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Earth tasting workshop with masharu studio

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What stands behind earth-eating traditions? Where does the edible earth come from? What are the possible benefits and dangers of eating earth? What engagement are we, as humans, establishing with our environment and non-humans?

In this workshop, the Museum of Edible Earth by masharu studio, winner of the YouFab 2021 Grand Prize, offers participants the opportunity to taste a collection of edible soils from across the globe.

The English word "Earth" has both meanings, soil and earth. "Edible Earth" is both "soil that can be eaten" and "earth that can be eaten". Through the experience of earth tasting, we will reflect upon the engagement that we, as humans, establish with our environment and non-humans.

Sat, April 30, 2022  UTC+09:00

17:00 – 18:00

Sat, April 30, 2022  UTC+09:00

18:30 – 19:30

Mon, May 2, 2022  UTC+09:00

17:00 – 18:00

Mon, May 2, 2022  UTC+09:00

18:30 – 19:30

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Geophagy is the scientific name for the practice of eating earth and earth-like substances, such as clay and chalk. Eating earth is an ancient practice and is an integral part of many cultures across the world.

The Museum of Edible Earth, winner of Grand Prize at the YouFab Global Creative Awards 2021 held by FabCafe, is a cross-disciplinary project that has in its core a collection of earth samples, which are eaten for various reasons by different people across the globe. It invites the audience to physically question our relationship to the environment and the Earth, and to review our knowledge about food and cultural traditions using creative thinking. 

The Museum of Edible Earth addresses the following questions: What stands behind earth-eating traditions? Where does the edible earth come from? What are the possible benefits and dangers of eating earth? What engagement are we, as humans, establishing with our environment and non-humans?

As YouFab judge Asa Ito highlights, “through the ‘soil’ that is always and everywhere at our feet, this work extends our imagination beyond the human scale both in terms of time and space, not to mention human culture.”

The Museum of Edible Earth

The Museum of Edible Earth has more than 400 edible earth samples, mostly clay, such as for instance kaolin and bentonite, as well as chalk, limestone, volcanic rock, diatomaceous earth, and topsoil. The materials originate from 36 countries. Alongside the earth collection, the Museum of Edible Earth includes graphic design materials, photography and video works, online edible earth interactive database, installations and performances. It fosters collaborations with scientists, artists, designers, researchers and cultural communities. www.museumofedible.earth

In this Earth tasting workshop, masharu studio offers to facilitate the discovery of an old habit still practiced today through the tasting of edible soil samples from various countries.

Eating earth as a snack is a quite common practice in some countries like Ghana, Indonesia or Suriname. In these countries, the tradition of cooking earth still exists, earth can be bought on the cultural markets to be eaten as a snack. In the neighborhood of Château Rouge in Paris, France, one can easily buy a plastic bag of kaolin (white clay). Especially, women from the Western African community buy and eat it on the street or in the public transport like chips.

It will be an opportunity to share feedback on the symbolism of geophagy and the taste of these soils, as well as to engage in dialogues around food, cultural traditions and humankind’s relationship to the environment.

*Disclaimer: Eating earth is not recommended by food authorities and is at your own risk.

 

April 30th (Sat)

Session 1: 17:00-18:00 (maximum 15 participants)
Session 2: 18:30-19:30 (maximum 15 participants)

May 2nd (Mon)

Session 1: 17:00-18:00 (maximum 15 participants)
Session 2: 18:30-19:30 (maximum 15 participants)

 

Program contents:

  • Presentation by masharu
  • Earth tasting together
  • Discussion with participants

Fee: 2,000 yen (includes a cafe drink)

*The workshop will be conducted in English (with Japanese consecutive interpretation).
*Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For reservations, please click here 👉 http://earth-tasting-workshop.peatix.com

  • masharu studio

    masharu is a creative with a background in science. masharu’s projects combine scientific research with a personal approach and cultural practices. 

    In 2011 they obtained a PhD in Mathematics and graduated with honors from the Photo Academy Amsterdam. In 2013-2014 they participated in the art-in-residency programme at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam. In 2018 masharu was an artist fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW). 

    masharu’s artistic as well as scientific work has been exhibited, screened and published in a large number of museums, cultural centers, art events and foundations all over the world.

    The Museum of Edible Earth is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL, Stichting Niemeijer Fonds, Pauwhof fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Tijl Fonds. The work of masharu is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.

     

    masharu is a creative with a background in science. masharu’s projects combine scientific research with a personal approach and cultural practices. 

    In 2011 they obtained a PhD in Mathematics and graduated with honors from the Photo Academy Amsterdam. In 2013-2014 they participated in the art-in-residency programme at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam. In 2018 masharu was an artist fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW). 

    masharu’s artistic as well as scientific work has been exhibited, screened and published in a large number of museums, cultural centers, art events and foundations all over the world.

    The Museum of Edible Earth is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL, Stichting Niemeijer Fonds, Pauwhof fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Tijl Fonds. The work of masharu is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.

     

Photography credit

  • First photo: Museum of Edible Earth | Photo by masharu studio
  • Second photo: Map of the Museum of Edible Earth | Image by LuukVanVeen
  • Third photo: Earth tasting workshop | Photo by Jester van Schuylenburch
  • Fourth photo: Museum of Edible Earth X diptych in love | Photo by Alexandra Hunts
  • Fifth photo: Museum of Edible Earth | Photo by masharu studio

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・If you are not feeling well, please refrain from participating.

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Date & Time

Sat, April 30, 2022 17:00 – 18:00 UTC+09:00
Sat, April 30, 2022 18:30 – 19:30 UTC+09:00
Mon, May 2, 2022 17:00 – 18:00 UTC+09:00
Mon, May 2, 2022 18:30 – 19:30 UTC+09:00

Venue

FabCafe Tokyo
150-0043 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 1-22-7 Dogenzaka Pier 1F
tel. 03-6416-9190
https://fabcafe.com/jp/tokyo/
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Fee

2,000 yen Ticket price includes a cafe drink

Capacity

60

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