and soil science.
Seedbed will explore how climate change and human industry have endangered our topsoils – rendering it deadly- as well as the amazing life sustaining potential of what we call “dirt.”
Thursday April 26th, Performance Art at the Farm
Friday April 27th, Welcome by Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, Keynote by Fred Kirschenmann, Panels on Soil, Farming and Labor, Waste, Compost
Films will be screened both evenings.
A pop up visual art exhibition will be on display at the Art Department and at Rachel Carson College
PARTICIPANTS, SPEAKERS & PERFORMERS
Frederick Kirshenmann, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Professor, President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and Organic Farmer
Melissa K. Nelson
Professor, America Indian Studies, San Francisco State University and Executive Director of the Cultural Conservatory
Artist, educator and activist, founder of People’s Own Organic Power (POOP) Project
Cynthia Ling Lee
South Asian and US postmodern dance, choreography, critical dance studies
Sculpture, Installation, Public art, Contemporary theory, Writing and Professor of Art, UCSC
Artist, Critic, Curator and Research Associate at the E.A.R.T.H. Lab
Multidisciplinary artist working as a choreographer, dancer, improviser, circus artist and installation artist
Composer, Artist and Bio-Acoustic Researcher
Damian Parr Ph.D.
Research & Education Coordinator, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)
Ecological Artist and Founding Director of the Center for the Force Majeure
Filmmaker, Archivist and Producer