Project’s aim is to integrate and analyse the dialogues and interactions between different actors and the soil, ultimately providing a more comprehensive understanding of agricultural extraction. Moreover, the project seeks to challenge the conventional definition of soil predominantly shaped by human perspectives and redefine it as a resource that transcends individual ownership.
Lanzhi Zhang, Xiaotong Lai
Silence is not a widely recognized or established term. However, it appears to be a metaphorical expression that refers to the lack of attention or concern given to the degradation of land and soil caused by unsustainable and intensive farming practices. In this context, silence takes on two distinct meanings - it can refer to those who are silenced and choose to remain silent, as well as those who cannot respond and therefore resort to silence.
Our research site is located in the Villa Romana de Pisões, an area that is not only surrounded by intensive agriculture but is also an archaeological site. The scale of agricultural innovation began in the Roman period, marking the beginning of human claims on the land. The agricultural potential of this site was discovered due to the value of its soil, which has been assigned a function to develop large-scale intensive farming practices, presenting specific colours and textures on satellite maps. This focus on the rights of the soil has led to its isolation by humans, rendering it silent.
Dialogue with Soils
Dialogue represents in our theme the way in which different people communicate with the soil. It shows how archaeology, agriculture and the inhabitants are brought into the corresponding events through the soil, which acts as a medium to indicate the relationship between the events and the environment and carries the basis for the events.