Radiant Soil

ALIVE / EN VIE exhibition at Espace EDF Fondation

Paris, France - 2013

The word ‘soil’ might speak quietly of secure mass and compression and resource for framing human territory, but this contemporary soil seethes with a myriad of seeded viscera, miniscule fragments gathering and efflorescing, redolent with chorusing oceans of growth to come. The soil covers, and retreats. Soil consumes space, erasing and consuming daily circumstance within its unspeakably silent, primal fertility. The ambivalence latent within soil makes it a monstrous doppelganger for architecture.

Radiant Soil forms interlinking clouds of industrial design biomimetic components of polymer, metal and glass, arranged in suspended filter layers contain a near-living carbon-capture metabolism. Frond-clusters fitted with shape-memory alloy mechanisms react to viewers as they approach, flexing and setting off bursts of light that stimulate the protocells and trigger chains of motion that ripple throughout the environment. Scent-emitting glands attract viewers and encourage interaction with the system, providing stimulus that increases air circulation and protocell formation.

Radiant Soil

Radiant Soil

  • Philip Beesley
  • Andrea Ling
  • Jonathan Tyrrell

Collaborator

  • Rachel Armstrong

PBAI Studio

  • Sue Balint
  • Eric Bury
  • Martin Correa
  • Pedro Garcia
  • Jonathan Gotfryd
  • Jayden Lee
  • Anne Paxton
  • Mingyi Zhou

Production (Toronto)

  • Mariella Amodio
  • Martina Ferrera
  • Yonghan Kim
  • Brownyn Loucks
  • Sydney Morrison
  • Sarah Stephens
  • William Yam
  • Production (Paris)
  • Jessica Anoche
  • Marjorie Artières
  • Olivia Aspinall
  • Jade Boyeldieu d’Auvigny
  • ydia Chang
  • Polina Ershova
  • Fabio Latino
  • Hanaa Della Lama Taouzri
  • Rachel Trattles

Radiant Soil

This work was made possible with the generous support of the following organizations:

Canadian Cultural Centre Paris Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Canada Council for the Arts Ontario Arts Council