This video features Joel Spring and Victoria Pham in conversation with West Space curator Sebastian Henry-Jones, on the occasion of their collaborative exhibition TERRA: Memory & Soil.
On show at West Space, 3 September – 16 October, 2022.
TERRA: Memory + Soil is a collaboration between Victoria Pham and Joel Spring, whose critical interdisciplinary positions—evolutionary biology, architecture, contemporary art, and composition—bring vastly different insights into notions of the built environment, history and legacies of colonialism.
When we consider gardening, we tend to create a relationship with the natural world through control. Instead of revealing the Earth beneath our feet, we often seek to conceal it, relegating soil to a tool from which our ideal forms grow. This work combines digital art and research into local indigenous knowledge. Instead of a geometrically symmetrical space bordered by hedges and freshly mown grass, Spring and Pham offer a space to listen and experience history through soil, and reconsider what it means to garden.
TERRA: Memory + Soil is co-commissioned by West Space, Liquid Architecture and Centre for Projection Art