Calling all clayphiles, earthcrafters, soil mates and mud peoples!

If you work with soil in your research practice, KABK Design Lectorate and Studium Generale invite you to share what you know and find out more at:

KABK Design Lectorate x Studium Generale
Research Club: Kindred Soils
Wednesday 14 September, 17:00 - 19:00
Special guests: masharu and Caro Verbeek
Malieveld, directly opposite KABK main entrance (bad weather: Gipsenzaal)

In this month's meeting of the KABK Research Club, we explore and share art and design research practices that gather around the uses and meanings of soil. Special guest participant Dr. masharu will invite us to an earth-tasting banquet and Dr. Caro Verbeek will discuss how the sense of smell can be activated to ‘know’. The event marks the launch of Studium Generale’s year-long investigation into how to care for soil in the face of planetary crisis.

Guest participants:
Dr. Caro Verbeek (she / her) is curator, author, professor and maker specialized in the cultural history of perception. She has developed educational tools and courses to engage with art and scholarship on a more sensory level and embodied level, including ‘the Multi-Sensory Gaze’ for the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, ‘The Other Senses’ at the Royal Academy of Arts (The Hague) and ‘Knowing by Sensing’ at Vrije Universiteit, where she is an assistant-professor. Over the past ten years she has created numerous olfactory reconstructions of historical objects and events for exhibitions and art projects as part of her PhD-project ‘Smelling Time - Reconstructing the Aromatic Dimension of Futurism’.

Dr. masharu
Dr. masharu (they/them) is an earth eater and earth lover. masharu’s projects combine scientific research with a personal approach and cultural practices. They have been an artist in residence at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and an art fellow at Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW). masharu's artistic as well as scientific work has been exhibited, screened and published worldwide in such venues and events as World Soil Museum in Wageningen, Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Modern Art Museum in Yerevan, African Artists’ Foundation in Lagos, Spanish Cultural Centre in Guatemala City, World Design Event in Eindhoven, ReadyTex Gallery in Paramaribo, 4th Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale in Jakarta, European Ceramic Workcentre in Oisterwijk, Sustainica in Dusseldorf and Museo Maritimo in Bilbao.

Call for student and/or tutor contributions!
Is soil part of your research practice? Whether you consider your garden your studio, extract your own clay from local soil or listen to the Earth’s crustal evolution, then we invite you to share what you are working on and find out what your peers and colleagues are doing. Please send your name, department and a short description of your research-in-progress to Design Lectorate coordinator Martha Jager at before 31 August.

KABK Design Lectorate
Based around the collective research project, Design and the Deep Future, the KABK Design Lectorate seeks to build and nurture a research culture at KABK.

The KABK Research Club is an informal forum for tutors, heads, staff, workshop supervisors, PhD candidates and students from the KABK and Leiden University. Research can take the form of scholarly investigation into art or design as subject matter, or it can be practice-led, using art or design as the method and means of enquiry. Club meetings are organized several times a year and convened by the Design Lector, Dr Alice Twemlow (she/her). During club meetings, participants are invited to share their research in progress and engage in discussion about shared points of interest in research such as methods, approaches and references as well as in practical matters such as the funding, organisation, publishing and dissemination of research. The aim is to identify and nurture emergent and developing research projects, share findings and best practices and create a network of potential collaborators and mentors.

KABK Studium Generale

For this edition of Research Club, the Design Lectorate is teaming up with Studium Generale, a semi-theoretical, interdisciplinary programme to help students assess their own work from a different perspective and to draw inspiration from other fields of knowledge, curated by Erika Sprey (she/her). In 2019 Studium Generale presented lecture programs on The Parasite, a polyphonic inquiry into the fuzzy semantic field around the parasite as an organism, phenomenon, dynamic, relation and metaphor, and in 2020, it began a 2-year, 29- conversation-rich exploration of Wxtch Craft as a queer eco-feminist liberatory practice.

This year the Studium Generale continues to deepen this intersectional perspective on the collision of multiple planetary crises with the program The Word for World is Soil, an expanded lecture series that explores activist and communal modes of sensuous earth crafting, revolving around the question: how can human-soil relations help to disrupt exploitative inheritances of earth belonging?