Have you ever considered eating earth? Though the practice of eating earth and soil-like substances is classified as a psychological disorder in the DSM, in many cultures the eating of soil is a spiritual and healing practice.
The Museum of Edible Earth
This practice called geophagy has captured the fascination of independent artist and earth eater Masha Ru. Masha has brought together a collection of edible soils from across the world in the Museum of Edible Earth – which will be part of an exhibition at the World Soil Museum at the end of 2021. The Museum of Edible Earth in 2020-2021 is kindly supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL and Tijl Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
In their creative practice, besides incorporating the personal desire to eat earth, Masha explores the reality of contemporary geophagy. The Museum of Edible Earth collects and connects the different cultural uses and histories of what lies beneath our feet. In this lecture, Masha invites us to reconsider our knowledge about soil, food, and cultural traditions, by elaborating on the question how geophagic practices could alter the ways we relate to the earth.
About lecture series Soil! What lies beneath your feet?
Soil, earth, ground, dirt, dust, mud, humus, filth. Many names for the matter that lies beneath our feet, but what is soil? And is the idea of soil subject to change? In this series we dig through the myriads of ways in which soil is interpreted, understood, and represented. We muddle through the arts, politics, and sciences of soil in order to uncover the unknown worlds beneath (y)our feet.
About Masha Ru
Masha Ru is an independent artist with a background in science. Masha’s projects combine scientific research with a personal approach and cultural practices. In 2011 Ru obtained a PhD in Mathematics and graduated with honours from Photo Academy Amsterdam. In 2013-2014 they participated in the art-in-residency programme at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam, and in 2018 Masha was an artist fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW). Masha's artistic as well as scientific work has been exhibited, screened and published all over the world. The work of Masha Ru is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.