Chemical, Organic, Mixed.
A speculative revisit to the soils of the Haughley Experiment.
Research and public programme carried out in collaboration between
Åsa Sonjasdotter and Fatima Alaiwat, Sophie Hughes, and Linnea Johnels.
Carried out in the fall of 2022.
The Haughley Experiment was initiated in 1939 by the farmers Alice Debenham, Cathleen Karnley, and Eve Balfour, who also was an author. Working with the land they compared the effect of organic, chemical, and mixed farming on soil over a period of thirty years.
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A day by the soils of the Haughley Experiment, in Haughley, Suffolk, the UK, 18 November, 2022:
This public programme was made possible thanks to the generous sharing of knowledge by inhabitants of Haughley, the Haughley History Forum, the Suffolk Archives, the farmer Chris Townshend, and the vermiologist Robert Blakemore.
The programme was produced by the Delfina Foundation, London, the UK, in collaboration with the MA Art & Ecology, Goldsmiths, University of London. The event was coordinated by Programme Curator Viviana Checchia and Programme Assistant Yasmine Sefraoui, the Delfina Foundation, with support by Ros Gray, Reader in Fine Art, Critical Studies and Programme Director of the MA Art & Ecology
The programme was part of Delfina Foundation’s fifth season of the Politics of Food, in partnership with Gaia Art Foundation and with additional support from a range of individuals and partners, where Åsa Sonjasdotter was a 2022 resident. Her residency was supported by Iaspis – The Swedish Grants Committee. Alaiwat, Hughes, and Johnels weres students at the MA Art & Ecology, Goldsmiths, University of London.
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A speculative (re)visit to the soils of the Haughley Experiment.