We are Compost / Composting the We

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We are Compost / Composting the We is an exhibition and education programme that will be taking place at the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art from the 29 July to the 10 September 2022.  Also hosting a dialogue events on the 5 August 2022; We are Compost / Composting the We forms part of the arts and outreach offering for the World Congress of Soil Science 2022.

About the Exhibition

On occasion of the 22nd World Congress of Soil Science – Crossing Boundaries, Changing Society, an exhibition and educational programme, We are Compost / Composting the We, will be taking place at the Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow from 29 July to 10 September 2022. The exhibition features Absorption, a large scale room installation of recycled soil materials by the Berlin-based artist Asad Raza, Gaia Glossary a research installation of literature, audio-visual resources and objects by the Weimar-based guest-curator Alex Toland, and an interactive installation in collaboration with CCA’s own Seed Library.

The exhibition and wider programme features examples of radical composting that explore issues of e.g. food sovereignty, meal cultures, waste streams, allotment politics, right to land movements, seed saving initiatives, and soils as relational, subjective bodies in multispecies communities that demand attention and time in all forms of land stewardship.

Soil scientists attending the WCSS are warmly invited to a dialogue event on August 5 at 3pm hosted by the newly elected chair and co-chair of IUSS Division 4.5 History, Philosophy and Sociology of Soil Science Dr. Alex Toland and Dr Anna Krzywoszynska. The event kicks off with several ‘prompt talks’ and then transitions into “world cafe” style small groups to focus on soil futures-making, reflecting on our experiences of soil connection, and collectively imagining what societies built on soil connections may look like. After the event, the organisers will produce a rich narrative on the basis of shared ideas, which will be performatively “composted” into the exhibition’s research installation.

About the CCA

CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts is Glasgow’s hub for the arts. They host a year-round programme of exhibitions, events, films, music, literature, workshops, festivals and performances. At the heart of all activities is the desire to work with artists, commission new projects and present them to the widest possible audience.

CCA runs an open source programming policy, where we give our venue space to artists and organisations to present their own public events. In 2019-20, CCA worked with 256 programme partners across 1,304 events and 28 festivals. This broad and experimental programme brings a diverse audience to the venue, with 306,482 admissions in 2019-20.

CCA curates six exhibitions a year, presenting local and international artists in our gallery. We are also home to Intermedia Gallery, showcasing emerging artists. Entrance to all exhibitions and many events is free.