HUMUS sapiens

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Who is HUMUS sapiens?

«[HUMUS sapiens]» represents a compilation of soil explorations emerging from the networks of

We bring DIY (do it yourself) and DIWO (do it with others) approaches as well as an open source based ‘hacker spirit’ into soil ecology. We invite you to reflect on current scientific discourses and critical societal challenges through hands-on tinkering and curiosity driven research.

We are building a network of soil enthusiasts for long-term collaborative research and invite YOU to join us. Read more on Mikrobiomik

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NEXT Events - "HUMUS sapiens on tour"

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Zurich, 03. October 2018


03.10.2018, 8pm.

Artspace Kulturfolger [1]
Idastrasse 46, 8003 Zurich
Open each Wednesday afternoon. Detailed schedule under EVENTS [2]

Final talk and presentation at Kulturfolger as Part of the exhibition "Luxuriouse Molecule - Forschung als Luxus"
In cooperation with ZHdK Students and Molecular System Engeneering NCCR-MSE.
Curatorial Team: Lisa Lee Benjamin, Marcel Schock, Petra Tomljanovic


Berlin, 01.-07. October 2018

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Mini-residency: 01.-07. October 2018
Workshop: SUN 07.10.2018, 17:00

HUMUS (sapiens)

SUN 07.10.2018, 17:00 @ TOP project space, Schillerpromenade 4, 12049 Berlin (

Hosted by TOP, the mini residence by Julian Chollet ends up with a workshop on soil: together with Mindaugas Gapsevicius and Juan Pablo Diaz, we invite you to explore the organic matter of the soil and processes including composting, and digesting. What is humus? What are excrements? What is the role of microbes in soil formation? Participants are invited to reflect on current scientific discourses and critical societal challenges through hands-on tinkering and curiosity-driven research.

Benediktbeuern, 16. October 2018


Referent: Julian Chollet
Exkursion 3: Open Soil research – Einblicke durchs Mikroskop
Datum: 16. Oktober 13:30 – 15:00 Uhr

Wer wohnt in unserem Kompost? Was essen Regenwürmer? Wie entsteht Humus? Bei diesem Workshop geht es um spielerisches Lernen, matschige Hände und staunende Gesichter. Entdecke eine verborgene Welt im Kleinen: geh hinaus, sammle Proben und beobachte die kleinen Lebewesen wie sie organischen Abfall in fruchtbare Erde verwandeln.

Who lives in our compost? What do earthworms eat? How is humus produced? This workshop is about playful learning, muddy hands and the exploration of a miniature universe. Discover a hidden world on a small scale: go out, collect samples and observe the little creatures as they turn organic waste into fertile soil.

You can also bring your own sample.


PAST Events

RandeLab Soil Retreat, Mai 2018

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mikroBIOMIK Soil Retreat, July 2018

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Kilpisjärvi 18.-20. September 2018

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Notes from our explorations in Kilpisjärvi are on HUMUS.Sapiens-Field_Notes

Lucerne, 22.-25. September 2018

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When: 21. - 23. September 2018


  • FabLab Lucerne
  • Naherholunsgebiet Allmend [3]
  • Gaudi's Schrebergarten [4]


Lab Inauguration (Saturday, 22. September 2018)

Micro-Plastic Session (Sunday, 23. September 2018)

  • Building Centrifuges
  • Extracting Micro-plastic
  • Excursion, Sampling soil
  • Microscopy and Extraction

Humusapiens im GaudiLabs (Monday, 24. September 2018)

Stuttgart, 26.-29. September 2018

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Link to think about further ideas: [[5]]

26.-29.09.2018 WORKSHOPS and DISCUSSIONS
30.9.-11.10.2018 EXHIBITION
im Kunstverein Wagenhalle /TAUT, Stuttgart
register here for workshops:


with Emanuela Ascari, CROMA-LAB

Two days workshop 27.9. thursday 10-18h 28.9. friday 15-18h

mikroBIOMIK Soil Microscopy Workshop
with Julian Chollet and Josephine Blersch 26th September, 12-15h

Fermenting Speculative Food (Hi)stories
hands-on fermentation & speculative fiction workshop
with Marketa Dolejšová and Maya Minder 29th September, 10-18h

In collaboration with Stadtacker[[6]]
Stadtacker Stuttgart is a urban garden in the center of the city Stuttgart
and next to the Container City of Kunstverein Waagenhalle Stuttgart