Andrea von Braun Stiftung
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Dirt Dialogues – An Exercise in Transdisciplinary Integration

Alexandra R. Toland

A poster exhibition of artists’ works and a film program was realized from June 8 to June 13, 2014 at the 20th World Congress of Soil Science, (20WCSS) in Jeju, Korea as an empirical exercise in transdisciplinary integration. By integrating the arts into one of the largest and most prominent scientific conferences on soils, the aim was to bring different areas of expertise together to inspire new opportunities for sci-art collaboration, and to expand the horizons of soil protection and communication. The scientific poster session served as a site of communication that was logistically, conceptually, and visually well situated for the integration of a broad range of artworks with and about soil, while a makeshift cinema served to deepen aesthetic and emotional experience in an immersive, atypical conference gathering space. Images and descriptions of selected projects as well as a complete list of participating artists and scientific session topics is documented on