4 September–10 January 2021
Soil Matters exhibition at the Design Museum’s Gallery explores the materiality of soil and how it is interwoven with human activity. The design industry steers consumer habits, thus contributing to the contamination and transformation of the land.
The exhibition highlights how, among other factors, the glass and porcelain industries and new technologies have left their mark in the soil. In the exhibition, designers, artisans and artists explore the relationship between human and soil through experimental design projects. Soil Matters will open in September for Helsinki Design Week. It will mark the end of the three-year Design Club Open Call series, in which impressive new curatorial content has been sought for Design Museum’s Gallery.
Artists and groups at the exhibition: Tzuyu Chen (TW), Annelie Grimwade Olofsson (SE/DK), Özgü Gündeşlioğlu (TR), Catharina Kajander (FI), Riikka Latva-Somppi (FI), Maarit Mäkelä (FI), Pauliina Purhonen (FI), Erna Skúladóttir (IS), Unknown Fields Division (Liam Young & Kate Davies) (UK), Un/Making Studio (Åsa Ståhl & Kristina Lindström) (SE)
Soil Matters features nine projects, each with their own approach to the soil. The exhibition showcases a multidisciplinary group of professionals who work with soil, from ceramic artists to activists and different types of research groups.
Maarit Mäkelä (FI), Riikka Latva-Somppi (FI), Catharina Kajander (FI), Özgü Gündeşlioğlu (TR), Tzuyu Chen (TW), Pauliina Purhonen (FI)
Riikka Latva-Somppi (FI)
Maarit Mäkelä (FI)
Unknown Fields Division (Liam Young and Kate Davies) (UK)
Annelie Grimwade-Olofsson (SE/DK)
Erna Skúladóttir (IS)
Tzuyu Chen (TW)
Un/Making Studio: Åsa Ståhl and Kristina Lindström (SE)
The Soil Laboratory is part of the Empirica research group at the Aalto University Department of Design
*all photos are taken by Tzuyu Chen