The Soil Biome Immersion is an immersive experience into both the soil and ones own interconnection with decay. Using theatrical techniques, such as sound, lighting and atmosphere, this work becomes both ceremonial and educational. Through a 20 minute performance lecture of storytelling, sound and tactility, the participant is playfully transported into what it may feel like to be an organism in soil, to be matter in soil, to decompose and be re- composed. A narrative amongst a soundscape creates a meditative space to explore the micro world of soil ecology, slowly moving through the characters of the soil, from bacteria to fungi. The spoken word explores the soil as a living entity, blurring the boundaries between the participant and the soil entity within the room. This work provokes a knowledge of the invisible life in soil, encapsulates a vibrancy into what may seem an inert pile of dirt, and develops an ecological ontology that reminds us of our ultimate material destination back into compost.
This work had its debut at the Performance Climate 16# conference at Melbourne University.