The Museum of Edible Earth

Masharu (NL)

“Geophagy” is the scientific name for the practice of eating earth and earth-like substances, such as clay and chalk. Eating earth is an ancient practice and is an integral part of many cultures across the world.

 

The Museum of Edible Earth is a cross-disciplinary project with, at its core, a collection of earth samples, which are eaten for various reasons by different people across the globe. It invites the audience to physically question our relationship to the environment and the Earth, and to review our knowledge about food and cultural traditions using creative thinking. *The Museum of Edible Earth* addresses the following questions: What stands behind earth-eating traditions? Where does the edible earth come from? What are the possible benefits and dangers of eating earth? What engagement are we, as humans, establishing with our environment and non-humans?

 

The Museum of Edible Earth has more than 400 edible earth samples, mostly clay, such as, for instance, kaolin and bentonite, as well as chalk, limestone, volcanic rock, diatomaceous earth, and topsoil. The materials originate from 34 countries. Alongside the earth collection, The Museum of Edible Earth includes graphic design materials, photography and video works, online edible earth interactive database (*www.museumofedible.earth*), installations and performances. It fosters collaborations with scientists, artists, designers, researchers, and cultural communities.

 

The Museum of Edible Earth contributes to the cross-fertilization between science and art. Geophagy among animals as well as geophagy among humans is scientifically researched. Papers about it are published in the journals on anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, chemistry, and biology.

The Museum of Edible Earth is a movable museum. Its presentations are mixed-media and participatory, often involving earth tastings, workshops, discussions, and screenings.

Disclaimer: Eating earth is not recommended by food authorities and is at your own risk.

“Geophagy” is the scientific name for the practice of eating earth and earth-like substances, such as clay and chalk. Eating earth is an ancient practice and is an integral part of many cultures across the world.

 

The Museum of Edible Earth is a cross-disciplinary project with, at its core, a collection of earth samples, which are eaten for various reasons by different people across the globe. It invites the audience to physically question our relationship to the environment and the Earth, and to review our knowledge about food and cultural traditions using creative thinking. *The Museum of Edible Earth* addresses the following questions: What stands behind earth-eating traditions? Where does the edible earth come from? What are the possible benefits and dangers of eating earth? What engagement are we, as humans, establishing with our environment and non-humans?

 

The Museum of Edible Earth has more than 400 edible earth samples, mostly clay, such as, for instance, kaolin and bentonite, as well as chalk, limestone, volcanic rock, diatomaceous earth, and topsoil. The materials originate from 34 countries. Alongside the earth collection, The Museum of Edible Earth includes graphic design materials, photography and video works, online edible earth interactive database (*www.museumofedible.earth*), installations and performances. It fosters collaborations with scientists, artists, designers, researchers, and cultural communities.

 

The Museum of Edible Earth contributes to the cross-fertilization between science and art. Geophagy among animals as well as geophagy among humans is scientifically researched. Papers about it are published in the journals on anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, chemistry, and biology.

The Museum of Edible Earth is a movable museum. Its presentations are mixed-media and participatory, often involving earth tastings, workshops, discussions, and screenings.

Disclaimer: Eating earth is not recommended by food authorities and is at your own risk.

www.museumofedible.earth
www.masharu.nl

Founder: masharu

Project management: SasaHara, Irene Kobalchuk

Photo and video: masharu, Ielyj Ivgi, Jester van Schuylenburch and Anna Zamanipoor, Anton Melles, Dave Soerjaman, Ielyj Ivgi, Jester van Schuylenburch, Koen de Boer, Mila Blok, Rodney Tang, Jhalisa Rhens and Luuk Van Veen

Graphic design: Olga Ganzha, Anna Zamanipoor, Dinesh Basnet, Rodney Tang and Dave Soerjaman

Web design: Raphaël Pia, Andrew Revinsky and William Ageneau

Product design: Basse Stittgen

 

Support received from: Creative Industries Fund NL, Tijl Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Netherlands Embassy in Russia, Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdams Fonds Voor De Kunst, and Het Wilhelmina E. Jansen Fonds. Support in kind has been received from: The World Soil Museum

masharu (NL/RU) (1984), born in Moscow, lives and works in Amsterdam. masharu is an earth eater and an earth lover. masharu’s projects combine scientific research with a personal approach and traditional practices. In 2011 they obtained a PhD in Mathematics from Eindhoven University of Technology and graduated with honors from Photo Academy Amsterdam. In 2013-2014 they were Artist-in-Residence at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam. In 2018 masharu was an artist fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW).

masharu (NL/RU) (1984), born in Moscow, lives and works in Amsterdam. masharu is an earth eater and an earth lover. masharu’s projects combine scientific research with a personal approach and traditional practices. In 2011 they obtained a PhD in Mathematics from Eindhoven University of Technology and graduated with honors from Photo Academy Amsterdam. In 2013-2014 they were Artist-in-Residence at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam. In 2018 masharu was an artist fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW).