Four years in the making, our award-winning documentary film weaves together majestic landscapes, a moving original soundtrack, and deeply insightful interviews with world leaders in the natural farming movement.
A team building exercise where groups work together to build a giant mandala from locally-foraged natural materials, celebrating local nature, and building stronger relationships with the environment and each other.
Participants learn simple ways to preserve and use plants to make postcards, exploring the shapes, textures, and colors of local plants, and using them to tell the story of places in more delicate and intimate ways than a traditional postcard.
An art-making workshop where participants discover the importance of the billions of individual living beings in the soil as we slowly delicately, and mindfully explore the myriad colors and life to be found in soil, stone, and other local natural elements.
Comprising over 7,000 individual leaves collected from beneath a tree, this temporary ‘meditative” installation was created in public view over the course of four weeks at Contemporary Art Space Osaka as part of the Robert Callender International Residency.
On the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, a small group of volunteers from Japan visit South Korea. This short film follows their activities, showing us both the far reaching effects of war, and the power of human compassion.
Built along natural farming principals, we transform an empty urban lot into a natural garden based on empathy with all living things, including the weeds, bugs, and all of the life that enters the space. This empathy is woven into a series of arts and environment workshops, and eventually carried into the community by those who visit the garden.
A standards-integrated hands-on educational workshop that has students examine how their eating habits affect the soil and the ecosystem. Students will be able to demonstrate the importance of soil to the ecosystem, and devise their own real world answers and actions to combat ecological issues.
In an economy which pushes and fights its way towards new, profitable solutions, one Japanese man wields a refreshingly simple way of problem solving, finding balance for himself and his family in a way that most would find counter-intuitive.
A complete disconnection of our modern concept of “economic growth” from the reality of “natural growth” on this earth has created the most spectacular ecological issues humanity has ever seen. As a response, we built a temporary ‘research centre’ at the University of Edinburgh’s TENT Gallery; a suggestion to reconnect our ideas of economic growth with the natural growth that all of our systems are in the end, realistically bound to.
Kristyn Leach, resident farmer for Namu Gaji restaurant in San Francisco, explains to SocieCity her own compelling reasons for farming, and why for her, the act of natural farming is about far more than just growing nutritious food.
A gallery exhibition of “natural farmer philosophy,” and a panel discussion where three of Scotland’s leading doers and thinkers on environment and sustainability from three different fields respond to this philosophy.
How do we revitalize dwindling communities? First, we learn about what they are and why they are important. This was a two-month community-based project that fused old-fashioned community interactions with web-based interactive media, allowing islanders and visitors to explore the hidden links between people, culture, and ecology on a small island in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea.
On the face, the installation is a simple call for visitors to take seed into the community to be planted. Yet it also asks us to reconsider the links between ourselves and the food we eat, and the role and power of a seed.
She traveled for 14 months without money, wrote a hand-drawing traveling essay book called ‘Journey of Dust,’ and then decided to work seriously in the field of painting… 3 years later we catch up with Shinhe at her first solo exhibition.
London’s newly unveiled $1.4 Billion, 10-year bicycle plan will qualify as one of the world’s largest public works projects. With a yearly budget more than 100-times what New York City spent on bikes last year, will the effects trickle down to the U.S., or are we Yanks ‘just not built’ for cycling?
The mighty, juicy, cheeseburger meets the lowly leafy green… or is it the other way around? Having a curiosity about the energy required to produce different foods, Vero Alanis and I put the Cheeseburger to the energy-efficiency test, pitting it against the cabbage.
What does it mean for a cabbage to eat a hamburger? We proposed this question in the form of a physical gallery installation, planting a real live cabbage inside a real cheeseburger.
We are born to the world as a part of nature — well, except for test tube babies — and will also leave the world as a part of nature — okay, plus maybe some formaldehyde, antibiotics and whatnot. It’s just this whole ‘living’ part between being born and death where we seem to have things a little screwed up.
Sociecity visits one of three remaining Japantowns (Nihonmachi / 日本町) in the United States and talks with graphic artist Tamiko Rast about a public art project which has both ignited a flurry of local artistic work, and brought a community closer together.