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Eatting the soil

From September 22nd to 24th 2017 Glogoair, Berlin
Eatting the soil

Culinary performance: Eat the earth...and become a plant?

Eating dirt is still a widespread practice in some African cultures and in India, in some rural areas of the USA or Mexico.
in India, in some rural regions of the United States or in Mexico. This practice, already described
described by Hippocrates in the 4th century BC, is linked to the belief that earth
and in particular clay, absorbs toxins and protects against infectious agents, cures
gastric problems and prevents or combats nausea and vomiting. The ingestion of
The ingestion of earth is therefore common among young children and women, and researchers currently tend to think that these benefits are real. Obviously, except in the case of mental disorders, the earth is not eaten as it is, by handfuls picked up from the ground, but boiled after having been taken from the ground.
But geophagy is also the most common form of PICA (compulsive consumption of inedible products). This pathological practice of ingesting raw soil (up to one kg per day) can lead to iron deficiency anaemia, heavy metal and pesticide poisoning, parasite infections, severe constipation, muscular paralysis...

In Berlin I made an "earth" preparation based on cocoa biscuits and planted with radish sprouts, alfafa and mustard, adding a more humid and pungent touch to the sweet and crunchy side of the "earth".
The reactions were very diverse, as the film was shown at the same time, suggesting a transformation induced by the consumption of earth. Receptacles of the black ceramic preparation with seed imprints were installed in the middle of the sound sculptures.
Listening to the earth also arose from the real substrate, which caused a slight anxiety for some participants. The sounds coming out of the black stems, from the movements of invertebrates, produced a very peaceful sound to savour in an almost Zen-like way an experience that was both gustatory, visual and sonorous.

  • Eatting the soil
  • Eatting the soil
  • Eatting the soil
  • Eatting the soil
  • Eatting the soil
  • Eatting the soil
  • Eatting the soil
Karine Bonneval